Music in the Mountains is one of just 23 American orchestras selected by the League of American Orchestras to receive a 2013-14 Getty Education and Community Investment Grant.
The $15,000 grant was awarded to Music in the Mountains for its new project, “Prelude to Yuba Salmon,” and is recognition of MiM’s innovation and dedication to increasing its relevance to the community.
“Prelude for Yuba Salmon” is a collaborative adventure in musicianship, composing and environmental stewardship. MiM’s Young Composers Project will team with educators at Sierra Streams Institute (SSI) and be taken through a curriculum focused on the plight of the salmon and their importance to the health of the region’s watersheds. The curriculum will include lab and field work. Students will then create a piece of music about their experience.
The project will culminate in a composition to be premiered by the MiM Festival Orchestra during the 2014 SummerFest. The experience will be captured in a 20-minute documentary film, where the music created will also serve as the score for the film, and will be submitted to the 2015 SYRCL Wild & Scenic Film Festival.
“The Prelude project underscores the capacity for classical music to be directly responsive to contemporary social issues by creating a nexus of music, environment and learning,” stated Cristine Kelly, MiM’s executive director “The goal is to educate both participants and audiences about the importance of community and environment, using music and film to tell the story.”
“We are delighted to be able to offer our salmon education program to the students in the Young Composers Project,” said Joanne Hild, Sierra Streams executive director. “This project is a perfect example of ... partnership that allows us to take more young people out into the creek to learn about our natural wonders.”