The Colorado Council on the Arts awarded a $9,750 grant to the Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestra for 2008. The CCA grant supports "Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth." The Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestra produces several concerts, including free children's concerts, during the festival's run in June and early July each year. About 300 of the top music students from around the world vie for a spot in the 47-person orchestra each year. Under the music direction of Susan Grace, Colorado College artist in residence and lecturer, the orchestra students work closely with acclaimed professional chamber musicians and present concerts to the public.