Cappella Romana to Receive $15,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

San Francisco, Calif.—National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019.

Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $15,000 to Cappella Romana to support its ongoing concert series in San Francisco. 

In 2018-19, Cappella Romana launched a new series of concerts in San Francisco, supported in part by an NEA Art Works grant. Following the success of that series and single concerts there in prior years, Cappella Romana will continue to increase its impact in San Francisco by producing a new series of three concert programs there in 2019-20. 

“We are grateful to the NEA for its generous support and endorsement of our work,” says Mark Powell, executive director of Cappella Romana. “This grant supports what Cappella Romana can uniquely contribute to further diversify and enrich the musical and cultural ecology of the Bay Area.”

These performances for the general public will be produced in partnership with St. Ignatius Church (on the campus of the University of San Francisco), one of the city’s most notable venues for choral music. 

Led by music director Alexander Lingas, the 2019-20 series will feature music for which Cappella Romana has been critically acclaimed over its 28-year history, both in concert and on recording: Byzantine chant, Slavic choral works, and new music inspired by these traditions. The performances will be accompanied by pre-concert talks, with audience participation, to deepen the audience experience.

CONTACT: Mark Powell, Executive Director, 503-236-8202


Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking, and will award 977 grants in this category. 

“These awards, reaching every corner of the United States, are a testament to the artistic richness and diversity in our country,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Organizations such as Cappella Romana are giving people in their community the opportunity to learn, create, and be inspired.”

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