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Grand Canyon Music Fest wins national prize
New Music USA to present award next May in New York City

NEW YORK, NY - The Board of Directors of New Music USA awarded the Grand Canyon Music Festival's Native American Composer Apprentice Project (NACAP) its 2013 New Music Educator Award.

"This is a very prestigious award, it was a wonderful surprise," said Clare Hoffman, artistic director for the Grand Canyon Music Festival. "It was completely unexpected and totally out of the blue."

The Grand Canyon Music Festival will receive the New Music Educator Award in May, 2013 at New Music USA's annual awards ceremony in New York City.

This is the first annual awards ceremony since the merger last year of the American Music Center and Meet the Composer. New Music USA is continuing the tradition of the American Music Center's annual awards, originally established in 1964, for champions in the field of new American music.

Previous recipients of the New Music Educator Award include the New World Symphony, the Walden School, and Charles Hamm.

"We are honored to win this award and be included in the same category as music legends that have won it before us and other award winners this year," Hoffman said. "We may be small but we are well known in the music world throughout the country."

Other award winners being honored are the JACK Quartet winning the Trailblazer Award, Meredith Monk winning the Founders Award, and Anthony Braxton, John Kander, John Luther Adams, Pacific Serenades and William Kraft winning the Letters of Distinction.

Founded in 1983, the Grand Canyon Music Festival brings world-renowned artists to Arizona for performances, outreach, and education programs in rural and underserved Arizona communities, at affordable admission prices. The annual three-week series of concerts held at the Shrine of the Ages, South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, emphasizes the broad diversity of chamber music in celebration of the environment of this majestic World Heritage Site.

Since 1984, the festival has served Native American communities within the state, including the Navajo, Hopi, Havasupai, and Pima Indian Reservations, as well as the Heard Museum and Scottsdale Community College. In 2001, the festival inaugurated its Native American Composer Apprentice Project.

Recognized for its outstanding work with youth, NACAP is an intensive tutoring program on the art of composition for string quartet. The program's 2012 composers-in-residence worked with students from five Navajo and Hopi high schools in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. Those student works were then work-shopped, premiered, toured, and recorded by Ethel, NACAP 2012 ensemble-in-residence, and the Catalyst Quartet, 2012 NACAP fellowship ensemble-in-residence.

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