Antolini presents in New Mexico
Albuquerque, N.M. — Anthony Antolini of Cushing, artistic director of Down East Singers and co-founder and music director of Mozart Mentors Orchestra, will be a presenter at the annual conference of the University of New Mexico's Mentoring Institute Tuesday through Friday, Oct. 29 to Nov. 1. Antolini’s presentation will focus on the concept of developing an orchestra based on the mentor-mentee relationship and on how that orchestra interacts with area choral groups.
Mozart Mentors Orchestra, founded in 2010, pairs professional musicians and teachers with their most gifted students. Although the group initially played Mozart, the repertoire has expanded to include works by other classical and contemporary composers. In 2012, the orchestra and the Bowdoin Chorus, which Antolini also directs, performed Karl Jenkins' Requiem (2005). In the spring of this year, the same work, performed by the orchestra and Down East Singers, sold out at the Camden Opera House.
Antolini's presentation at the conference also will include information about a recent Mozart Mentors Orchestra and Bowdoin Chorus performance of Maine composer Delmar Small's “As It Began to Dawn,” an Easter oratorio. Down East Singers and the orchestra will perform the work at Camden Opera House on Memorial Day 2014.
The age range of the mentees is 11 to 17, so some of them have moved on. The mentors have remained stable and provide the staying power of the group. All musicians are paid and are required to adhere to a strict rehearsal and performance schedule.
Antolini wrote a comprehensive article about the orchestra in the February issue of Choral Journal, the monthly publication of the American Choral Directors Association, and his selection as a presenter at the Mentoring Institute followed.
For more information about the Mentoring Institute, see mentoring.unm.edu. For more information about Mozart Mentors Orchestra and Down East Singers, see downeastsingers.org. Antolini, who is on the faculty of Bowdoin College, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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