The purpose of the Piano Ambassador program is to introduce audiences to classical piano literature through multi-media and multi-disciplinary formats. It offers two types of performance opportunities: Community/Educational outreach and Multi-disciplinary concerts. The main difference is the type of audience.
Community outreach offers programs not only to Title-1 schools and community after school programs, but also to informal and formal performances for community and civic organization events. Educational outreach concerts are held in locations that manage piano programs; creating opportunity for students to perform on Class-I pianos. Interested applicants will be notified as events arise throughout the year.
MORE than just music, the concerts feature piano as the cornerstone instrument for performances. Other fine art disciplines are incorporated along with innovative multimedia and unique stage designs at the culmination of each project. Two Multi-disciplinary concerts are held annually. In preparation for these concerts, the Mundi Project holds workshops to promote excellence in arts education across the disciplines.
In terms of what you can play in a performance, with the variety of performance opportunities we offer, it is important to have some variety in your repertoire. We encourage you to be able to play short and long pieces, with variation in the styles. Some pieces may be serious, and some can be lively and fun! As performance dates get closer we will remind you of what the dress code is as well as provide you with some concert etiquette tips.
CityScapes - October – November 2013
Project Description: CityScapes explores our neighborhoods through the mediums of visual art, poetry, and music. Workshops will be held at the Neighborhood House and Sorenson Unity Center. We are collaborating with Visual Art Institute for the art components and with Sandy Anderson (poet/City Arts) for the spoken word and poetry component. The culminating concert will be presented on Friday, November 8, 7:00 PM at the Sorenson Unity Center Black Box Theatre.
Sandy Anderson (Poetry) was published in Weber Studies, Eclectica, Stickman Review, Sugarhouse Review, Harpur Palate, Forge, and Ellipsis. Ghost Planet Press published her book At the Edge in White Robes in 1978, and her chapbook Jeanne Was Once a Player of Pianos, is available through Limberlost Press. Her poetry is included in the anthologies: New Poets of the American West, edited by Lowell Jaeger and Great and Peculiar Beauty edited by Terry Tempest Williams and Thomas Lyon. Her awards include the Salt Lake City Mayor's Award in Literature in 1997, the Writers at Work Writing Advocate Award in 1995, and a listing as one of the “Catalyst Magazine 100” in 2013. She is active in the literary community since the 1960's, and founded City Art: the longest-running reading series in Utah. She recently edited and published her fourth anthology of work by those with disabilities.
Rhythmos - February – April 2014
Project Description: Rhythmos is the search for a common language of creative process between all art disciplines and human relationships. In this context, the word language includes non-verbal patterns and images that communicate meaning as well as spoken word. To be involved with "Rhythmos" as a form of brain development in youth, and communication theory as an amateur artist, and awakens our senses and nervous system to this form of communication in essential human relationships. The purpose of this project is the search for unity between different cultures and aspects of life through all art mediums incorporating verbal and non-verbal communication. This project provides multi-disciplinary workshops in music, visual art, storytelling, and dance to the community February through April 2014.
Guest Artist: George Grant, - Percussionist/Vocalist, has earned a reputation as "an adventurous musician and intrepid teacher." With emphasis on devotional music of ancient cultures – and creative fusion of these influences into creative jazz, avant garde, and world music -- Mr. Grant has performed vocalise-chant and hand drums such as tabla, zarb, kanjira, mridangam, gatham, and frame drums with virtuoso musicians from America, Asia, and the Middle East. Grant has taught group improvisation to a wide variety of populations – all ages of public school children (including pre-school), university students (music and non-music majors), children and adults with disabilities, at-risk teens, adult corrections, elementary and music teachers.
The Piano Ambassador program also offers High school and college students opportunities in developing post-production (music and film editing), stage-set, and theater management skills. We offer Community Service Credit, and Internships. Duration of internships vary from two to five months.
Non-performance volunteer opportunities are available. There are many hats needed in order to successfully run a show. This is something anyone can do, even if you aren’t a musician! This is a great resume builder, and you can receive high school and higher education Community Service Credit.