"to perform chamber music
with virtuosity, energy, and artistic excellence, enriching broad
and diverse local, domestic, and international audiences through concerts
and educational activities stimulated by creative collaborations."
Red Cedar Chamber Music was founded in July 1997 by concert artists Jan
Boland and John Dowdall. Red
Cedar Chamber Music is a self-presenting 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization
with a core ensemble that participates in all Red Cedar performances.
Cedar Chamber Music Red Cedar Chamber Music has adopted as its mantra
"Chamber music should be just like this -- intimate, bonding
and conversational," quoting a review of its core performers,
the Red Cedar Trio, in The American Record Guide. Red Cedar audiences
are treated to equal doses of the antique and the avant-garde. On
one hand Red Cedar specializes in the performance of early 19th-century
music on period instruments. On the other hand, Red Cedar annually
commissions a new work for modern instruments (nearly forty commissions
since 1997). Red Cedar performs scores of concerts each year, both
at home and abroad – most recently at the Northern Royal College
of Music in Manchester, England (2010), Hunter College in New York,
the Czech Embassy in Washington D.C., the National Museum in The Czech
Republic, and the American Embassy in Tokyo.
Red Cedar Chamber
Music continually strives to reach, challenge, and expand audiences
that rarely have the opportunity to attend chamber music performances.
This happens through its 3 components: a 100-event educational program,
a concert series, and a summer festival.
1. Educational Programming : Called Community
Connections, our extensive educational programming enhances the
quality of life and brings nearly 100 chamber music events each year
to special under served populations of Iowans, when and where people
normally congregate. 1) Rural Outreach Concerts. Chamber
music for tiny rural communities. Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts
3) Music for Kids. For students in schools: designed to fit
into existing school curriculums. 4) Music for Seniors. Brings
intimate and communicative chamber music to seniors when and where
they normally congregate. 5) Chamber Music Now! Gives gifted
high school and college instrumental students an opportunity to mentor,
and perform with Red Cedar's professional chamber ensemble. 6) Production
Floor Performances. Music for the work place. 7) Gifts of
Music. Gives donated musical events to help other not-for-profit
2. Concert Series : A three-concert series (each
performed at least 4 times) draws guest artists of the highest quality
from across the country to work in concert with Iowa artists. The
programming is diverse, and frequently addresses the ethnic cultures
which have immigrated to Eastern Iowa. For example, our collaborations
with our National Czech Museum include newly rediscovered chamber
music works by Czech composers and new commissions with Czech influence.
3. Summer Festival : Red Cedar Chamber Music's Summer
Festival is a magnet that draws professional and aspiring-professional
musicians from across the nation, in a one-week festival held
in July on the Cornell College campus. Participants receive musical coaching, and take classes that
sharpen their administrative and marketing skills. They perform mini
concerts in our community.
Cedar Chamber Music, Inc. was founded in Marion, Iowa in 1997 for
the purpose of bringing quality chamber music to diverse audiences.
Red Cedar Chamber Music has four components 1) Concert Series -- a
series of three community-based concerts, 2) Community Connections
-- educational events targeting ordinary people (the underserved,
kids, folks in the workplace, senior citizens) 3) Summer Festival
-- honing the musical & business skills of professional and aspiring-professional
musicians, and 4) Worldwide --concerts on tour to reach rural communities,
and national & international audiences.
The founders, artists Jan Boland (flutist) & John Dowdall (guitarist),
brought 16 years of experience to the organization. The Boland-Dowdall
Duo is the core-ensemble of Red Cedar Chamber Music. Additional artists
are engaged to enrich programming and explore collaborations. Violist
David Miller, regularly joins the group, and together they are known
as the Red Cedar Trio.
Collaborations are the lifeblood of our organization. Through collaborations
with composers, Red Cedar has commissioned/premiered nearly 40 new works
(including one concerto) since 1997. Collaborations with local arts
and human service organizations serve to integrate art forms, enhance
programming, develop audience, and provide concert venues (art museum,
ethnic museums, history museum, historic sites, libraries, after-school
programs, etc.) --it is a win-win situation for all.
Support for this organization is strong, both in terms of
audience reached and monies contributed for support. The Iowa Arts Council frequently scores
Red Cedar Chamber Music among highest marks for an Iowa mid-sized organization
and awards Operational Support Grants and project grants up to $9000 in each category annually. Donations
from individuals, and corporate sponsorships put us on a good footing
Highlights include the partnership with The Metropolitan Museum of
Art in New York and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art: rare musical instruments
were borrowed from the Met & used for performance (only the 2nd
time in the Met's history such a loan was made) in workshops, educational
activities, concerts, and culminated in a compact disc recording.
A concert was presented at the Met Museum in N.Y. to celebrate the
release of the CD, Crystal to Gold (Fleur De Son Classics).
Red Cedar Chamber Music records exclusively for Fleur de Son Classics of New York. Thirteen commercial discs feature rarely heard 19th-century works recorded on period instruments, and new commissions performed on modern instruments. Czech Chamber Music, a CD by Red Cedar Chamber Music artists flutist
Jan Boland, violist David Miller, and guitarist John Dowdall received
a "Critic's Choice Award" from the American Record Guide.
Other projects reflecting the strong Czech culture in our local area
have led to commissions, artist exchanges with musicians in the Czech
Republic, and performances of Czech-Inspired music in New York, Washington
D.C, and Prague and Brno in The Czech Republic in 2004.
The popular outreach program, Community Connections, serves a broad
and diverse audience in Eastern Iowa with mini-concerts and (mostly
free) educational events. In partnership with our Marion Chamber of
Commerce, the program values its collaborations with the Heritage
Agency on Aging , Cedar Rapids Schools, and Four Oaks (after school
program) to bring chamber music to non-traditional audiences when
and where they normally meet. Educational events comprise two-thirds
of Red Cedar Chamber Music's programming.