SBSO and the Fischoff Announce New Partnership

SOUTH BEND, IN (April 4, 2012) - This year, the new partnership between the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra will reach more talented area high school musicians, giving them an opportunity to be mentored and perform with professional musicians, including members of the South Bend Symphony. 

If you are a member of an ensemble that participated in the Fischoff’s Mentoring Project this year, your ensemble is eligible to participate at the Donald A. Dake Summer Music Academy, without submitting an audition CD or tape.  
Fischoff’s Mentoring Project provides an opportunity for regional high school chamber ensembles to receive coaching by professional area musicians at no charge throughout the academic year. Each year, ensembles from Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan participate in coaching sessions and a public recital, as well as perform for service organizations and community events. To download an application and learn more, visit and click on the education link.

The Donald A. Dake Summer Chamber Music Academy is designed to challenge high school students (grades 9 thru 12) who are advanced musicians that play a wind, brass, or string instrument or piano. Students will be coached by musicians from the South Bend Symphony. The week-long academy, June 24 – 29th, 2012,  is held at Saint Mary’s College and includes individual and group instruction, participation in the Academy Orchestra, master classes, public performances, and a community outreach tour.   The tuition is $150.00 per student.

Additionally, a conducting seminar is offered to select students. This unique opportunity gives students a chance to learn how to conduct from the South Bend Symphony’s own Maestro Tsung Yeh. Students will put into practice what they learn by conducting a faculty ensemble. The deadline for applications is April 20, 2012 at 5pm to the South Bend Symphony office at 127 N. Michigan Street, South Bend, IN  46601.   An application can be found on the South Bend Symphony Orchestra web site.

The Donald A. Dake Summer Chamber Music Academy is sponsored by the Donald A. Dake Family and the Georgina Joshi Foundation, Inc.

Fischoff’s Mentoring Project is sponsored by The ArtsEverywhere Initiative of the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County and The Elnora Hartman Stickley Scholarship Fund.