Friday, February 1, 2013

Cooper Jung Fortune, 8, Receives Tri-State Certificate of Excellence, Will Give Violin Recital of Memorized Work at Carnegie Hall Feb. 9

Cooper Jung Fortune, 8

The New York Times published an article by James R. Oestreich, Carnegie Unveils Music Education Program, on March 25, 2011:

Clive Gillinson, in his six years as executive and artistic director of Carnegie Hall, has developed an ever more expansive view of its mission and constituency. Carnegie has increasingly ventured beyond its walls with activities including neighborhood concerts in New York, partnerships with the Juilliard School and others, and festivals with citywide and cross-country collaborations.

Now, together with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, it undertakes one of its most ambitious projects to date, the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program, an attempt to set standards in music education and performance throughout the United States. It is based on the conservatory’s own program, already in use throughout Canada and, spottily, in the United States.
Graded national standards are widespread in Europe and elsewhere. “The two world leaders are the Royal Conservatory and the United Kingdom,” Mr. Gillinson said on Wednesday in a joint interview with Peter C. Simon, the president of the conservatory.

“The Royal Conservatory was a clear and obvious choice,” Mr. Gillinson added. “It’s great for us to partner with an organization where all the skills and knowledge are already there.”

AfriClassical learned of Cooper Jung Fortune's Carnegie Hall recital from her grandmother, Gwendoline Y. Fortune, Ed.D., an historical novelist and retired college instructor.  Gwen has long cooperated with AfriClassical, and informs us Cooper practices the violin regularly without needing to be told. Gwen Fortune recently completed a 13-part series of half-hour radio programs, We Do It All. Her website is:  Gwen writes:

"Cooper's (violin) recital will be on Saturday, February 9th at 2 pm at Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall.) She and other recipients of the Tri-State (NY, NJ, CT) Certificate of Excellence will be giving individual recitals. Only two other students at her music school qualified for the concert."

Last Fall, Cooper Jung Fortune received an email message explaining she had qualified for the State Certificate of Excellence Award: 

"Dear Cooper Fortune:
"Congratulations, you are the recipient of the 2012 Tri-State Certificate of Excellence for Level 1 Violin in NY for the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program!

"The State Certificate of Excellence Award recognizes students each academic year, September 1 to August 31, by state, who have obtained the highest marks for performance assessments in each instrument, Preparatory Level through the Associate Diploma. In order to be eligible for these awards, recipients must have obtained a minimum mark of 80% on their performance assessments and have completed the theory requirements for their level (when applicable).

"We cordially invite you to participate in the Tri-State Certificate of Excellence Recital and Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Saturday, February 9, 2013 to receive your certificate in recognition of this outstanding achievement. If you are unable to attend the ceremony in person, your certificate and a souvenir copy of the program will be forwarded to you. An RSVP response is required from all recipients and teachers.

"Recipients are invited to perform in the recital, although it is not required.

"Please note the following information:
Location: Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
Address: 154 W. 57th Street, New York, NY
Date: Saturday, February 9, 2013
Ceremony Time: 2:00 p.m., doors will open to the public at 1:30 p.m.
Duration: 2.5 hours; includes reception in the Zankel Hall lobby immediately following the performance"

Becky Hinkle

Rebecca Hinkle
Manager, The Achievement Program
The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall
881 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019

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