To enrich and enhance the quality of life for North Texas area residents, especially families and children, through FREE concerts of classical music and educational activities.
Fine Arts Chamber Players (FACP) was founded in 1981 by Rogene Russell and Charles Price, in collaboration with the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts at Fair Park. The FREE Basically Beethoven Festival began that year and quickly became known as Dallas’ premier summer chamber music festival. In 1984, the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts moved to its new home in the downtown Dallas Arts District and was renamed the Dallas Museum of Art. There, in the beautiful Horchow Auditorium, FACP began the Bancroft Family Concerts.
In 1989, FACP created an educational outreach program called Dream Collectors, a performing troupe of musicians and actors who integrate subjects such as dyslexia, character education, math and science into an interactive performance for children. Due to their overwhelming success and multiple requests by public school educators, FACP developed additional educational outreach programs such as Music A to Z, Masterclasses, and Music Residencies, all of which provide long- and short-term professional music instruction for children in all instruments, including voice. All FACP educational outreach programs are taught by professional teaching artists, are TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) compliant with State of Texas education mandates, and are offered completely FREE of charge to students and schools. To date, FACP has served 215,000 children with education programs and performed quality classical music for over 540,000 North Texas citizens – all completely free of charge.
FACP educational and organizational honors include:
Virginia Nick Arts in Education Award (TACA)
Arts and Education Award (Dallas Business Committee for the Arts)
Cultural Achievement Award (Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce)
Arts Award for Exemplary Arts Education (Texas Commission on the Arts)
Financial Excellence in Arts Award (City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs)
Grade Note Award (Irving Philharmonic)
Agency of the Year Award (Volunteer Center of North Texas).
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