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ETHEL Marks 10 Years Working With Native American Youth


Acclaimed New York string quartet ETHEL is commemorating its 10th year in the role of ensemble in residence at the Grand Canyon Music Festival’s Native American Composer Apprentice Project (NACAP). In its tenure with NACAP, ETHEL has worked with nearly 18,000 students, primarily from the Navajo and Hopi tribes, and premiered over 150 works by Native American children.

“NACAP gives a voice to students isolated by geography, culture, and economics,” Clare Hoffman, Director and Founder of NACAP, said in a press release. “Through ETHEL, music of NACAP apprentice composers has reached audiences internationally. That kind of backing creates incalculable benefits for our students, providing a platform for advocacy of these talented, overlooked youth. Our students' music comes alive through the quartet’s passion and commitment.”

ETHEL’s current residency will culminate in with concerts on Wednesday, August 27 at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Arizona, the premiere of works by NACAP Composer in Residence Raven Chacon on September 2 at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, and a program of the best student works on August 29 and 30 at Shrine of the Ages theater in Grand Canyon National Park.

"Native American composers need to be heard. Their music is so spiritual and ceremonial," ETHEL founding member and cellist Dorothy Lawson said in a press release.

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