Akropolis Reed Quintet Educator Award Residency

Akropolis Reed Quintet was selected as the winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award, which recognizes the educational outreach work of Fischoff Competition alumni who have demonstrated outstanding and imaginative programming for children and youth in the United States while maintaining professional careers in chamber music. Akropolis won the 2014 Fischoff Competition's Senior Wind Division Gold Medal.

Wholly committed to reaching out and fortifying the next generation of music mavericks, Akropolis created their 2013 Fall Education Tour, funded by over $5,000 raised by a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign. Ranging from interactive melody games for elementary students, master classes for middle and high school ensembles, and composer forums and business workshops for college musicians, Akropolis harnesses its creativity, energy, and versatality to make music a personal and lasting experience for all students.

Akropolis Quintet will present several S.A.M. I Am (Stories & Music), the flagship program of Fischoff's Arts-in-Education residencies. These programs reinforce the importance of reading through the power of music. S.A.M. I Am programs allow children, ages 5-10, to hear books transformed with flair and imagination. The programs integrate music with literacy, storytelling and drama. Akropolis will use props and their instruments to represent characters, themes, and moods from the story. A special creative writing contest is being added to challenge the participating 3rd graders. A winner from each school will be recognized and the Akropolis Quintet will read the winning story.


March 23John Young Middle School, Mishawaka, INWind & String Workshop
March 24Elm Road Elementary School, Mishawaka, INS.A.M. I Am Program & Writing Contest
 St. Adelberts Elementary School, South Bend, INS.A.M. I Am Program & Writing Contest
 Notre Dame Orchestra, University of Notre DameReed Workshop
March 25Harrison Primary, South Bend, INS.A.M. I Am Program & Writing Contest
 Swanson Primary, South Bend, INS.A.M. I Am Program & Writing Contest
 Christ the King School, South Bend, INBand Workshop
March 26Darden Primary, South Bend, INS.A.M. I Am Program & Writing Contest
 LaSalle Academy, South Bend, INBand Workshop
 Robinson Community Learning Center, South Bend, INS.A.M. I Am Program