Boston University College of Fine Arts receives NEA Grant to Support Boston University Tanglewood Institute

in CFA, Music
December 14th, 2012

Grant one of 832 Art Works grants totaling $23.3 million in funding nationwide

Boston, MA – National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that Boston University College of Fine Arts (CFA) is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. CFA is recommended for a $60,000 grant to support Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI)’s Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) and Young Artists Wind Ensemble (YAWE) in its 47th season.

A program of CFA’s School of Music, BUTI recruits a select group of gifted high school musicians each summer to the Tanglewood grounds for its training programs for orchestra, voice, wind ensemble, piano, composition, and harp, as well as workshops for individual instruments and chamber ensembles. Led by Phyllis Hoffman, Artistic and Executive Director, BUTI is considered one of the most prestigious summer music programs for high school students in the United States.

The NEA grant will be used to support two aspects of the program. First, to provide support for artists-in-residence at BUTI to work with student musicians in the program’s two large ensembles, the Young Artists Orchestras (YAO) and the Young Artists Wind Ensemble (YAWE.) Second, the grant will support BUTI staff efforts to recruit and enroll a more diverse student population by providing additional scholarship funds for students admitted to the YAO and YAWE who demonstrate need, with priority given to students from underserved populations.

“I’m proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including the Boston University College of Fine Arts and Boston University Tanglewood Institute,” said Chairman Landesman. “These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs.”

“The NEA grant is a gratifying endorsement of BUTI’s priorities in fostering artistc excellence in the preparation of the next generation of classical musicians,” stated Phyllis Hoffman, Artistic and Executive Director of BUTI. “Through this grant, we’re proud to continue increasing annually the enrollment of gifted minority students and students from underserved populations at BUTI.”

An ever-growing roster of distinguished BUTI alumni are prominent in today’s classical music industry, including Harry Connick Jr., jazz vocalist and pianist; Nico Muhly, composer; Kirill Gerstein, pianist and winner of the 2010 Gilmore Artst Award, and James Gaffigan, associate conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, as well as fourteen members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, including Steven Ansell, principal violist, and Timoth Genis, principal timpanist.

In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $23.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of the American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.

The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. In addition to the NEA, other BUTI corporate and foundation funders include the ASCAP Foundation, Avedis Zildjian Company, Bose Corporation, the Clovelly Foundation, the Music Drives Us Foundation, the Surdna Foundtion, and Yamaha Piano/Falcetti Music.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at

The Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) is recognized as the premiere summer training program for aspiring high school-age musicians and is the only program of its kind associated with one of the world’s great symphony orchestras. Under the guidance of distinguished professionals and in the presence of Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), young people devote themselves to an artistic experience without parallel. The high artistic standards, rich culture of learning, and diverse programs make BUTI a unique opportunity for young artists, a starting point on the path to a future in classical music.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission. The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.


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