BCO in the News


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2011 Young Artist Solo Competition winner Mitchell Goff, piano and his brother Matthew Goff, cello - our 2012 winner - demonstrate their music in a presentation for students and Hunt Middle School.
DEC. 2, 2014: National Endowment for the Arts NEA Chairman Jane Chu announced today that the Burlington Chamber Orchestra is one of only 163 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive a NEA Challenge America grant.

The Burlington Chamber Orchestra is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support the Music for Minors Grant. The Music for Minors Program will:
  • welcome a guest conductor to lead the orchestra in its spring concert
  • commission a new musical work from a student composer for the spring concert
  • sponsor a Young Artist Solo Competition, which leads to a solo performing opportunity at the spring concert
  • bring the young composer and performer into public schools in Burlington, Vermont and surrounding communities, in advance of the spring concert, to acquaint them with the basics of orchestral instrumentation and performance
  • broaden the audience for high-quality, professional classical music by offering free tickets for students in these schools, and their parents, to attend the Spring Celebration of Youth concert where the student commission will be played professionally and the competition winner will perform with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra. 

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “I am pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Challenge America including the award to the Burlington Chamber Orchestra. The arts fosters value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives.”

Burlington Chamber Orchestra Board of Director President Christina Brooker said, "The Burlington Chamber Orchestra is thrilled and grateful to be a recipient of this NEA Challenge America Grant in support of our Music for Minors program. Music for Minors has been one way in which we aim to offer the youngest members of our community the opportunity to experience classical music - possibly for the first time. We hope to be able to strengthen not only an individual's relationship to the arts, but also to foster strong personal relationships within our community. This grant will allow orchestra members the chance spend additional time with young folks while sharing their love of music."

The Challenge America category supports projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity economics or disability. The NEA received 347 eligible Challenge America applications and will award 163 for a total of $1.63 million. The Burlington Chamber Orchestra was the only organization in Vermont to receive the Challenge America grant this year.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Challenge America support, please visit the NEA funded projects on Twitter at #NEAFall2014.

The Burlington Chamber Orchestra was founded in the summer of 2007. It is Vermont’s own professional chamber orchestra offering the community an opportunity to savor the gift of music and local artistry, cultivate life-long musical relationships through performance and education. For more information contact Sharon Radtke, Operations Manager at bco@bcovt.org or call 802-893-4082.