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Review for Chamber Music At The Barn Inc, Maize, KS, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Chamber Music at The Barn (CMATB) offers professional chamber music concerts of artistic excellence each summer since 1997 through up to 15 performances of a five-concert series. Just outside Kansas’ largest metropolitan area—Wichita, the concerts are performed in an intimate, casual, country setting of a log barn in rural Maize, Kansas. Music lovers enjoy superb professional chamber music during the summer months, as well as a delightful dinner with friends and family in the beautiful gardens at Prairie Pines Tree Farm before each concert. Three or four concerts consisting of classical chamber music and one or two concerts from a different genre are performed during the months of June, July, and August.
Of distinct note, CMATB provides high quality, professionally operated, diverse educational opportunities for persons of all ages and backgrounds. They are:
1. NASAW—Northeast Area Strings Academy of Wichita is a summer string music program dedicated to the education and encouragement of African American string students
2. Young Chamber Players - Bows at the Barn—weeklong, intensive study of chamber and orchestral music for serious middle school and high school musicians.
3. The Great Plains Mandolin Camp—Mandolin players and enthusiasts spend two days with two masters-in-residence, Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg.
4. CAMP da CAPO, a weekend chamber music retreat for adult amateurs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Recently the MacArthur Foundation Fellows for 2010 were announced. One of the honorees, Sebastian Ruth, works with disadvantaged youth in Providence RI by providing an inner-city string program. CMATB has had a very similar string program for African-American youth since 2001. Annually, the 60 students receive free private lessons, free instruments and group performance opportunities through this program. This is just one of the MANY stories of great music and service provided by CMATB

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing. I love the music and the services.

Role:  Volunteer & I have helped write grants for CMATB as a volunteer. In the past three years they have been awarded two National Endowment Grants and American Masterpieces from the State.