BSO OrchKids Program Presents Workshop, “Community Engagement Through Music Education,” April 13

Over the past five years, the El Sistema movement in the United States has grown significantly, with a promise and excitement of changing the lives of young people most in need. Under the leadership of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and BSO Music Director Marin Alsop, OrchKids, the BSO’s youth music education program in West Baltimore schools, has been a model for other orchestras, school systems and organizations. Now in its third year, the program enrolls more than 250 students, in two community locations, and has been recognized by national media such as PBS, NPR, Symphony Magazine, and CBS’s Sixty Minutes. In an effort to encourage the creation of other El Sistema-based programs throughout the country and provide proven information and strategic guidelines for success, the BSO will present “Community Engagement through Music Education,” (CEME) a one-day workshop on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, Maryland. Fee for the one-day workshop is $150.00; reservations are required by March 31. For additional information on registration and hotel accommodations, contact OrchKids Administrative Director Cheryl Goodman at cgoodman@bsomusic.org or 410.783.8025.

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