Special Projects

As part of our Community Connections program, we develop special creative projects with select nonprofit organizations or groups that demonstrate a high commitment to collaboration and belief that music can heal and bring about lasting change within a community. Through these special projects we seek to:

  • Create long-term partnerships in local communities.
  • Build bridges with diverse populations.
  • Involve people in music-making with Seattle Symphony musicians.
  • Continue to develop our own learning about how to connect with communities and with audiences.

​Native Lands Community Composition Project (NLCCP)

In the fall of 2012 we began this project as an experimental model for artistic collaboration between the Seattle Symphony and indigenous communities in and around the metropolitan region. In 2015 NLCCP will reach the final stage of a three-year initiative.

Accomplishments to date:

  • A series of cultural exchange events were held over parts of two years to facilitate sharing of traditions and ideas between six Pacific Northwest tribal groups and Symphony musicians and educators.
  • The Potlatch Symphony was created, consisting of members of the six Pacific Northwest tribal groups and musicians of the Seattle Symphony, performing together.
  • The world premiere performance of the Potlatch Symphony was presented as part of Seattle Symphony’s free Day of Music celebration at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Audience attendance was estimated at several hundred. It was led by Composer in Residence Janice Giteck.

​Lullaby Project

The Lullaby Project was designed by Carnegie Hall to offer mothers in distressed situations a unique opportunity to write a personal lullaby for their babies. Its broader purpose is to empower these mothers both as artists and as individuals.

There are 3 aspects to the project:

  • The creative workshop — gives mothers an opportunity to write letters to their children expressing their hopes, wishes and dreams for them. From these letters the teaching artists help pull out phrases and words that will become verses and melodies. They ask the women what kind of mood or style they want and the lullabies start to take shape. The creative workshop lasts approximately 6 hours.
  • The recording session — 2–4 weeks after the creative workshop, the teaching artists record the finished lullabies onto a CD. The mothers are invited to the recording session and are given the opportunity to record a personal dedication for their children.
  • The sharing session — the finished CDs are presented to the mothers as a keepsake and they get to hear their recorded lullabies for the first time. Teaching artists lead the mothers through a reflection time of sharing thoughts about the process and creation of their lullabies.

This season the Symphony is adding a live performance of the lullabies. This will take place the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend on May 9, 2015.

​Prison Projects

The Seattle Symphony is committed to expanding relationships with all members of our community, including those who are incarcerated.

Accomplishments to date: