Our Mission Listen Learn & Participate
Our ObjectivesSponsor and produce a series of concerts, dances, and workshops throughout the year.
Generate income to support our mission through a variety of methods, typically through ticket sales, grants, memberships, and donations.
Engage in partnerships at every opportunity, e.g., joint ventures with local entities.
Act as a musical arts consultant and a link between musical performers and educators and those seeking contact with them.
Use the Arrowhead Center for the Arts (ACA) as the primary venue for NSMA concerts.
Use volunteers effectively in the promotion and production of NSMA activities.
Our LegacyFor over 30 years, the NMSA has hosted live concerts, community dances, and educational programming for young and old. NSMA has hosted hundreds of musical artists—from local and regional virtuosos to internationally renowned and beloved icons. Just a few artist highlights from the past few years include:
Folk Peter Yarrow, Harpeth Rising
Blues Guy Davis, Shemekia Copeland
Country/Bluegrass GM Ole Opry, Bluegrass Masters weekend, Rosie Flores
Guitar Adrian Legg, Phil Heywood
Classical Borealis Chorale & Orchestra, The Parker Quartet, Minetti Quartett (Vienna)
World Music Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, McInnis' Kitchen
What Makes Us UniqueNSMA offers high-quality musical performances at comfortable, accessible venues where listeners are immersed in the experience without distractions. Our audience members tell us the connection they feel with artists onstage is both sensory and emotional—a joining of hearts and minds in joy, shared sorrow, and uplift that great music by generous souls can offer.
7pm Cantus: One Giant Leap
Hailed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare), men’s vocal ensemble Cantus is known for its trademark warmth and blend, innovative programming, and riveting performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The Washington Post has hailed the Cantus sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and refers to the “spontaneous grace” of its music making. The Philadelphia Inquirer called the group nothing short of “exquisite.”
In 2020, Cantus celebrates its 25th anniversary with One Giant Leap, a new program inspired by the celestial sky, the allure of upward exploration, the triumph of the human spirit, and the striving for excellence through innovation and technology. Structured around the moon landing and the groundwork that was laid to make this historic achievement possible, the poetic arc of the program includes works by Mohammed Fairouz, Franz Schubert, Kenneth Jennings, Byron Adams, David Bowie, Camille Saint-Saëns, Eriks Esenvalds, Z. Randall Stroope, and a piece originally commissioned for Cantus by Sarah Kirkland Snider.
Watch a video about One Giant Leap here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=89&v=Qeg62Uk59fg&feature=emb_logo