Advocacy Through Art Song (Eastman NOTES Magazine: Sarah Forestieri)

“The Lynx Project is an art song initiative created by co-founders soprano, Caitleen Kahn, and mezzo-soprano, Megan Moore in 2015 after completing their graduate degrees at Eastman. Together with Eastman alumni Steven Humes and Florence Mak, they form the Lynx Project; an ensemble with the goal of bringing the incredible world of art song to a wider audience through intimate and inclusive performances and an exploration of the boundaries of traditional recital form.”

Caitleen Kahn
Let’s Celebrate Our Children’s Artistic Talents! (The Rockaway Times: Kami-Leigh Agard)

“My how time flies. Just last May, I introduced readers to the Lynx Project, a nonprofit art song initiative whose mission is to build community through innovative song programming and educational initiatives, and to provide a platform for every voice to be heard. One of those voices is our autism community, and as promised, they will be here in Rockaway on Saturday, April 27 at the Rockaway Artists Alliance studio. Not only will they be performing, but our children on the autism spectrum will get to showcase their music, art and culinary skills. Details to come!”

Caitleen Kahn
The Story Behind the Poem (The Leaf: Kirsten Thomas)

“The Lynx Project’s Autism Advocacy Project performance took place at SHS on Sat., March 2.

Youth with Autism in the Cincinnati area wrote poems for this performance which were then composed and performed on Saturday.

Kenta Mignot, a seventh-grader at Sycamore Junior High, was one of the youth who had the opportunity to write a poem for the performance”

Caitleen Kahn
The Lynx Project (Braindroplets: Tulika Prassad)

“I entered a basement and found myself in front of a motley group of people sitting around a table, introducing themselves. Some composers, some singers , some lyricists and a few parents. To an onlooker it was just another meet and greet but what set this one apart was the fact that the songs were written by non-verbal autistic kids who sat at the table, at par, with the rest of the team – not left out, not left ignored. This was about them. This was the Lynx Project.”

Caitleen Kahn
Pairing Non-Verbal Voices to Opera? (The Rockaway Times: Kami-Leigh Agard)

“Readers, I promise you, when you check out this documentary by the Lynx Project (vimeo.com/249943807), tears will come to your eyes. In disbelief, I watched it over and over again, riveted by the prowess of these nonverbal songwriters with autism who expressed so much within by simply tapping the letters of songs they authored themselves. Their words, complemented with the sonorous operatic voices, pulled at my heart, while my daughter, Soanirina (aka Soa) miraculously also sat still…”"

Caitleen Kahn
Lakota graduate, current student partner on Autism Advocacy Project (Journal News: Lisa Knodel)

WEST CHESTER TWP. — Lakota West graduate Megan McGill Moore and her nonprofit Lynx Project are partnering with a current Lakota student to raise awareness for autism.

Moore is working to bring two special performances to the Cincinnati area in 2017 — a sensory-friendly concert tailored to families who have children with autism and another for the general public.

Caitleen Kahn
Art Song Initiative Commissions Texts By Children With Autism (Schmopera: Jenna Simeonov)

“Lynx Project, an art song initiative, is thrilled to announce their 2017 Autism Advocacy Project. A team of five composers, Joel David Balzun, Emily Cooley, Juliana Hall, Aristéa Mellos, and Travis Reynolds, will set the words of four young men to music. What makes this collaboration unique is that these writers, between ages 12-17, have autism and are primarily non-verbal.”

Caitleen Kahn
Lynx Project: On the Road With Art Song (Schmopera: Jenna Simeonov)

“When I’ve asked singers in the past about the difference between singing in an opera and singing a recital, the most common answer I get is that recitals are terrifying.

Of course, it has to do with having no “stage aids” like sets, costumes, far distances, etc. In recital, it’s just a singer and his or her voice. It has a lot to do with the repertoire, too. “

Caitleen Kahn