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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Performing Arts

Mission: The Gabriel Chamber Ensemble’s mission is to provide Schuylkill County with traditional and contemporary chamber music of the highest standards, foster growth in local chamber music appreciation, and encourage our area’s young people in their attendance and involvement with this important musical form.

Results: Our audience is growing in all directions. But we would love to see more children. Parents: treat your children to this unique cultural form.

Target demographics: ANYBODY - ALL AGES..

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 1,000

Geographic areas served: Central PA

Programs: listed on our website.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Gabriel Chamber Ensemble has been enriching my life since the early 1990s. And this is from someone who travels to NYC for cultural enrichment (Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic...). There are many elements that make the GCE experience so enjoyable. For one thing, they frequently introduce us to music we're not already familiar with. I love that. In addition, all four musicians are adept at speaking about the music they're going to perform. This can create a handy bridge to the music, and be educational and interesting as well. Essentially, it connects the audience to what we're about to hear, even if we have heard it before. I'll never forget learning from our cellist about the tragic illness in the short life of Franz Schubert that is credited with some of the passionate highs and lows in the beloved Death and the Maiden. Another source of enjoyment in the experience with this ensemble is the evident pleasure they take in performing together. And while there has not been a lot of room for improvement, they have only gotten better as the years go by. Ensemble members are also creative in their approach to performances. For example, earlier this season each of the four poems conveyed in Vivaldi's Four Seasons were read to the audience prior to each movement. I'm a big fan of combining more than one art form in a single showcase. It was enchanting. That we have a chamber music ensemble of this caliber here in Schuylkill County is truly remarkable. We are indeed blessed.

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3

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Gabriel Chamber Ensemble has been enriching my life since the early 1990s. And this is from someone who travels to NYC for cultural enrichment (Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic...). There are many elements that make the GCE experience so enjoyable. For one thing, they frequently introduce us to music we're not already familiar with. I love that. In addition, all four musicians are adept at speaking about the music they're going to perform. This can create a handy bridge to the music, and be educational and interesting as well. Essentially, it connects the audience to what we're about to hear, even if we have heard it before. I'll never forget learning from our cellist about the tragic illness in the short life of Franz Schubert that is credited with some of the passionate highs and lows in the beloved Death and the Maiden. Another source of enjoyment in the experience with this ensemble is the evident pleasure they take in performing together. And while there has not been a lot of room for improvement, they have only gotten better as the years go by. Ensemble members are also creative in their approach to performances. For example, earlier this season each of the four poems conveyed in Vivaldi's Four Seasons were read to the audience prior to each movement. I'm a big fan of combining more than one art form in a single showcase. It was enchanting. That we have a chamber music ensemble of this caliber here in Schuylkill County is truly remarkable. We are indeed blessed.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

For the past 20 years, the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble (GCE) has provided the highest quality and the most enjoyable musical experiences to rural Schuylkill County, PA. GCE also provides awards to County graduating high school seniors, scholarships to summer music camp, outreach programs to schools. The fund-raisers and special events are great fun!

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization for about 10 years, first of all as a spectator and now as a board member. Each member of the organization (musicians and board members) are committed to providing the local community with exceptional chamber music. Everyone in the organization is very friendly and very easy to work with. I am very happy to be involved with this organization.