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Jan Boland John Dowdall Music for KidsRed Cedar Chamber Music is dedicated to bringing music to underserved populations when and where they normally meet. Red Cedar musicians perform nearly 100 educational events each season. Red Cedar Chamber Music’s educational programming is presented in partnership with the City of Marion, the Marion School District, the Cedar Rapids School District.

Red Cedar Chamber Music is a multi-year recipient of a Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Program Grant with funding provided by the Chamber Music America Residency Endowment Fund.

During the first 20 years of Red Cedar’s history, funds were provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, AEGON Transamerica Foundation, the James & Norma Jean Rosborough Foundation, the Giacoletto Foundation, Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, Farmers State Bank, the Marion School Foundation, the City of Marion, the William P. and Gayle M. Whipple Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, and Nancy Miller.

Music for Kids:  Educational events in individual classrooms for grades K-12.  Projects are tied to existing curriculum and classroom goals

Music in Libraries:  For extended families in Eastern Iowa. Brings family-friendly concerts to libraries in Linn County, Iowa. Attracts extended families, home schooled children, preschoolers, library patrons on a Saturday afternoon.

Music for Seniors: Brings interactive music events to senior citizens when and where they normally meet. Senior citizens often cannot go out at night to a traditional concert setting, so we go to them during the daytime hours, often at senior residential facilities.

Chamber Music Now!   For exceptionally talented young musicians _ to work in concert with professionals. Gives talented high school and college students the opportunity to make music as peers with professional musicians. After a series of intense rehearsals, performances are given in libraries and schools.

Production Floor Performances:  For workers in offices and factories. Workers gather in the lobby for a noon- time concert, or simply leave the doors of their offices open to let the sound waft up three stories.

What is the public response?

. . .This is only my second non-rock concert, but I really enjoyed it!

FROM KIDS. . .. . .
. . .I learned to pluck, pick and strum. Thanks for coming to my school.
. . .Thank you for your little musical. I have heard of Mozart.
. . .I enjoyed the concert. Me and my friend was laughen at the love song.

. . . My 3-year old loved it and her attention “drift” was almost zero. Excellent!
. . . They did a wonderful job of making the instruments come alive for the children.



A child closes the holes of Jan’s flute and students show us if the results create tones that are higher or lower. Jan Boland (flute) and John Dowdall (guitar) in an event for 3rd-graders in Mr. Tompsen’s music classroom in the Marion School District.

Jan Boland, John Dowdall, David Miller, Tim Shiu, Loretta O'Sullivan

Tim Shiu, Jan Boland, John Dowdall, Loretta O’Sullivan, David Miller. Chamber musicians perform in the lobby of the corporate headquarters of Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, IA.


Chamber Music Now student string players, Joanna Cochenet & Andrew Stern

Jan Boland

Seniors enjoy an up-close discussion with the musicians at the interval of a Music for Seniors concert.

Music in Libraries. Jan Boland, John Dowdall, Carey Bostian – Marion, IA. Photo courtesy Marion Times.

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