Midori’s Orchestra Residencies Program has announced that youth orchestras chosen for residencies in the 2011-12 season are Virginia’s Alexandria Symphony and Arlington County/T.C. Williams High School Orchestras and Oregon’s Eugene Symphony and Arts Umbrella youth orchestras. Violinist Midori will spend five to seven days in each city working with the youth orchestras, performing with the adult orchestras, and participating in education and community-engagement projects. Since the annual Orchestra Residencies Program was established in 2004, residencies have taken place in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska, as well as in Alabama, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, North and South Dakota, and Vermont. The 2010-11 ORP cities, previously announced, are Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Davenport, Iowa. Any U.S. youth orchestra and its affiliated adult orchestra, with combined budgets not exceeding $4.5 million, may submit an application to the program; orchestras must apply together. The program is designed to support American youth orchestras by establishing those orchestras as a presence in the community and building upon relationships with the local professional orchestra, visiting artists, and administrative staff.
Posted April 23, 2010