Grand Canyon Music Festival – Native American Composer Apprentice Project
President’s Committee on the Arts and the humanities National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Winner The Grand Canyon Music Festival’s ground-breaking, award-winning Native American Composer Apprentice Project (NACAP) nurtures the talents of Native American students in remote areas of the Hopi and Navajo Nations. An intensive program in the art of music composition, NACAP students participate in a complete composer experience, with intense one-on-one tutoring in composition for string quartet, and workshops with professional ensembles, resulting in each student creating original works for string quartet which are rehearsed, performed, recorded, and toured to the students’ communities. NACAP provides a unique creative opportunity for Hopi and Navajo reservation youth, relative to national and state education standards, as students traverse the creative process, from inspiration to rehearsal, performance and discussion. A dynamic, hands-on experience, NACAP challenges its students as they create empowering evidence of their achievements.