Chaparral Arts, Inc in Prescott has for the third consecutive year been awarded a grant by New York-based ACMP Foundation to support the sixth annual Chaparral Chamber Music Workshop in June 2016. The funds will allow Chaparral Arts to grant scholarships to adults and teens to attend the workshop, which will be held June 3-5 at Yavapai College in Prescott. Open to teens and adults of all ages, Chaparral Chamber Music Workshop is the only inter-generational weekend music workshop in Arizona.
Since 2006, Chaparral Arts has provided high-quality educational workshops conveniently located in Prescott, thus making programs more accessible for Arizona participants because of the low travel costs. Chaparral Chamber Music Workshop provides opportunities for instrumentalists to build leadership skills by playing in small ensembles. Musicians then return to their year-round ensembles, benefitting those groups by sharing their new skills and renewed enthusiasm. Members of Arizona’s Seventh Roadrunner Ensemble with guest artist clarinetist Stefanie Gardner are coaching the workshop.
Since 2006 Chaparral Arts has served 650 workshop participants and awarded $28,000 in scholarships to Arizona adults and youth. In 2015, Chaparral Arts awarded $4560 in scholarships to its workshops. Other organizations providing funding for Chaparral MusicFest 2016 include the J.S. Acker Foundation.
Local residents can see how the ACMP Foundation grant and local funds are benefiting Chaparral Arts by visiting the Chaparral Chamber Music Workshop Celebration Concert at 4:00 pm Sunday June 5 at Yavapai College. Workshop participants and Seventh Roadrunner Ensemble will be performing. The concert is free and open to the public.
About the ACMP Foundation
Founded in 1947 as the Amateur Chamber Music Players, ACMP: The Chamber Music Network is a non-profit organization which facilitates informal music-making by people of all ages and nationalities from beginners to professionals.
Since 1994, the ACMP Foundation has awarded over $3.6 million in grants to programs and projects which encourage participatory chamber music. Grants benefit ACMP members as well as the larger chamber music community. The Foundation, established in 1993, was originally funded through a generous bequest from Clinton B. Ford, an avid amateur violist and long-time member of ACMP.
About Chaparral Arts
Chaparral MusicFest is a production of Chaparral Arts, Inc., an Arizona non-profit founded by Maria Vohmlein Flurry and Henry Flurry of Prescott in 2006. Annually in June, Chaparral MusicFest presents workshops and camps for youth and adults, each culminating with a celebration concert. This year’s offerings are Suzuki Piano and Violin Academy, Chaparral Chamber Music Workshop (for youth and adults) and Community Drum Circle. Chaparral Arts also provides arts outreach to local schools and assists other organizations in grant writing.