TEMP Goes to School
Our educational initiatives:
The Susan Anderson Kerr Scholarship
"I knew nothing about early music before I went to my first TEMP concert. I assumed that there was piano there. Since I play the piano, all I know is classical music, the violins and the pianos. After 5 concerts, I come to know early music, its style and its instruments. I especially love how TEMP divides different concert into different regions—it just makes the whole program more exotic and more interesting to hear." —Coco Chu, Kerr Scholar, 2016
We are excited about our developing educational initiatives. The Susan Anderson Kerr Scholarship is dedicated to educational outreach in the greater Austin area. With the help of this scholarship, TEMP’s special Outreach Ensemble performs a concert series in Austin area schools.
Begun in 2013 as a scholarship to help specific students attend TEMP performances throughout the season, this scholarship has since evolved into a more far-reaching program where our Outreach Ensemble visits different schools in the Austin area, thus effecting a far larger group of young minds than before.
This year, Texas Early Music Project has 2 specific programs geared to our schools:
• TEMP's A Brief History of Music in Western Europe: Our Artistic Director and founder of Texas Early Music Project, Daniel Johnson, gives a brief overview of the development of music in Western Europe over six centuries in an entertaining lecture-recital format. TEMP's group of 10–12 singers and instrumentalists perform various pieces as examples during the lecture. The lecture-performance is followed by a 10-minute Q&A session. Running time: 45 minutes.
• TEMP's 24 Italian Hits! Available in the spring semester 2017. TEMP's ensemble of 4-5 professional singers and a small continuo ensemble gives an authentic, entertaining performance of selections from the famous 24 Italian Art Songs and Arias, a staple of every Solo & Ensemble Contest in the state of Texas. This Outreach program is especially tailored to school choirs and voice students. Running time: 45 minutes.
We’re looking forward to meeting more students and teachers and introducing them to their musical roots! If you know any instructors who are interested in these opportunities, or would like to support our efforts in any way, please call (512) 377-6961 and leave a message, or email us! All contributions to the scholarship, or directly to TEMP, are fully tax-deductible.
Free Online Coursera Course:
Deciphering Secrets: Unlocking the Manuscripts
of Medieval Spain
We are delighted to announce that our Convivencia CD has been recommended as supplemental material for the free, online Coursera course, Deciphering Secrets: Unlocking the Manuscripts of Medieval Spain, taught by Dr. Roger L. Martínez-Dávila and Dr. Kathryn Andrus. See the intro video for the course below. In addition to our Convivencia CD, see also our related recording, Night and Day: Sephardic Songs of Love and Exile.