Erie Chamber Orchestra Receives Grants

Posted: February 17, 2017

 The Erie Chamber Orchestra received two grants that will support the orchestra's cultural and outreach efforts.

The Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority awarded a $8,352 grant to the to orchestra, followed by an $8,000 grant from the Erie Community Foundation.

In addition to a full, 10-concert season, which includes a semi-staged opera production, the Erie Chamber Orchestra presents three recitals on the recently created Joe Luckey Recital Series. The orchestra also keeps an ambitious schedule of educational and outreach activities at local schools and community centers.

These include three programs designed by and for the orchestra. Entitled, The ABCs of the Symphonies, Tall Tales and Long Tales and The Orchestra at Work, these programs have beguiled and educated thousands of local students with a broad-based curriculum that uses music to introduce concepts from other academic disciplines.

Since its beginning as the Erie Bayfront Orchestra in 1978, the Erie Chamber Orchestra has sustained the vision of its founder and longtime music director Bruce Morton Wright of making the tradition of concert music available to all music.

In residence at Gannon University, the Erie Chamber Orchestra's mission is to ensure that everyone has access to classical music, regardless of age, income, education or cultural background. All performances of the orchestra are presented free of charge.