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Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Widens Stage for Musically Talented Youth

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Jan 24, 2013

Last week, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced that two Guild members, The Colburn School (Los Angeles, CA) and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) are the 2013 recipients of the Foundation's "Widening the Stage for Musically Talented Youth" grant program. Each organization will be awarded $250,000 in 2013, and the grants will be renewable for the following two years.
"These extraordinary programs will give students who have the aptitude and enthusiasm to pursue rigorous music education the pathways to pursue their dreams," said Dr. Lawrence Kutner, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

"These talented students will have access to instruments that match their skills, ensembles of peers who 'get' their passion, and high-level music instruction without interruption because the decision had to be made between paying for lessons or meeting the rent," said Natalie Jansorn, the Foundation's director of programs. "Widening the Stage offers gifted students opportunities to excel, regardless of their economic circumstances."

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About the Colburn School

The School offers both broad-based open enrollment (Colburn School of Performing Arts) and a conservatory standard (Colburn Conservatory of Music). Current enrollment is 1,750. The curriculum includes dance, drama, voice and theory training from early childhood to college levels and individual instruction in all instruments. Highlights include weekly performing opportunities, a Chamber Music Institute, four orchestral levels, comprehensive jazz and choral programs, a college prep program in piano, frequent master classes by leading international artists and an Opera Club. The Colburn School sponsors the Zipper Orchestra and the Musical Encounters and Summer Encounter community outreach programs, which provide free music performances to thousands of children in public elementary schools throughout Los Angeles. The Colburn Conservatory of Music offers a 4-year Bachelor of Music degree, an Artists Diploma, and a Professional Studies Certificate.

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About the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University
Founded by May Garrettson Evans in 1894, The Preparatory offers instruction in music and dance to a diverse student body of approximately 2,000 students beginning at 2 months. Youngsters and adults enroll in classes and/or individual instruction and may attend repertoire classes, master classes, and participate in a graduated recital series.  They may also enroll in children’s chorus, orchestra, music theory, and chamber music and participate in certificate programs and school-wide competitions. The dance program includes ballet, contemporary, and ballroom dancing. Other special offerings include a Teacher Mentoring Program in Baltimore City Schools and a pre-conservatory violin program. In addition to its main school in downtown Baltimore, the Preparatory has branches in Towson, Columbia and Annapolis.

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