DSO Recognizes Grant Awards from Local Organizations

(DUBUQUE) – The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce that it has received the following grants from local organizations:

DRA/Mystique Casino ($5,000) – to purchase a new digital full color copier. Since the Dubuque Racing Association community grant program was established more than 20 years ago, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra has received approximately $188,000 in grant funds. Projects have ranged from the purchase and installation of shelving units for the music library system to the acquisition of new timpani drums, and sponsorship of a free community concert to celebrate the orchestra’s 50th anniversary.

Schoen Family Charitable Trust ($3,000) – to expand the 4th grade Adopt a Musician program from thirteen to fourteen elementary schools.  In this program, fourth graders “adopt” a DSO musician who visits their classroom five times throughout the school year. During these visits, the musicians serve as musical ambassadors, demonstrating instruments and leading the students in discussions and music making.

City of Dubuque ($35,000) – Arts & Culture Operating Support Grant Program, which helps offset operating costs for the Dubuque Symphony.

City of Dubuque ($2,500) – Arts & Culture Special Project Grant program for November Classics podium exchange with Italian Conductor Gianna Fratta. Since taking the helm of the DSO in 2000, the orchestra has been conducted solely by Intriligator with the exception of one performance weekend in 2004. The podium exchange gives our musicians the opportunity to challenge themselves by working with a new conductor, whose background, educational training and conducting style differ from Maestro Intriligator; Fratta is a brilliant conductor in a field that has traditionally been dominated by males. The podium exchange also develops a new partnership with Maestra Fratta’s orchestra in Italy. Maestro William will travel to Italy in to conduct the Musica Civica in 2017.

Mediacom ($2,500) – to implement lessons learned from violinist Midori’s Orchestra Residencies Program last May.  DSO musicians will serve as mentors and teaching artists in small group settings for youth ensemble students and present seminars on relevant topics such as how to prepare for an audition and advanced string techniques

Wahlert Foundation ($2,500) – sponsorship for the June, 2017 Summer Melodies concert at the Dubuque Arboretum. Summer Melodies is a concert offered free to the community and sponsorships help make this possible.

“The Dubuque Symphony is incredibly grateful to all of these organizations for their support.” says the DSO’s Executive Director Mark Wahlert. “Because of their generous backing, we will be able to bring great music and music education to even more of our community.”

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