Native American Composer Apprentice Project
Native American Composer Apprentice Project – NACAP
2020 Lewis Prize for Music Infusion Award
National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from
The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities
NewMusic USA’s New Music Educators Award
Arizona Governor’s Arts Award
Listen to the Original Score Podcast, an Indigenous perspective on music, hosted by Michael Begay and featuring NACAP apprentice composers.
American Public Media's "Performance
Today" shines a spotlight on NACAP.
Michael Begay (Navajo)
Trevor Reed (Hopi)
Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate (Chickasaw)
Brent Michael Davids (Mohican Nation)
Miró Quartet, 2001 NACAP Quartet-in-Residence
Corigliano Quartet, 2002 NACAP Quartet-in-Residence
Avalon Quartet, 2003 NACAP Quartet-in-Residence
Calder Quartet, 2004 NACAP Quartet-in-Residence
ETHEL, 2005-2015 NACAP Quartet-in-Residence
Catalyst Quartet, NACAP Quartet-in-Residence 2011-Present
Sweet Plantain, NACAP Quartet-in-Residence 2015-Present
NACAP Partner Schools
Our partners have included:
Navajo Nation Schools: Chinle High School, Whitehorse High School (Utah), Monument Valley High School in Kayenta, Grey Hills Academy, Tuba City High School, Tuba City Boarding School, Shiprock Associated Schools (New Mexico), Shonto Community School, Chilchinbeto Community School.
Hopi Nation Schools: Hopi High School, Second Mesa Day School, First Mesa Community School. Grand Canyon School, Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy.
In 2002, NACAP expanded its reach to Maricopa County through partnerships with the Heard Museum, to Scottsdale Community College and Salt River High School NACAP returned to Salt River from 2013 to 2019.