Friday, September 16, 2011

National Symphony Orchestra in the neighborhood: want them to visit your group, school or venue?

So this is pretty cool: the National Symphony Orchestra is launching their NSO In Your Neighborhood program, starting with Columbia Heights. They'll basically be in residence in the neighborhood from January 3-8, 2012, and they need your help to give them ideas and requests of what they should do. They're taking requests for activities from groups (community organizations, schools, arts groups, etc) and places like venues or businesses, and the deadline is Sept. 23. Here's the press release. Sounds like an awesome opportunity for all kinds of shows, educational activities, and more.

NSO in Your Neighborhood: Columbia Heights
Call for Activity Requests

The National Symphony Orchestra will collaborate with community organizations to present a number of performances and educational activities in Columbia Heights January 3-8, 2012.  The NSO is accepting requests for activities from organizations and venues in and around Columbia Heights.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 23.  

For more information and to submit a request, visit or email Warren Williams at  Please spread the word!

Programs Offered:
  • Chamber Music Performances: Small groups of NSO musicians perform classical music for adults and/or family audiences.
  • Night Clubs: Classical music can be enjoyed everywhere. NSO musicians perform in relaxed night clubs or other small venues for intimate musical experiences.
  • "In-School" Ensembles: A small group of musicians perform and demonstrate their instruments for a school program. Best for grades 1-8.
  • Community Service Performances: NSO musicians perform at various community venues (churches, businesses, etc.).
  • Conducting: NSO conductors or musicians work with and conduct college or high school small ensembles, orchestras, or bands.
  • Sectionals/Coachings: Musicians work with a group of students who play the same instrument on current repertoire (e.g. the NSO clarinetist would work with the clarinet section of your ensemble).
  • Clinics: NSO members coach groups on musical topics (intonations, reed making, etc.).
  • Master Classes: Individual students perform for an NSO musician who then critiques the performance and offers constructive advice for an audience of other students and teachers.
  • Pre-Concert Events: NSO members hold lectures and panel discussions before NSO concerts for audience members.
  • Method Workshops: Popular workshops include Suzuki string classes or Alexander Technique.
  • Artistic Exchanges: Explore the diverse forms of music native to your cultural heritage and how it has influenced classical music (Native American drumming, Mariachi bands, etc.).
  • Music Appreciation Classes: NSO members introduce students to classical music in fun and interactive classes.
  • Instrument "Petting Zoos": Children get a hands-on experience with the various orchestral instruments.
  • Speakers Bureau: NSO members and staff speak at public events, at board meetings, with music teachers and principals, or at other special gatherings.
  • Arts Professionals Round Table: NSO staff members meet with other arts professionals to discuss topics of mutual interests and to share ideas.
  • Create Your Own: Have something else in mind? Come up with an idea or event and let us know! We will work to develop a program that suits your needs

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