Concert Schedule
Educational Programming
Community Connections

Red Cedar Chamber Music Community Connections is about bringing music to underserved populations when and where they normally meet. Red Cedar musicians perform nearly 100 educational events each season. Red Cedar Chamber Music's educational programming is presented in partnership with the City of Marion, the Marion School District, the Cedar Rapids School District.

During the first 20 years of Red Cedar's history, funds were provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, AEGON Transamerica Foundation, the James & Norma Jean Rosborough Foundation, the Giacoletto Foundation, Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, Farmers State Bank, the Marion School Foundation, the City of Marion, the William P. and Gayle M. Whipple Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, and Nancy A. Miller.

Red Cedar Chamber Music is a multi-year recipient of a Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Program Grant with funding provided by the CMA Residency Endowment Fund.

Music for Kids

educational events for grades K-12

Music in Libraries

for extended families in Eastern Iowa libraries
Music for Seniors when and where they normally congregate

Chamber Music Now! for exceptionally talented young musicians (to work in concert with professionals)
Production Floor Performances for workers in offices & factories

Music for Kids

For children K-12.

Projects are tied to existing curriculum and classroom goals.

Nearly 40-50 classroom educational events are presented each school year.

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A child closes the holes of Jan's flute and students show us if the results create tones that are higher or lower. Jan Boland (flute) and John Dowdall (guitar) in an event for 3rd-graders in Mr. Tompsen's music classroom in the Marion School District.

Music in Libraries

Brings family-friendly concerts to libraries in Linn County, Iowa.

Attracts extended families, home schooled children, preschoolers, library patrons on a Saturday afternoon.

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The Red Cedar Trio performs at the Cedar Rapids Public Library on a Wednesday over the noon hour. Listeners also browse books and eat their lunches.

Music for Seniors

Brings interactive music events to senior citizens when and where they normally meet. Senior citizens often cannot go out at night to a traditional concert setting, so we go to them during the daytime hours, often at senior residential facilities like Meth-Wick Manor or Kingston Hill Retirement Community.

Production Floor Performances

are held annually at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids.

Workers gather in the lobby for a noon- time concert, or simply
leave the doors of their offices open to let the sound waft up three stories.

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Chamber Music Now!

gives talented high school and college students the opportunity to make music as peers with professional musicians.

After a series of intense rehearsals, performances are given in libraries and schools

Past student participants include Brooke Lyons (flute) Will Hansen (clarinet), Liz Zelnick (viola), Thad Sentman (cello), William Whipple (piano) Catherine Miller (violin), Emily Broere (piano), Joe Lynch (double bass), Elizabeth Klaus (viola), Leah Bergman (cello), Stephanie Michalicek (narrator), Ranee Rapier (viola), Chris Hanson (viola), JoAnna Cochenet (viola), Andrew Stern (cello), Becca Neely (violin), Blake Tchon (cello), Alissa Roggow (viola), Madeline Krych (violin), Andrew Bonar (cello).

Pictured here are Chamber Music Now!
young musicians Thad Sentman and
Liz Zelnick playing a concert in the
Cedar Rapids Library with professionals.
Student performers mentor young listeners, and also learn chamber music skills.


What is the public response?

. . .This is only my second non-rock concert, but I really enjoyed it!

FROM KIDS. . .. . .
. . .I learned to pluck, pick and strum. Thanks for coming to my school.
. . .Thank you for your little musical. I have heard of Mozart.
. . .I enjoyed the concert. Me and my friend was laughen at the love song.

. . . My 3-year old loved it and her attention "drift" was almost zero. Excellent!
. . . They did a wonderful job of making the instruments come alive for the children.
























Starry Elementary School 2011

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