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Rebecca Nussbaum, Open Dream Ensemble Manager, Receives Arts Council Award

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (October 16, 2012) – The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) is delighted to announce that Rebecca Nussbaum, founding member and general manager of the Open Dream Ensemble, received the R. Philip Hanes Jr. Young Leader Award. The award was announced at the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County’s Annual Meeting on October 10, 2012.

 The R. Philip Hanes Jr. Young Leader Award is given each year by the Arts Council to a person 40 years of age or younger who has exemplified volunteer dedication, contributions and leadership. Nussbaum received the award because she, as stated on the Arts Council website, “has spent countless hours teaching youth the importance of responsibility, learning, teamwork, determination and imagination. She is a Fellow for the A+ Schools Program, a role she has filled since 2008. In addition to her work with the Open Dream Ensemble and A+, she is a teaching artist and performer.”

 “Rebecca was an excellent choice for this award,” said Lynda Lotich, interim director of the Kenan Institute for the Arts. “She is a creative, energetic and highly successful administrator and educator. We couldn’t be more thrilled that her efforts have been so justly rewarded.”

 Nussbaum is an administrator, educator and flutist.  She received her Bachelor of Music degree from UNCSA and Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland. She has been a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Opera Festival of New Jersey and the Amarillo Symphony. Nussbaum has performed solo and chamber music recitals in a variety of venues including the Japanese Embassy, the Arts Club of D.C. and the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 2002, the ensemble Origins, which she co-founded, won the National Flute Association Chamber Music Competition. She has been a teacher and chamber music coach for more than fifteen years. In 2004, with the generous sponsorship of the Kenan Institute for the Arts, she was able to bring her love of performance and education together through researching, designing and developing the Open Dream Ensemble.  Nussbaum is also a fellow for the A+ Schools Program, where she assists in instructing professional development sessions on arts integration for teachers and artists. 

 The Open Dream Ensemble is a professional outreach program of UNCSA in Winston-Salem and is comprised of professional artists who trained in dance, drama, and music at UNCSA. Using the diverse skills of its cast, Open Dream Ensemble presents original performances to school children throughout the Southeast. Open Dream combines the power of live performances with artist residencies and educational workshops, aligning the content with current school curriculum. More information on the Open Dream Ensemble is available at or by calling (336) 782-7837. 

 The Open Dream Ensemble is a project of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at UNCSA, which incubates projects that sustain artists at every point in their creative development through strategic partnerships that capitalize on visionary thinking in the arts. For more information, visit (

 As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit


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