Friday’s (2/13) Standard-Times (San Angelo, Texas) includes an unsigned article about the San Angelo Symphony’s education programs. “A long-standing educational offering, the Symphony’s ‘Traveling Trunks’ are large chests that journey into elementary classrooms filled with tactile music items [including] instruments, books, games, puzzles, writing topics and curriculum lessons for teachers. Schools keep the trunks for six weeks…. ‘Know the Score’ … invites [middle school, high school, and college] students into the concert hall for selected final rehearsals to observe a professional ensemble rehearse and interact with the maestro and select musicians.… Entering its 30th year, the Symphony’s beloved Youth Concert continues to welcome third- through fifth-graders.… Weaving together classical and popular music with a child-friendly format, the concert also ties in with core academic subjects.… The ‘Music in Literature’ program, for kindergartners through fifth-graders … pairs elementary schools and professional musicians…. The program [weaves] music into the curriculum…. Books included in the program explore such subjects as cultural music, the life of a composer or musician and diversity while offering themes such as overcoming odds, friendship, ethnicity, values and hard work.” The article also covers the orchestra’s health and wellness programs at care facilities, senior centers, and hospitals.

Posted February 17, 2015