Pro Musica wins grant to commission new piece

Contact: Christine Shanaberger

Chamber orchestra performance will be based on work by Native American Poet Laureate.

The Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund has awarded Willamette Pro Musica a $5,000 grant for the commission and performance of a new musical piece.

Led by highly-regarded conductor and Assistant Professor of Music Héctor Agüero, this performance ensemble pairs Willamette University undergraduates with regional professional musicians for low-cost, public performances on campus.

The piece will be based on poetry by Elizabeth Woody, the first Native American to be named Oregon Poet Laureate, and offers student participants the opportunity to train alongside professional musicians and learn the piece in collaboration with the composer.

Open to the public, the concert will take place on Feb. 9, 2020, at Hudson Hall. 

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