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Powell awarded SEMAC grant for composition


Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in All Education

This past Thursday, August 22, the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC), on the recommendation of their Board of Directors, awarded a series of individual artistic grants to applicants from all over the region.

One of the recipients included Mr. Lane Powell, from Harmony, Minn. Mr.Powell received a full $5000 grant from the McKnight Foundation. Lane is a composer of concert band music and is the Director of Bands at Fillmore Central Schools.

The grant proposal is unique in that it allows for Mr. Powell to compose a piece of concert band music that consists of themes based on Southeast Minnesota culture, geography, and history. Once composed, this piece will be electronically delivered free of charge to every school district in the SEMAC area. These school band directors will be able to prepare and program this piece of music at their spring concerts without any charge to their districts. This will be a piece about Southeast Minnesota, written by a Southeast Minnesota composer, being performed by students who live and learn in Southeast Minnesota!

Powell has written several pieces for concert band. These works have been published under the C.L. Barnhoue, and Powell Music labels.

He has also received commissions to compose pieces from bands in Illinois and Minnesota and his pieces have been purchased and performed by school bands in all of the lower 48 states.

The music for this grant project will be composed this fall and distributed to area schools in mid-winter. Powell would like to graciously thank the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council and the McKnight Foundation for this opportunity.

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