Dallas Chamber Symphony Announces Receipt of TACA Artist Residency Fund

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Dallas, TX – TACA (The Arts Community Alliance) recently announced the Dallas Chamber Symphony, in collaboration with composer Douglas Buchanan, is one of three recipients to receive funding from the TACA Bowdon and Embrey Family Foundations Artist Residency Fund. TACA created this highly competitive award “to support the establishment or expansion of artistic residency programs in Dallas County…to foster meaningful interactions between those who create art and those who engage with art.”

According to TACA, “a panel of both local and national artists and arts managers narrowed applicant organizations through a highly competitive application and review process, [selecting] the three recipients based on the innovativeness and merit of their project, the inclusion of artistic collaborations, and the quality of engagement of target audiences.”

The Dallas Chamber Symphony looks forward to working with composer Douglas Buchanan for an extensive eighteen-month residency as part of their project The Sounds Between: Exploring the Interface Between Music Composition, Performance, and Consumption. Dr. Buchanan will create three commissioned works over the course of the residency, including a piece for the Sight of Sound film festival, and will host multiple lectures and workshops for local emerging composers. Public events will be interactive, encouraging explorations of music making and listening. Buchanan will support Dallas Chamber Symphony’s outreach to at-risk youth, the homeless and other underserved populations throughout the residency. TACA appreciate the partners’ proposal to “reach multiple audiences and ‘build bridges’ effectively” through exceptional integration with other organizations and a collaborative spirit. The DCS looks forward to a great partnership based on Dr. Buchanan’s excellent professional accomplishments, and personal and professional connections with Dallas and DCS Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. Richard McKay.

“The Dallas Chamber Symphony is excited to partner with Dr. Douglas Buchanan in the creation of new music, and the engagement of audiences of all ages and backgrounds, through the generous support of the TACA Bowdon and Embrey Family Foundations Artist Residency Fund” says Richard McKay, conductor and artistic director of the Dallas Chamber Symphony. “The project will create new music for our talent and other ensembles to perform, and enable many to explore and hone their creative abilities (while developing a better understanding of their interaction with both music compositions and performances). Through partnership with local universities, service organizations, and programs like the Sight of Sound film festival, this Residency will significantly expand the Dallas Chamber Symphony’s outreach.”

TACA’s Artist Residency Fund was initiated in response to the local arts community’s desire for more artist-community engagement opportunities, expressed at the 2013 Perforum. The Dallas Opera with conductor Nicole Paiement is a past recipient of a Residency award. The Children’s Chorus of Great Dallas (In collaboration with choral conductor and educator Sandra Snow) and the Orchestra of New Spain (working with dancer and choreographer Danica Sena) join the DCS on the Residency roster for this cycle.

About TACA (The Arts Community Alliance)

Established in 1967, TACA (The Arts Community Alliance) champions artistic excellence in North Texas performing arts organizations and encourages innovation, collaboration, and engagement through financial support, stewardship, and resources. Since its inception, TACA has distributed more than $24 million to emerging and established performing arts organizations with budgets from as little as $27,000 to as much as $30 million.

For more information about TACA, please call 214-520-3930 or visit taca-arts.org. Connect with TACA on Facebook at facebook.com/taca.arts.dallas and on Instagram at @TACADallas.

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