Music Department

Kaplan Project

Kaplan Commissioning Project

Saint Mary’s University Concert Band

In 1998, the Helen and Sam Kaplan Foundation provided Saint Mary’s University with a gift to create an ongoing Jewish cultural exchange. Since then, approximately every two years (the first premiere in 2000) the Saint Mary’s Concert Band has commissioned a work by a Jewish composer based on Jewish thematic materials. The selected composer spends four to six days in residency working with the ensemble, presenting in classes and meeting individually with students interested in music composition during the week of the premiere.