25 Classical Music and Opera Critics Chosen for NEA Arts Journalism Institute at Columbia University
September 29, 2005
Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism has announced that 25 critics, editors and reporters have been chosen to participate as fellows in the second annual National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera. Through the generous support of the NEA, the Institute will take place at Columbia University in New York City from October 16-27, 2005. This year, journalists from Hawaii and Alaska will participate in the Classical Music and Opera Institute for the first time.
The groundbreaking program is part of a $1 million NEA initiative to offer intensive training for arts journalists and editors who work outside the country's major media markets.
"The vitality of the arts depends more than most people think on lively and informed criticism, especially local reviews and coverage from their own communities. Outside our major cities, journalists who cover the arts often are overextended with multiple beats and assignments that allow few opportunities to concentrate on various artistic disciplines," said NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. "Columbia has created an exemplary program of professional development for arts journalists."
"Last year's participants described the Institute as the most important, and certainly the most intense, professional development experience of their careers. This year's program is even richer, with more classes, smaller writing seminars, and an extraordinary series of concerts and meetings with experts. Its effect will be immediately felt by readers back home when the participants resume their work," said Andras Szanto, who will direct the institute at Columbia, in collaboration with Artistic Advisor Joseph Horowitz and Institute Producer Anya Grundmann.
Participants in the 2005 NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera are:
Angela Allen, The Columbian, Vancouver, WA
The NEA Arts Journalism Institutes establish the importance of arts journalism through lectures and seminars with leaders in higher education, the arts, and journalism. Participants acquire basic working knowledge of the relevant art form through pre-institute reading lists; introductory lectures covering basic vocabulary, historical roots, and contemporary trends; and by attending performances. Attendees work with senior journalists and faculty members to improve their viewing, analytical, and writing skills. In addition, participants attend performances that cover a wide variety of genres and styles, as well as rehearsals and behind-the-scenes meetings with artists and administrators. Finally, journalists develop a firsthand understanding of artistic creation through a physical learning component, such as a basic lesson on a musical instrument, memorization of a monologue, or a lesson in physical movement.
The NEA Arts Journalism Institute for Classical Music and Opera at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism is part of the NEA's Journalism Institute triumvirate, along with the Institute for Dance at the American Dance Festival at Duke University and the Institute for Theater and Musical Theater at the USC Annenberg School for Communication. Additional information is available at http://www.arts.gov/national/aji/
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