Fontana in the Community
Building curiosity and a lifelong interest in the world of chamber music is what our educational outreach and community engagement program is all about.
Activities throughout the year introduce the artistically and ethnically diverse possibilities of chamber music to individuals ranging from infants to elementary, middle and high school, as well as college and beyond, offering cultural experiences that for many would not otherwise be possible.
We reach thousands, young and old, in the wide variety of events we present.
School and community visits by our guest artists provide chamber music experiences in personal and interactive settings. Daytime concerts for youth provide opportunities to experience our artists at work in a real-time performance setting. Masterclasses, workshops and coaching sessions give aspiring young musicians the opportunity to work alongside the shining stars of today’s music world.
Reaching out to the community
In addition to their work in area schools and colleges, our guest artists regularly perform at neighborhood centers such as Boys and Girls Clubs and the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home.
They also perform for populations including the elderly and persons with disabilities at facilities like the Battle Creek VA Medical Center, and Amber Way and Amber Place (providing memory care and Alzheimer’s support), and retirement communities such as Friendship Village and The Fountains.
Presentations to local corporations underscore the synergy between business, technology and the arts.
Established in 2001, the BRAVO! competition was incorporated into Fontana’s outreach program in 2015. Similar in format to NPR’s “From the Top,” BRAVO! is a free public recital that celebrates the talents of area high school musicians who audition for spots on the program in front of a panel of professional musicians.
One of the newer components of our community engagement program, Crybaby Concerts serves families with infants and toddlers, introducing them to classical music in a setting where crying and the occasional tantrum will not be followed by the angry “shhh” of fellow concertgoers.
And – thanks to the commitment and generosity of our many underwriters, sponsors and donors – we are pleased to offer outreach activities FREE OF CHARGE!
These programs affirm our belief that chamber music is powerful – that it has the ability to move, inspire and enrich the human spirit.
For more information about Fontana’s Outreach Programs, please call (269) 382-7774.