Matinée Musicale announces grants to 10 arts programs

Students from MYCincinnati. Photo provided

Thanks to a bequest from the estate of the late arts patron Louise Dieterle Nippert, Matinée Musicale is awarding $72,000 in grants to 10 deserving music education and outreach programs in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

They are all achieving great things in the arts. The list:

Benjamin Carlson-Berne Scholarship Fund, which provides weekly private lessons and mentorship to youth of middle school age to high school age.

Chamber Music Network of Greater Cincinnati to support its Chamber Palooza celebration on Sept. 1, 2018, at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble to expand the High School Vocal Scholars Program in 2018-2019 in the Greenhills and Clifton communities. Private voice instruction and other music experiences will be offered to additional students preparing for possible careers in music.

Cincinnati Choral Academy – funding awarded to the Cincinnati May Festival Association to be used for the Cincinnati Choral Academy’s El Sistema vocal program in five Cincinnati public schools in the 2018-2019 school year. This initiative will provide choral experiences and music education for elementary students in under-served areas.

Corryville Suzuki Project to support its Saturday Ensemble and Music Theory Program (SEMT) and its summer camp.

Melodic Connections, whose five different programs offer music therapy and instruction for individuals with developmental disabilities and other marginalized populations, ages 4-85.

Peaslee Neighborhood Center for its Music Enrichment Program, which includes piano lessons for adults and children and summer African drumming classes for ages 10-13.

MYCincinnati (Music for Youth in Cincinnati), a free youth orchestra for children ages of 5-17, modeled on El Sistema, a Venezuelan youth orchestra network.

Queen City Opera for its production in May, 2019 of the world premiere of a recently-published historical Critical Edition of Weber’s Der Freischütz.

Winton Woods Educational Foundation Inc. in support of its Fostering Achievement in Music Education (FAME) program. FAME assists the Winton Woods City School District with the purchase of respectable, affordable instruments for beginning students and sponsors funds to engage private teachers.

In May 2012, Mrs. Nippert was honored as the recipient of the Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio. She passed away on July 22, 2012. Her estate has benefited numerous Cincinnati musical organizations, including Matinée Musicale, which dedicated its 100th anniversary season, 2012-2013, to her memory.

Soprano Nadine Sierra was presented by Matinee Musicale in a recent season.

Matinée Musicale began in 1912 when a group of female musicians joined forces to present a series of public recitals by professional musicians from around the world. More than a century later, the nonprofit organization – made up of active professional and retired musicians, music teachers and other music enthusiasts – continues to bring noteworthy classical musicians to Cincinnati for memorable recital performances.

Akropolis Wind Quintet. Photo provided

The season begins Sept. 30 with the Akropolis Wind Quintet, 3 p.m. in Memorial Hall, OTR. For information visit

The organization’s mission is to serve and enrich the community through these recitals, as well as events such as master classes, by awarding grants to qualifying nonprofits focused on music education and through its Nancy F. Walker Scholarship Competition open to high school and college students.

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