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Leonard Bernstein and his wife Felicia Montealegre with Russian author Boris Pasternak at a small table in Pasternak's apartment
Arguably one of the most influential figures in American classical music, Leonard Bernstein was one of the first U.S.-born, U.S.-trained music directors of the New York Philharmonic, the nation's oldest...
Ming Luke on the right conducting young students
According to Berkeley Symphony Orchestra Education Director Ming Luke, the mission of the orchestra's Music Education Program, a collaboration with the Berkeley (California) School District, "is for every single student...
Lee Konitz playing saxophone in performance 
More than 20 NEA Jazz Masters assembled in New York City on October 17, 2008, to celebrate the 2009 class of NEA Jazz Masters: vocalist and guitarist George Benson, drummer...
Full orchestra on stage in performance with singer performing by the conductor
Lyndon Baines Johnson served as president of the United States during a time of cataclysmic change. Sworn in hours after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Johnson went on to...
Members of the chorus all in dark suits and red ties sitting casually in front-row auditorium seats
For a vocal ensemble like Cantus, recording an album serves many purposes. There's the exposure on classical music radio stations, the opportunity to sell CDs while out on tour, and...
Bobby Watson playing saxophone to a student class
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, located in Washington, DC, in 2007 began The Blues and Jazz program, which presents two-week educational tours for public school students. This past year,...
Young actor in Cupid costume flying through the air with adult singer singing in the background
Each year, the NEA helps fund the premieres of roughly a dozen new operas. In 2007, however, the Arts Endowment supported a rather unique debut -- the North American premiere...
Large projection of John Adams behind the student orchestra performing on stage
Twenty-six-year-old Katherine Bormann has been playing violin since age four, but she never dreamed she would one day take lessons with composer John Adams, conductor Emmanuelle Haim, and violinist Christian...
The full orchestra on stage
Given that founding members of the NEA's National Council on the Arts included Marian Anderson, Leonard Bernstein, and Duke Ellington, it's not surprising that the NEA has a strong tradition...
Photo of Wayne Brown
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has been assisting the music field in America for more than 40 years, and has witnessed the evolution of a dynamic musical landscape...

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