CMW receives stimulus funding

We are very grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts for recently approving a grant of $50,000 to help CMW, in the words of NEA spokesperson Victoria Hutter, "weather the storm."


CMW is one of 22 arts organizations in Rhode Island to receive stimulus funding, either directly from the NEA or routed through the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, as was announced in today's press conference at the RI Philharmonic & Music School's Carter Center.

Year-end fundraising report

In response to our June appeal letter, CMW raised $24,366 from 131 donors. This helped us to
successfully balance our operating budget by June 30th (the end of our fiscal year), an important
achievement in a challenging economic year.

Photo of Phase II and CMW staff by Don Tarallo

A heartfelt "thank you!" to all of our wonderful friends. We truly appreciate your trust and financial investment in Community MusicWorks.

I'd like to also acknowledge our institutional supporters, who provided grants, sponsorships, and in-kind donations to make our 12th season so successful:

Aaron Copland Fund for Music
Amateur Chamber Music Foundation
Amica Insurance
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund
Arts and Letters Foundation
Bank Rhode Island
Billy Andrade-Brad Faxon Charities for Children
The Carter Family Charitable Trust
Chamber Music America Residency Endowment Fund
Citizens Bank Foundation
Edgewood Manor
Jephry Floral Studio            

June Rockwell Levy Foundation
Maren Foundation
Mary Beth Meehan Photography
The Met School
National Endowment for the Arts
The Partnership Foundation
The City of Providence's Community Development Block Grant Program
Providence Shelter for Colored Children
The Rhode Island Foundation
Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
The Robert F. Stoico/FIRSTFED Charitable Foundation
Sovereign Bank Foundation
Surdna Foundation
West End Community Center
Your Heaven®

-Heath Marlow, CMW staff

CMW summmer * camp underway!


What an incredible moment it was, after months of planning for this
pilot summer program, to be There: standing in a circle in the CityArts
Gallery on Broad Street. There were more than twenty-five of us
(students, volunteers, teen mentors, staff) in our CMW summer t-shirts
ready to go!

We played in orchestra, learned a fiddle tune, spent some
quality time with the D Major scale and arpeggio, and got together to
dance and improvise with CityArts/Highlander students. Of course, we
took breaks for lunch, the playground, and made time for "Show 'n Play,"
where each student has a chance to perform for the group and earn
colorful beads for his/her name-tag. 


I can't wait to travel with this
group on our final day, July 31st, to share our work from the
summer. We're now confirmed to perform at the Steelyard, Park View
Nursing Home, and a Community Meal at the Matthewson Street Church

Stay tuned for more news after we meet again next Friday!

* If you are wondering about the unusual spelling, the answer is either a) we wanted to savor all that is delicious and beautiful about summer, so we add some extra "mmm" or
b) we have a policy at CMW that each "pilot" project (of which the
summer program is one) must have at least one mistake. We wanted
everything else to go right, so we chose the t-shirts.

-Rachel Panitch, CMW staff

Name me, please

Chamber music. Is this an outdated term that turns people off from engaging with the art form?


From a 2007 article in The New York Times by Anne Midgette:

Margaret M. Lioi, the chief executive officer of the service
organization Chamber Music America, says that its definition of chamber
music is “music for small ensembles in which each player has a part,
generally without a conductor.”

“I think that Small Ensemble
America is a really bad name,” Ms. Lioi said. “We have to remain
Chamber Music America because we can’t find a better name. It’s what
we’ve got.”

Anyone want to help out by providing some suggestions for Margaret? Send me an email via the CMW website's Contact Us page.

-Heath Marlow, CMW staff

Summer adventures

Most CMW staff are out of the office this summer. Here are a few updates on what people are doing:

Sebastian and Minna will attend Eric Rosenblith's International Musical Arts Institute in Maine, and Jessie will join them for one week.

With the help of a professional development grant from the Rhode Island Foundation, Jesse attended the Violin Craftsmanship Institute in Durham, NH and will spend several weeks at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music.

Adrienne is spending the summer at Indiana University where she is studying with
the great cellist Janos Starker. "I've had my first lesson already
and it's thrilling and inspiring to be studying with such an
amazing artist. There is so much I can learn from him; I can't wait
for my next lesson."

Jori is spending a week in Baltimore with five amazing CMW students
(Ian, Alexis, Natasha, Luis, and Kirby) at the Liz Lerman Dance
International Teen Institute. Conceived of by the youth
artists in the Dance Exchange's Teen Exchange, the Institute will give
CMW students the opportunity to collaborate with the other teens to
develop a performance around the theme of "(be)longing(s)." The CMW
crew will join students from Jordan, South Africa, Canada, and other
parts of the US, and will return to Providence with new skills,
experiences, project ideas, and commissions to launch at home as
ambassadors of this experience.

Sara is spending time out West, "looking forward to lots of fresh air, free babysitting (thank you Grandma!) and consequently, more practice time."

From Rachel: "I'm helping with the Barton Street Neighborhood Association summer
program in Pawtucket, of course the CMW program, plus I'm planning for
the launching of my Fiddle & Dance Project. I've also been
playing a lot with the Bourbon Boys (August 9th on Block Island at the
Albion!), and am playing with Arlyn on July 14 in Burnside Park
from 12-1pm. And, I got to see Paris!" 

With Rachel, Arlyn is piloting CMW's first Summer Program on four Fridays in July. Read about it in the May 2009 edition of The Works, CMW's newsletter. Stay tuned to the blog for updates…

Heath is scheduling 09-10 season concerts for the PSQ and CMW Players and enjoying Cow Trax when possible.

From Jason: "I can't wait to teach this summer at Four Strings Academy. It's so remarkable to witness my students' progress during the school year. I am also looking forward to seeing my friends and having sight reading parties!"

Musical Minds


Musical Minds is a NOVA documentary featuring Dr. Oliver Sacks and the research that he has done on why music affects the brain, and how music can treat some neurological disorders. It is freely available to stream from the PBS website–only between July 1 and 7.  Enjoy!