CMS Receives Grant from National Endowment for the Arts

| May 18, 2011

The Community Music School of Webster University (CMS) received a grant of $28,000 from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) to support its Preparatory Program for outstanding young music students.

“This is the third NEA grant the Prepatory Program has been awarded, which is a real compliment to Vera Parkin and the Community Music School,” said Carol Commerford, CMS director. “We’ve been able to provide outstanding chamber music instruction and present master classes with incredible artists and teachers like Leila Josefowicz and Emmanuel Ax that directly benefit the Prep students and provide educational opportunities for the larger community as well.

The 2010-11 award will support coaching, master classes and events such as the St. Looey Chamber Blitz, a weekend for young ensembles to be coached and perform for renowned chamber musicians. These events are all open to the public.

The Prep Program is directed by Vera Parkin, recently named St. Louis Symphony’s Music Educator of the Year. One of the Prep ensembles, the Milo Quartet, recently won the silver medal in the Junior Division of Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

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