ClefWorks’ mission is to provide the community with unique opportunities to experience Chamber music in casual, approachable environments and to promote the appreciation of this timeless, yet evolving art form.
To reach this goal, ClefWorks uses a three-pronged approach: our annual Festival Season concerts, our House Concerts as well as other special events and our yearlong Outreach series. Our Outreach concerts in particular are a special and vital part of the ClefWorks vision as we bring the power of music to life for children in the River Region who are often underserved when it comes to the arts.
As we have done every year since we were founded, ClefWorks included high impact Outreach events during the 2014 Festival season featuring our guest musicians. Del Sol played for children at Flowers and E.D Nixon Elementary Schools, coached string students at BTW Magnet High School, conducted a session for music and religion students at Huntingdon College and performed for students at the Montgomery Music Project. Similarly, past guests So Percussion and ETHEL performed for elementary, junior high and high school students from across the city. Concerts in all seasons were interactive and involved question and answer time between musicians and students.
Del Sol’s residency was highlighted by a visit from acclaimed young composer Mohammed Fairouz. Del Sol performed the Southern Premiere of his worked The Named Angels in Montgomery. Before the premiere, students at Huntingdon enjoyed a lecture and demonstration with Del Sol and Fairouz. Fairouz fielded questions about both the content of the piece and working as a composer.
Features of past residencies included So Percussion’s master class and interactive coaching session at Alabama State with Iron Giant Percussion, winners of the season’s Percussion Competition. The foursome from Birmingham later performed with So during the group’s Saturday night concert. During ETHEL’s visit a special coaching session for young string players with the Montgomery Music Project proved to be a hit as the young students played a Led Zeppelin tune along with ETHEL.
ClefWorks recently completed an April Outreach concert serving students with funds and volunteers provided by the Junior League of Montgomery. The concerts, featuring jazz musicians, were held at local elementary schools and the YMCA GoodTimes program.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact us!