November 05, 2022 I Philanthropy

Music & Arts Unveils Phase 1 of ‘Project Imagine’

Music & Arts has announced the kickoff of “Project Imagine,” a commissioned composition project aimed at providing underserved music programs with the opportunity to perform high-quality pieces entirely free of charge. The program will consist of a series of compositions intended for middle-school and high-school ensembles. Each piece is accompanied by optional rehearsal suggestions and tips and social-emotional learning curricula, creating a comprehensive nine-week thematic instructional unit that will create a memorable experience for directors and their students.

“For many young musicians, there is nothing like the excitement of beginning a new piece of repertoire,” said Scott Lang, Music & Arts director of advocacy. “From a sometimes-clumsy first sightread, to careful notes from the director, to fixing mistakes and perfecting the piece for the performance stage, a new piece of music represents potential and accomplishment – and that is what we aim to encourage with Project Imagine.”

The first composition was released in September 2022 with 250 copies given to music educators across the country. Written by Kelijah Dunton, “Color in the Grey” is a grade 2.5-3 band work, 3:20 minutes in duration, and accessible to middle school and high school ensembles.

The second composition is currently under development. Written by Victor C. Johnson, the choral work “Awake, My Soul!” celebrates the joy of creation and the wonders of imagination. Featuring soaring vocal lines, contemporary harmonies and a driving piano accompaniment, the piece features a festive energy. Choral directors can expect to request this piece later in 2022.

“With Project Imagine, our goal is to give a special opportunity to programs that might not have the budget for acquiring new scores,” said Brian Wilson, Music & Arts vice president, school services. “Additionally, Project Imagine aims to provide a platform for composers who write with purpose and an inspirational spirit. We are excited to see and hear the fruits of the hard work of the programs who have been provided these new compositions.”

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