For its Transcendence Education Project, the Miró Quartet asked: How has musical transcendence played a part in their lives or the lives of someone they care about?
For one respondent, we offered a complimentary visit to their program or school including a masterclass, a short concert, and a Q&A. Anyone associated with the music program could enter by submitting a 30-second video to www.facebook.com/TheMiroQuarte... answering the question above. Transcendence can mean exceeding usual limits, extending or lying beyond the limits of ordinary experience and being beyond comprehension.
In November we were excited to announce the winner of the Miró Transcendence Education Project: Fox Chapel Area High School Orchestra in the City of Pittsburgh! Their winning video submission came from students under the instruction of music director and Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, Mairi Cooper - PA ToY 2015, who has transcended the limitations of what people think is possible within the public school system, and allowing students to transcend themselves.
Our visit in March was astonishing! The music students at Fox Chapel Area High School demonstrated a palpable love, passion and dedication to their art that was unmatched and embodied what a great music educator can do for their community. It was a truly Transcendent and incredibly inspiring visit! Thanks to everyone involved!
Miró Transcendence Education Project
In September 2015, Miró announced the “Miró Transcendence Education Project”—a contest to give away a visit to one lucky music lover including a masterclass, a short concert, and a Q&A with the Miró Quartet. www.miroquartet.com/educationproject - Anyone associated with a music program was invited to enter by submitting a 30-second video to the Quartet's Facebook page describing or showing how musical transcendence has played a part in their lives or the lives of someone they care about. And enter they did, with finalists hailing from Alaska, Washington State, Arizona, and California.
The winner/finalists educators and students will also get complimentary copies of the Miró Quartet’s digital catalogue including Transcendence, and their official string brand Thomastik-Infeld Strings will Fox Chapel Area High School Orchestra a Thomastik-Infeld String Set of Choice.
About Fox Chapel Area School District and Music Department
The Fox Chapel Area School District is a nationally recognized, award-winning school district that produces high achievement in students, with a motivated and professional faculty and an involved and caring administration. The district is located in a dynamic, suburban community about 12 miles northeast of downtown Pittsburgh. The Fox Chapel Area School District was also named among the 2014, 2013, and 2012 "Best Communities for Music Education" and the 2005 "Best 100 Communities for Music Education in America."
About the Miró Quartet
Established, innovative and cutting-edge, the Miró Quartet breaks the traditional chamber music mold and makes classical music lovers everywhere stop and take notice. Based in Austin, Texas, the quartet formed in 1995 and has served as the quartet-in-residence of the University of Texas at Austin Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music since 2003. Comprised of Daniel Ching (violinist), William Fedkenheuer (violinist), John Largess (violist), and Joshua Gindele (cellist), the Miró Quartet performs its deeply musical interpretations on important chamber music series and prestigious concert stages around the world each year. In the 2015- 16 season, the quartet is taking its musical destiny to another level with the release of their Transcendence trans- media project, poised to bring classical music to the masses using a variety of modern methods more common in other music genres. Available on a global scale, the works of Miró Quartet can be found on Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube and more. Visit the Miró Quartet website for more information.