NACAP August 30 and September 1

Native American Composer Apprentice Project
August 30 at 6 p.m.
Heard Museum
Sunday, September 1 at 5 p.m.
Shrine of the Ages
Free Concert
Students from the the Navajo, Hopi, and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Nations have been studying composition with composers-in-residence Raven Chacon and Michael Begay. Come hear the students’ original works, performed by
the Catalyst Quartet.


NACAP composer-in-residence Raven Chacon
working with students at Chinle High School

NewMusic USA’s New Music Educators Award

President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award

Arizona Governor’s Arts Award for Arts in Education

” Education is not so much filling a bucket as lighting a fire.” — William Butler Yeats

NACAP develops musical literacy and enhances critical thinking and decision making skills through the study of music composition. It introduces students to European “classical” music techniques, develops their understanding of their own musical heritages and how to use that knowledge to develop their own compositional voices. Native American students interested in advanced study in any field face unique challenges to their aspirations. “Major colleges… often view the talent on the reservations as a risky investment. … They fear American Indians will ditch their scholarships once they get homesick.” The New York Times, June 17, 2001. NACAP nurtures the musical talents of Native American students, helps them prepare for music study at the college and conservatory level, and gives them a window through which to view and understand professional careers in music.

Click here to learn more about NACAP

The Festival administers the Native American Composer Apprentice Project (NACAP) with support from the National Endowment for the Arts; Y.E.S. for Diné Bikeyah and partner schools through funding from the Arizona Commission on the Arts; The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund; the Arizona Woman’s Partnership; Santa Fe Natural Tobacco; New Music USA (made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Helen F. Whitaker Fund, Aaron Copland Fund for Music). Expansion of NACAP to Whitehorse High School in Utah is funded in part by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums and the National Endowment for the Arts. Expansion of NACAP to Salt River High School on the Salt River Pima – Maricopa Indian Community in Scottsdale is supported in part through funding from the Scottsdale Council on the Arts, and the Scottsdale League for the Arts. NACAP receives in – kind support from Recapture Lodge, Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River, Xanterra Resorts Grand Canyon South Rim, and Scottsdale Community College.To follow NACAP as it unfolds, visit our NewMusic USA Project Page:

Special thanks to our Native American Composer Apprentice Project Partner Schools, Tuba City Boarding School, Greyhills Academy, Whitehorse High School, Chinle High School, Tuba City High School, and Salt River High School. NACAP could not happen without their talented and dedicated teachers, administrators and staff. To Tom Riggenbach and Navajo Y.E.S.(YouthEmpowerment Services) for their immeasurable support of NACAP.

The Native American Composer Apprentice Project (NACAP) is an outreach program of the Grand Canyon Music Festival. The August 30th September 1st performances of student works are free and open to the public. But if you would like to donate to the Grand Canyon Music Festival to support NACAP and all of our activities, click here.

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