About this project
Clarion is reaching out on Kickerstarter in effort to raise to money to expand its invaluable music education program.
Launched in 2008, in partnership with the New York Collegium, Clarion Collegium Week is the nation’s only program assembling music students of all ages as well as young professionals from all over the United States to learn about the art of performing Baroque music and historical performance practice.
In an intensive educational week, students participate in master classes on string, wind, brass, and keyboard instruments, and in voice with some of the world’s foremost Early Music specialists. The Week also includes lectures and symposia with leading scholars on Baroque music. These programs are free and open to the public in order to familiarize and engage new audiences with Baroque music performed at the highest level.
In 2012, we expanded the program with a parallel tier of classes for gifted younger musicians from New York’s high school and middle schools, with priority given to those from public schools. These young students were thrilled to have the opportunity to work one-on-one with our teachers and perform in a public class for Clarion's concert audience and auditors.
Over the last four years, we have had students participating from the following New York City Schools: Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music, Fort Hamilton High School, Frank Sinatra School, Packer Collegiate Institute, and the Special Music School; as well as from the following American colleges and conservatories: Bard College and Conservatory, Boston University, Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, Aaron Copland School of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, Dartmouth College, Eastman School of Music, Harvard University, Ithaca College, The Juilliard School, The Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College at The New School, North Carolina School of the Arts, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Stony Brook University School of Music, and Yale University.
Clarion Music Society consists of the celebrated professional vocal ensemble, the Clarion Choir, and the renowned period-instrument orchestra, The Clarion Orchestra. The Society was founded in 1957 by pioneering musicologist and conductor Newell Jenkins. In 2006, Steven Fox was named artistic director of Clarion. Under his leadership, Clarion has risen to prominence as a fresh and innovative force in the Early Music scene. Over the last several seasons, Clarion has performed at Lincoln Center on the Tully Scope Festivals, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Miller Theatre at Columbia University, the Morgan Library, the Aston Magna Festival, and St. Ignatius Loyola in conjunction with the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space series. In 2010, Clarion formally joined forces with the fine period-instrument ensemble, the New York Collegium. In the same year, Clarion was a recipient of an Access to Artistic Excellence award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Society has just completed its first recording under the direction of Steven Fox, Handel's Judas Maccabeus (1751 complete version), which will be released in 2013.
Clarion has received wide critical acclaim, having been called:
'superb' by The Wall Street Journal,
'on par with the best Baroque groups in the world' by Seen and Heard International,
'terrific' and 'polished' by The New York Times
& 'legendary' and 'distinguished' by The New Yorker.
Risks and challenges
The main challenge with an annual week-long festival is keeping the program innovative and growing, which requires additional space, lecturers and participants. With proper funding from Kickstarter, we will be able to expand our week-long program to offer different classes and longer classes, accommodating additional students. When your support kicks in, the hard work on our side begins of engaging more schools and more students to fill these classes, both as performing participants and as auditors. With your generosity, we will also be able to expand the number of lectures, symposia, and concerts which take place during Clarion Collegium Week. Clarion is determined to promote all of the Week's educational events far and wide and to keep them free and open to the public.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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