OCTOBER 2004, with support from the National Endowment for
the Arts, the NAJP launched its first
two-week Institute for classical music and opera critics and
writers who live outside the nation’s ten largest cities.
Participants from 20 states, attended classroom sessions on the
history and concepts of classical music, met with experts, heard
concerts and took part in workshops led by top music critics.
The Institute faculty included such noted classical music scholars
and critics as Michael Beckerman, Henry Fogel, Walter Frisch, Joseph
Horowitz, and Elaine Sisman. Among the attended performances were
James Levine’s first appearance with the Boston Symphony in
New York at Carnegie Hall, an extraordinary concert by the St. Petersburg
Philharmonic and Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestra, Julie Taymor’s
Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera, a concert featuring the works
of Conlon Nancarrow at Columbia’s Miller Theatre, and Robert
Wilson’s “Temptation of St. Anthony” at the Brooklyn
Academy of Music. Reviews by the Institute participants following
these concerts were discussed in workshops led by such leading critics
as Justin Davidson, Anne Midgette and John Rockwell. The participants
learned about current issues in classical-music management in meetings
with the top leadership of Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera, BAM,
American Symphony Orchestra League and other presenting organizations.
They homed their own music skills during a memorable voice-coaching
session led by MET Opera choir master Raymund Hughes.
What the participants
are saying about the NEA Institute in Classical Music and Opera.
This Institute is part of a national NEA initiative. A program
for journalists who cover theater is being hosted by the Annenberg
School for Communication at the University of Southern California
in Los Angeles. The
American Dance Festival at Duke University is hosting an Institute
for journalists who focus on dance.
The NEA Institute in Classical Music Opera will be offered annually
to eligible journalists. Applications deadline for the fall 2005
Institute will be in mid-summer 2005 – check this space for
: Fellowships : NEA