2015 Music Discovery Experience reached 5,000+ Students
More than 5,000 students discovered the sights and sounds of symphonic music with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra: Students and families traveled from as far as Delaware and Maryland to participate!
Each spring, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra’s Community Engagement and Music Education Program presents a series of free, live concerts designed especially for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders from area public and private schools, as well as homeschoolers, called the Music Discovery Concerts for Children. The concert program is designed to entertain and educate children at a critical time in the development and set them on a path to a lifelong love of music. A full complement of online classroom resources and videos are provided to educators free of charge to support advanced preparation in the classroom and at home.
In order to meet demand for this popular program, the performance schedule was expanded to four concerts over two days at two locations. Concerts were held on May 26, 2015, at McCaskey High School and on May 27, 2015, at Lancaster Bible College. Registration closed three weeks prior to the deadline due to continually increasing demand for professional, live music and music education experiences for students.
One of the highlights of the Music Discovery Concerts featured Ami Hatori, who performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1, movement 3. Ami, an eighth–grader at Conestoga Middle School is the first-place winner of the Instrumental Music Competition sponsored by the Women’s Symphony Association and the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra.
- 5,226 students experienced the Music Discovery Experience Concerts on May 26 and 27. This is by far the most we have ever served and represents an overall 20% increase over 2014.
- Total registration for Day 2 of Music Discovery at the Bible College was up a whopping 35% over last year.
- Students and families travelled from a wide region of southeast Pennsylvania to attend the free concerts, including a few from Delaware and Maryland.
Instrument Petting Zoos
In the days leading up to and following these concerts, instrument petting zoos are presented in schools to hundreds of 3rd graders who attend the performances. At these interactive events, students see and hear a brief demonstration of the instruments. Then professional teaching musicians help students try out several instruments to see which one they like best. Ten petting zoos, up from 8 petting zoos in the prior year, were held in the School District of Lancaster and Columbia Borough School District during the final week of May. We were especially pleased to offer a petting zoo for the first time at Carter and MacRae Elementary in the School District of Lancaster, one of the District’s most underserved schools.
Gift of Music Program
In the fall, students who cannot afford to buy or rent instruments may borrow them through the Symphony's Gift of Music program. The Symphony collects, repairs, refurbishes, and lends nearly 150 gently used instruments to public, private, and home schools students who otherwise would not be able to participate in school bands and orchestras.
The Lancaster Symphony is changing lives through the power of music, and the demand for the unique blend of performance and programming we provide is growing each and every year.
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