Iowa Arts Council Funds Free ChamberFest Workshop


NISOM is pleased to announce that it has received an Art Project grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Grant funds will support the ChamberFest Dubuque 2017 Student Workshop.

The free workshop is part of NISOM’s ChamberFest Dubuque that features Dubuque native Michael Gilbertson and a small ensemble of fellow rising stars of the international music scene. Gilbertson is a NISOM alumnus who studied at the prestigious Juilliard and Yale Schools of Music and is now successful composer. He also serves as the Artistic Director of ChamberFest Dubuque, and hand-picks the guest artists each year. Gilbertson and friends will perform a benefit concert for NISOM on June 15, 2017 and lead the free student workshop on June 14.

The goal of the workshop is to utilize the expertise of the ChamberFest guest artists to provide an educational component to the festival and give local musicians the rare opportunity to learn from these exceptional guests. ChamberFest musicians are performing professionals who can be seen soloing and playing in orchestras across the country and around the world. Each year brings an exclusive combination of talent that only comes together during NISOM’s ChamberFest Dubuque. The benefit concert serves as a fundraiser that supports the rest of the school’s activities, but NISOM provides the workshop free-of-charge as a service to the community and makes no profit from it. The quality of the artists and NISOM’s dedication to making the workshop accessible enhance the vitality of the arts in Iowa and fit naturally with NISOM’s mission to provide music education and enrichment for all.

Art Project grants supports vitality in the arts and support job creation, arts learning and rural arts access. Thanks to grant support, the workshop is free and open to all. Children through adults are encouraged to participate. The program is co-sponsored by a grant from the James B. and Melita A. McDonough Foundation and held in partnership with Loras College.

NISOM Executive Director Tracey Rush says, “NISOM is grateful to have this financial support so that we can provide this outstanding opportunity to the Dubuque community. Musicians of all ages will benefit from working with these artists, and the public is encouraged to come watch them at work. This up-close-and-personal event is extremely educational, entertaining, and inspirational for all who attend.”

Funding for the Arts Projects grants is made possible by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and its three divisions – the Iowa Arts Council, Produce Iowa-State Office of Media Production and the State Historical Society of Iowa – empower Iowa to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by connecting Iowans to the people, places and points of pride that define our state. The department’s work enables Iowa to be recognized as a state that fosters creativity and serves as a catalyst for innovation where the stories of Iowa are preserved and communicated to connect past, present and future generations.



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