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Cascade Quartet Awarded CMA Grant to support "Music is Healing" Residency in Great Falls

Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, today announced the distribution of $951,545 through its four major grant programs: New Jazz Works and Presenter Consortium for Jazz, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Classical Commissioning, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and the Residency Partnership Program, funded by Chamber Music America's Residency Endowment Fund.

This funding will provide key support for the creation, performance, and presentation of small ensemble works, as well as support community engagement and audience-building initiatives. The grantees in each program were selected by independent peer panels.

The Cascade Quartet was among the groups awarded a Residency Partnership Program grant in order to support the "Music is Healing" Residency, which will provide engaging and interactive performances for members in the Great Falls community who are unable to leave their care facilities, and to provide a medium for which family members of all ages could come together to spend quality time with their loved ones who are elderly and terminally ill. Research has shown that live music provides significant therapeutic benefits to those who are suffering from illness and disease.

The Cascade Quartet in conjunction with the Great Falls Symphony and Chamber Music America is teaming up with several community retirement, assisted living and healthcare facilities in early 2018 to provide classic and contemporary music performance experiences for their residents, family members and employees.

The project will engage the audience by inviting movement and dance, singing, painting and fellowship. The performances will break the boundaries of tradition and the setting will provide a unique, fresh, and captivating experience.

The community partners for the Music is Healing Residency are Benefis Long-Term Care Division, Cambridge Court, Eagles Manor, Kindred Healthcare/Park Place, The Grandview at Benefis, and The Rainbow.

If you are interested in partnering with The Great Falls Symphony and the Cascade Quartet with this project, please contact Hillary Rose Shepherd at 406-453-4102. We will need assistance with photography, video and audio production, and art supplies.

For more information about the Cascade Quartet, visit their website at

For more information regarding Chamber Music America's grantees for 2017, click HERE.

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