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EMA Grant

Echoing Air is proud to be the recipient of an Early Music America grant to provide educational projects and youth instruction during its 2012-2013 season. Congratulations to all of our fellow recipients as well!

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Early Music America Announces Winners of Outreach Grants and College-Level Ensemble Grants

May 21, 2012—[SEATTLE, WA]—Early Music America, the national service organization for the field of early music, is pleased to announce the winners of its annual Outreach Grants and its College-Level Ensemble Grants. The Outreach Grants support outreach and education projects that draw new audiences and participants, both children and adults, to early music. The College-Level Ensemble Development grants are offered to college or university Early Music Ensembles to support specific projects that will enrich or broaden the educational experience of the students, and help to elevate the profile of the ensemble on campus, in their community, or nationally.

The Outreach Grant Winners

Ars Lyrica Houston, for educational projects in the Houston area: “Harp History” for K-5, features harps from the Middle Ages through the Baroque, and “Renaissance Rock” for K-12, introduces students to an array of period wind instruments.

The Rose Ensemble, to provide free choral music workshops for school and community choirs during its nine-city concert tour in Minnesota with its “Slavic Wonders” program.

MYSO (Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra) Baroque Players, to hire a professional harpsichordist to work with the youth musicians.

Jessica Powell, Capitol Consort of Viols Outreach Project, for hands-on introduction to early bowed string instruments to students in grades 3-12 in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Echoing Air, an ensemble based in Indianapolis, to provide educational projects and youth instruction during its 2012-2013 concert series.

College-Level Ensemble Grants Winners
Four college-level early music ensembles have been awarded College-Level Ensemble Travel Grants by EMA to help underwrite their travel expenses to the Young Performers Festival at the Berkeley Festival in Berkeley, CA in June 2012. The grant-winning ensembles are:

Case Western Reserve University Baroque Ensemble, directed by Julie Andrijeski and Debra Nagy
Stanford University Baroque Ensemble, directed by Marie-Louise Catsalis
University of North Texas Collegium Singers, directed by Richard Sparks
University of Southern California Thornton Baroque Sinfonia, directed by Adam Knight Gilbert

Two college-level early music ensembles have been awarded College-Level Ensemble Development Grants by EMA, to fund special projects. The grant-winning ensembles are:

Metropolitan State College of Denver Early Music Ensemble, directed by Peter Schimpf, for a special production of Cavalieri’s Rappresentationione di anima, et di corpo, with coaching by members of the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado

St. Olaf Early Music Singers and Collegium Musicum, directed by Gerald Hoekstra, for a collaborative performance of the music of Giovanni Gabrieli, with the Twin Cities early music ensemble Consortium Carissimi.

About Early Music America
Early Music America serves and strengthens the early music community in North America and raises public awareness of early music. EMA was founded in 1985 and provides its 3,000 members with publications, advocacy, and technical support. EMA publishes the quarterly magazine Early Music America. “Early music” includes western music from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods, performed on period instruments in historically-informed styles. For more information, contact Early Music America at 206-720-6270 or 888-SACKBUT, or visit our web site at

Ensemble Update — Nathan Medley

Nathan will be participating in the debut of the staged version of John Adams' oratorio, "The Gospel According to the Other Mary," a spiritual companion piece to the composer's "El Niño" (2000). The libretto incorporates writings by Rosario Castellanos, Dorothy Day, Louise Erdich and June Jordan.

Los Angeles will see its world premiere in concertante version this year, May 31-June 3. The staged version, directed by Peter Sellars, will tour to Lincoln Center, the Barbican in London and other venues after its 2013 L.A. performances.

Ensemble Update — Ruth Marshall

Ruth will be participating in the Aldeburgh Festival in England this summer.

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Ensemble Update — Christine Kyprianides

Our ensemble members are busy people, both as performers and educators. Here’s the latest update from Christine Kyprianides:

I presented a paper on "Music Education, Mr. Hullah and 'Household Words'" at the Midwest Victorian Studies Association, 2012 Conference:
"Hard Times" or "Great Expectations"? How the Victorians Saw Themselves at Indiana University, Bloomington, April 20-22.

I performed with Huelgas Ensemble at the Dias da Música em Belém, Lisbon, Portugal, April 27-29. (See photo below)


Looking at the Summer Ahead


As the university semesters come to a close (juries and finals!), Echoing Air will be spending a lot of time this summer working on grants, an upcoming October tour in Virginia and the Carolinas, a reprise of Echoing Scare on Halloween night, our 2013-14 concert season, corporate sponsorships, and a hundred other things that a thriving non-profit needs to stay on top of.

Countertenors Steven Rickards and Nathan Medley will be kicking off their annual Indianapolis Vocal Arts Institute for young singers in mid-July, and Steven will again travel across the pond to England in August to teach at the AIMS International Music School.

It’s a good thing we enjoy what we do! Otherwise this might seem like work ...