Arts grant brings music to students

DeKALB – For the second consecutive year, the Northern Illinois University Community School of the Arts has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Arts. The money will bring guest artists to DeKalb during the school year to perform for the public and to provide instruction and enrichment to students in the community school. Concerts and workshops are free and open to the public.

On Nov. 2, classical violinist, folk musician, singer and storyteller Susan Reed will perform a family concert in the Music Building.

The next day, Reed will join Laura Knight, Oscar Soler and Scott Conklin as a clinician at the Suzuki Workshop. They will teach group classes, master classes and enrichment sessions to area Suzuki violin, guitar and cello students. The clinicians perform at 1 p.m. in the Concert Hall.

On March 9, William Hudgins, principal clarinetist with the Boston Symphony, and his wife, clarinetist Catherine Hudgins, will perform and conduct a master class at the NIU Clarinet Cornucopia.

On April 20, Lee Kesselman will conduct a workshop for local children’s choral directors and NIU music education students in the “Working with Children’s Voices” series. Kesselman is choral director at the College of DuPage and an award-winning composer. He will bring his composition talents to the choir by composing a commissioned work for the CSA Children’s Chorus that will be premiered by the choir on May 15.

The community school was invited to apply for the grant, which was awarded through the NEA’s Arts Education in American Communities program. The aim of the program is to extend and expand arts education throughout the United States.

“I was thrilled to get this invitation again from the NEA,” community school director Deborah Booth said.

“Last year’s grant brought wonderful artists and teachers to campus and added immeasurably to our community school programs. This year’s grant will do the same or better.”

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