Matinee Musicale grants strike right note in community

Matinee Musicale Cincinnati has made grants totaling $60,000 for programs that teach music performance and appreciation to children and adults. The grants come from funds derived from a bequest by the Louise Dieterle Nippert estate.

Matinee Musicale began in 1912 when a group of female musicians joined forces to present public recitals by professional musicians from around the world. Its mission today is to serve the community through recitals and events such as master classes, and by awarding grants to qualifying nonprofits.

Organizations receiving grants for 2017 are:

  • 4-Way String Quartet for its elementary school program offering private lessons, group classes and coaching in chamber music.
  • Benjamin Carlson-Berne Scholarship Fund, which provides weekly private lessons and mentorship to youth.
  • Chamber Music Network of Greater Cincinnati to support its Palooza! in the Park event and its Chamber Palooza celebration.
  • Cincinnati Choral Academy for its choral music education program in four area schools for grades 3-6.
  • The Corryville Suzuki Project to support its Saturday Ensemble and Music Theory Program and its summer camp.
  • Melodic Connections, whose programs offer music therapy and instruction for individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • MYCincinnati, a free youth orchestra for ages 5-17.
  • Northern Kentucky School of Music of Immanuel United Methodist Church for private lesson scholarships for needy students.
  • Peaslee Neighborhood Center for its Music Enrichment Program, which includes piano lessons and summer African drumming classes.
  • Queen City Opera for its production of the Russian-language opera “Iolanta” by Tchaikovsky next May.
  • University of Cincinnati Libraries for processing an extensive collection of sheet music donated by a local musician and teacher.
  • Winton Woods Educational Foundation in support of its Fostering Achievement in Music Education program.

Applications for grants in 2018 should be submitted by May 15; grants are awarded in July.

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