Here’s some cool news from Phillip Serna, one of this blog’s longtime contributors:
Chicago-Area Arts Advocate Phillip W. Serna To Be Honored for Arts Outreach in Schools by Early Music America
Plainfield, IL June 1, 2010 – Dr. Phillip W. Serna and his school outreach program ‘Viols in Our Schools’ has been selected to receive the Early Music America Outreach Award for 2010 to be awarded at the Berkeley Early Music Festival in June. The ceremony will take place at the annual meeting of Early Music America on Friday, June 11th at the Berkeley City Club during the festival.
Information about the award from Early Music America’s Website (www.earlymusic.org):
The Early Music Outreach Award recognizes and promotes excellence in outreach and/or educational projects for children or adults by ensembles and individual artists. The award is given at Early Music America’s annual meeting in June in the years in which the award is made. The winner receives a $1000 cash prize to support its endeavors.
Judging of nominees is done by members of EMA’s Board of Directors and Education Committee.
About Phillip Serna and ‘Viols in Our Schools’:
Phillip W. Serna is the 2010 recipient of the Early Music America Outreach Award, which honors ensembles or individual artists for excellence in early music outreach and/or educational projects for children or adults. Since its inception in 2006, Phillip Serna’s Viols in Our Schools program has worked to make period-instrument performance for viols a vital part of local school communities through collaborative performances, in-school recitals and day-long residencies in locations ranging from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Texas. With over 35 events and 80 hours of classroom time this season, these programs seek to educate, inform and inspire the next generation of Early Music enthusiasts, performers and scholars by presenting to students ranging from Kindergarten through college age. Phillip is instructor of double bass and viola da gamba at Valparaiso University, and is on faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Early Music Department. Phillip produces the GambaCast podcast and has contributed articles to Bass World, the American String Teacher, the VdGSA News, and others. Phillip has performed on double bass with many Midwest orchestras and on viols and vielle with early music ensembles including Ars Antigua, the Chicago Early Music Consort, Duo fantaisie en Echo, the Newberry Consort and the Spirit of Gambo – a Chicago Consort of Viols. Phillip received his Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University, where he studied viol with Mary Springfels. Phillip is currently president of the Viola da Gamba Society Third Coast, the Chicago chapter of the VdGSA. For more information on the viola da gamba, Dr. Serna and ‘Viols in Our Schools,’ visit www.violsinourschools.org.
Dr. Phillip W. Serna, director of Viols in Our Schools
Viols in Our Schools – Bringing Early Music to Wider Audiences