Receives a NEA Grant
The UWSP Very Young Composers of Central Wisconsin was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Faculty Emeritus Robert Rosen, Executive Director of the program since its inception in 2010, expressed his delight of the support and national attention this program has received. "This the third time we have received an award and the accompanying recognition from this prestigious organization. It serves as validation of the quality and unique contribution or program brings to Central Wisconsin."
The VYC program has distinguished itself as being the 2nd program to be established in the country and has a direct affiliation with the New York Philharmonic. Of the more than 60 programs that have been established throughout the country and around the world, the UWSP VYC Program is the only one connected with a university. UWSP music students are directly involved in the teaching process, a wonderful experiential opportunity for those who are planning a career as music educators. Faculty and experienced music teachers from the Stevens Point Area Public Schools provide guidance to the UWSP students as they work with 4th and 5th graders from throughout the region who are involved in the program.
The mission of the program is "to provide an interactive pathway for children to listen, explore, and reveal the essence of their own voice through the creation of original music." This year's session will be held on the UWSP campus January 3 – 21, 2019. The program is sponsored and governed by Very YoungComposers, Inc., with financial and additional support from the ASCAP Foundation Irving Ceaser Fund, Stevens Point Area Public School District, Art Works, Sentry Invitation to the Arts, and additional support from private donors.