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Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra One of Five Orchestras to Receive League of American Orchestras Grant

Posted July 01, 2018 in Press Releases

$6,000 Grants, Made Possible by the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation, Highlight Array of Inventive Programs Taking Place at Smaller-Budget Orchestras and Youth Orchestras

New York, NY – Highlighting the groundswell of innovation occurring at smaller-budget orchestras and youth orchestras across the country, NOYO is just one of five orchestras that have received $6,000 American Orchestras’ Futures Fund seed grants from the League of American Orchestras, made possible with the generous support of the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation.

“These orchestras are in the forefront of experimentation and visionary problem-solving, and the League is proud to support this work for the benefit of the orchestra field,” commented League President and CEO Jesse Rosen. “I’m grateful to the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation for enabling orchestras to incubate innovative practice, and look forward to the knowledge and research developed around these exciting initiatives.”

“We’re energized and encouraged by the momentum of our continued partnership with the League through the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund,” added Lisa Delan, Director of the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation. "The initiatives by smaller-budget and youth orchestras in this round of grants represent the range of innovation, impact, and collaboration we envisioned when we approached the League. And I am personally gratified to witness the commitment by these grantees to reach diverse populations within their communities."

“Lab Group gives the students of Lorain county and northeast Ohio access to an exciting new way of making and creating music,” explains NOYO’s Executive and Artistic Director Andrew Machamer. “We are humbled to receive support from the League of American Orchestras and look forward to the continuation of this innovative and progressive programming.”

The Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra's Lab Group is a collaborative composing ensemble that operates in parallel with NOYO’s traditional orchestral ensembles. In this environment, student musicians work together with staff facilitators to create new work through a devising process that draws as deeply from the field of improvisation as from the practices of traditional and experimental composition. Open to all high school-age musicians in northern Ohio, the Lab Group represents not only a crucible for new and engaging musical experiences but also an entry point into group music-making that does not exclude participants on the basis of technical capability. In keeping with NOYO’s mission of access for all, we favor openness, collaboration, and creativity over conventional musical preparation.

About the League’s American Orchestras’ Future Fund Program:

The Futures Fund grantees from across the country are seizing opportunities in the current environment. These include giving life to contemporary repertoire by American composers; developing imaginative concert experiences and cross-cultural artistic programming; increasing diversity and access to music education; connecting with new immigrants and underserved populations; extending reach via digital streaming initiatives; investing in valuable audience development research; and working with multiple populations in rural and urban regions. Descriptions of the initiatives supported through the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund can be found here.

The $4.5 million American Orchestras’ Future Fund program included a first round of grants for larger-budget orchestras, announced in 2017.

For this second round, smaller-budget and youth orchestras that are based in the U.S. and that are members of the League of American Orchestras were eligible to apply. An independent review panel selected the orchestras based on criteria including significant investments in organizational learning, meaningful partnerships with community organizations, and an ability to assess and adapt practices for continuous innovation.

Seed Grant Recipients ($6,000):

Akron Symphony (OH) – support for work with the city’s immigrant population—refugees from Nepal, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, both adult musicians and high school students in the North High School immigrant orchestra.

InterSchool Orchestras of New York – support for a collaboration with the youth division of Ballet Hispanico to create a diverse, cross-cultural, orchestral and dance work for presentation at a major venue in New York City in spring 2019.

Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra – support for Lab Group, a collaborative composing ensemble; high-school student musicians work with staff facilitators to create new work, an entry point into group music-making.

The Lexington Philharmonic (KY) – support for creating a series of collaborative music programs in non-traditional venues, increasing participation and engagement in music by more diverse communities.

Tulsa Symphony Orchestra (OK) – support for an organization-wide review and analysis of the orchestra’s strategic plan; TSO is reviewing and analyzing their innovative model of orchestral governance.

Find more detailed program descriptions here.

About the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra:

The Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra provides exceptional musical education through a variety of performance opportunities for young musicians of all backgrounds in an inclusive community of learning and growth. Now in its 49th season, NOYO has been providing the finest orchestral training to the youth of Northern Ohio since 1969. Its ensembles perform three concerts each season at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Please visit for more information.

About the League of American Orchestras:

The League of American Orchestras leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Its diverse membership of more than 2,000 organizations and individuals across North America runs the gamut from world-renowned symphonies to community groups, from summer festivals to student and youth ensembles, from conservatories to libraries, from businesses serving orchestras to individuals who love symphonic music. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement. Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform people around the world about orchestral activity and developments. Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners. Visit

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