Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Friendly Reminder: Invitation to Apply to Gateways Music Festival 2019

FRIENDLY REMINDER: If you have yet to do so, this is a friendly reminder to respond to the 2019 Gateways Music Festival invitation to apply sent to you a few weeks ago. The deadline is Friday, February 15, 2019. More information, along with the application link, appears below. We look forward to hearing from you!

January 13, 2019
The mission of Gateways Music Festival is to connect and support professional classical musicians of African descent and enlighten and inspire communities through the power of performance.
Greetings and happy New Year! We are writing to invite you to submit an application to participate in the 2019 Gateways Music Festival - August 6th through 11th - in Rochester, NY. To submit your application, we ask that you go to this *LINK* and fill out and submit the brief form located there.
Participation in Gateways is currently limited to orchestral instruments, including piano. If you sing or play a non-orchestral instrument, we ask that you please share this invitation to apply with other musicians in your network. Thank you!
Below, please find some general information about Gateways Music Festival and, below that, more specific information about the 2019 Festival.
Please let us know if you have questions or need any additional information. We look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience, but no later than February 15, 2019. Notifications will be sent shortly after the deadline.
Best wishes,
Alexander Laing
Principal Clarinet, The Phoenix Symphony
Principal Clarinet, Gateways Music Festival Orchestra
Chair, Gateways Music Festival Artistic Programs Committee

Lee Koonce
President & Artistic Director
Gateways Music Festival

The mission of Gateways is to connect and support professional classical musicians of African descent and enlighten and inspire communities through the power of performance. Each Festival gathers upwards of 125 black musicians ‒ from North America, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America ‒ to Rochester, NY for six days of orchestra and chamber music performances in more than 50 concert halls and community venues. Participants have included members of orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony (among many others) and faculty from leading conservatories and schools of music.
Here is a short, 4.5 minute video overview of the Festival. Click Here to View Video
Repertoire: Music Director Michael Morgan and the musicians of the Artistic Programs Committee are finalizing the orchestra repertoire choices, but in keeping with our tradition and mission, programming will feature and highlight works by composers of African descent along with works by other great composers. Our 2019 featured composer is Florence B. Price and we’ll perform her 3rd Symphony and many of her chamber works throughout the festival.
Travel, Lodging and Meals: Gateways will cover the cost of your travel to and from Rochester and provide lodging (double room, but singles are available for a small additional fee) at Rochester’s Holiday Inn Downtown. Two meals per day are provided with lunch usually on your own.
Honorarium: Gateways provides a modest honorarium, which we recognize is small compared to your usual fee. We are working hard to grow the organization so that we can offer more in the future. While the monetary compensation is yet to reach the level we would like, we are proud of the non-monetary compensation the Festival offers to its participants - a unique opportunity to connect with the field of classical musicians of African descent for renewal, inspiration and joyful music making.
Orchestra: $350
Chamber Music*: $300
*For all chamber music performances.
Gateways Music Festival, Inc.
26 Gibbs Street, Box 58
Rochester, NY 14604

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