Northwest Residency Program
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC INITIATIVE AT NORTHWEST
The Instrumental Music Initiative is an immersive music education program in which students at Northwest School of the Arts work intensively with professional Charlotte Symphony musicians through individual, sectional and ensemble settings.
The program has 2 core components:
Over the course of the school year, professional CSO musicians make regular visits to middle and high school band, orchestra, and piano classes working directly with students to help them increase their playing abilities and overall musicianship.
Created exclusively for the partnership; Recital Seminar is a unique chamber music open to advanced high school band, orchestra, and piano players at Northwest. Students are coached intensively by CSO musicians on the skills and techniques needed to perform chamber music. The students are broken into various ensembles; each coached by a different CSO player, and prepare professional grade music for several performances throughout the year. Students also work on solo pieces that can be used for college auditions.
The 2013-2014 season Recital Seminar students had the exciting opportunity to premiere a new work by renowned North Carolina composer Dan Locklair. Through the gracious funding of the North Carolina Arts Council, the CSO commissioned Locklair to craft a chamber piece that fit the non-traditional instrumentation of the class. The finished piece entitled Canzona for the Music Makers premiered on Sunday, May 4, 2014 in the Charles LaBorde Theatre on the Northwest campus.