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DePauw School of Music and Two Other Entities Form New Partnership to Benefit Indianapolis Region

DePauw School of Music and Two Other Entities Form New Partnership to Benefit Indianapolis Region

September 5, 2014

The DePauw University School of Music is teaming with New Amsterdam Presents (the parent company of the record label of tomorrow night's visiting performers, Roomful of Teeth; pictured at right) and the Marianne Tobias Music Program at Eskenazi Health (a leading health care provider in central Indiana) to form a new and unique partnership that will bring contemporary music in the Indianapolis region to the widest possible audience.

The three organizations -- an institution of higher education, a music series in a public health care system, and a new music artists' service organization -- will coordinate their resources to increase the impact of visiting musicians, create new opportunities for local artists, and provide numerous points of access for audiences in a variety of locations.

"Increased coordination between institutions will provide greater opportunities for both artists and presenters," said Judd Greenstein, composer and co-director of New Amsterdam Presents. "By sharing ideas and resources among different organizations early in the planning stages, we will offer a greater capacity for artists to reach multiple audiences and have a substantially greater community impact, with greater efficiency for the organizations themselves."

This new partnership intersects with new programs in each of the three institutions. DePauw recently launched the "21st Century Musician Initiative," a campus-wide effort to help prepare musicians for the realities of today's musical world. Mark McCoy, dean of the DePauw School of Music, describes the program as "a complete re-imagining of the skills, tools and experiences necessary to create musicians of the future instead of the past-flexible, entrepreneurial musicians that find diverse musical venues and outlets in addition to traditional performance spaces, develop new audiences and utilize their music innovatively to impact and strengthen communities."

As part of this initiative, DePauw plays host to contemporary music ensembles that reflect, in their own practice, the values and skills that are being learned by the student body. Tomorrow night's visit by the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth has experienced a recent rise to global acclaim, which included a performance at the Grammy ceremony and a Pulitzer Prize for composer-member Caroline Shaw (for her Partita, written for and performed by the ensemble), making them an ideal example of how a self-developed new music project can have an enormous impact.

Roomful of Teeth is on the roster of New Amsterdam Presents, whose subsidiary label, New Amsterdam Records, also released Roomful of Teeth's debut recording. In the coming season, New Amsterdam is embarking on an ambitious new programming model, of which Indianapolis is the first example, emphasizing "regional hubs" that can share resources to create new opportunities for visiting ensembles and a greater sense of partnership among neighboring institutions.violin bow

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The American Conservative cites DePauw's 21st Century Musician Initiative in an article in its latest issue, "Making Classical New: Young musicians take an entrepreneurial approach to the canon."  You'll find details in this story.