Native American Composers Apprentices Program <br><br>

Davids works individually with selected NACAP students and in group sessions. He will cover comparative discussion of western music theory, composition, oral traditions of indigenous cultures, an overview of western and native instruments, music notation, orchestration and individual artistic expression.

The student’s work is reviewed and then performed by award-winning string quartets (the Miro’ Quartet in 2001; the Corigliano String Quartet in 2002) and is the focus of outreach programs to nine northern Arizona schools, in Tuba City, Kayenta Chilchinbeto, Polacca-Keams Canyon and Second Mesa.

This year’s NACAP’s 2003 quartet in residence is the award winning Avalon String Quartet.

According to several major publications and musical reviews, GC Music Festival’s Native American Composer Apprentice Project has been quoted to “light fires.” This is easy to assess with the obvious continued interest of native students in the five area reservation schools who have actually made requests for a longer time to study and create music with the composer-in-residence and the selected string quartet.

There are currently no Native American composition students enrolled in any music conservatories and only a handful of formally-educated Native American composers working today.

NACAP addresses the root causes of this scarcity of Native American voices on the American music scene, due to several causes—lack of music programs in reservation schools, lack of access to musical institutions and even cultural biases.

The GC Music Festival and the native apprentice program enable five western agency high schools’ students, who are interested in music composition or music in general, to participate with professional musicians and hear their final student works through the concert series that is presented in a formal concert setting at the Shrine of Ages at the Grand Canyon. Appropriately, this shrine is a sacred site for the student tribal members who participate and benefit from this program.

The National Endowment for the Arts, Arizona Commission on the Arts—with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Compton Foundation, WESTAF-Western States Arts Federation, and Arizona ArtShare—the state arts endowment fund, as well as additional public and private contributions provide monetary support for the program.

An added native feature for this year’s concert series will be well-known storyteller Michael LaCapa (Hopi, Tewa and Apache). LaCapa will tell his version of the Russian story, “A Soldier’s Tale,” at the Sept. 19 presentation at the Shrine of the Ages in the Grand Canyon.

Tickets for the concerts are $18/adults and children/$8. For more information on the native apprentice composer program or for concert tickets, call Chris Crossland, administrator for GCMF, at 1-800-997-8285. The fax number for ticket requests is 928-638-3373.


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