The Defiant Requiem Foundation established The University Residency Project in early 2014 to provide grants of up to $25,000 to schools of music and music departments at outstanding academic institutions interested in bringing a performance of Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín and other Terezín related events to campus.
To date, six performances have been planned under the auspices of the Project in addition to a number of university performances presented before the Project’s inception. Along with a live performance of Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín, a screening of the documentary film Defiant Requiem, master classes, a chamber music performance of music composed in Terezín, and panel discussions are all events that can be planned to explore the role that music, in particular, and the arts and humanities, in general, played in sustaining the spirit of the prisoners.
A grant from The University Residency Project can be used to:
- Help cover the direct costs of presenting a performance that might not be accounted for in a school/department’s annual operating budget.
- Supplement the orchestra with professional instrumentalists or engage established vocal soloists.
- Pay for hall rental or audio-visual equipment and staffing.
Funding for The University Residency Project was provided by a generous grant from Gretchen M. Brooks.