Community School of the Arts Receives NEA Grant

The NIU 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 throughout spring 2012 to work with the CSA Children’s Choir, the CSA Sinfonia, Clarinet Cornucopia, string programs in area public schools and in the community school, and the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

· World-renowned musician Burt Hara, principal clarinetist with the Minnesota Orchestra, brings his skills as a clinician and performer to Clarinet Cornucopia on February 4.

· Leading children’s choir conductor Emily Ellsworth will work with the CSA Children’s Choir and will conduct a workshop for area teachers in April.

· Composer Tim Blickhan, professor emeritus of the NIU School of Music, composes a piece for the CSA Children’s Chorus that will be premiered on May 9.

· Cellist Amy Sue Barston and violinist Elisa Barston join forces for a three-day residency in DeKalb April 26 – 28 for a series of recitals, master classes, and presentations. These include presentations at area public schools, workshops for the NIU Community School of the Arts’ string students, and a performance of Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello with the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra. The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is a co-sponsor of the Barston sisters’ residency.

· Members of the Avalon String Quartet, resident quartet at NIU, will work with CSA Sinfonia during rehearsals throughout the spring semester.

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 is to extend and expand arts education throughout the United States.

The NIU Community School of the Arts offers lessons, classes, and ensembles to people of all ages in the northern Illinois area. Teachers are area artists and NIU students and faculty. More information about the community school can be found at or call (815) 753-1450.

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