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Orchestra at Work

Orchestra at Work

Educational Programming

One of the greatest gifts a professional orchestra can give a community is a strong education program, particularly as music education is increasingly being cut from school budgets. Our educational program was conceived to answer the question: “How does an orchestra work?” This program offers students the opportunity to observe both the artistic and practical considerations that guide the rehearsal process.

Students experience first-hand the conversation between the conductor and musicians via lapel microphone and from their seats onstage among the musicians, allowing students close observation of what is asked of the musicians and how they respond. Students are immersed in the musical process and gain an understanding of each piece.

As part of each Orchestra at Work presentation we encourage the students to attend the upcoming concert at a discounted rate. If the discounted rate is still an obstacle we will work with the teacher to identify students and families that may benefit from a gift voucher. We do this so that the educational process is complete from start to finish – they have the opportunity to see the professional culmination of the rehearsal effort. For many students it may be their first experience at a classical music performance, or any live performing arts event. We strive to inspire them to stay involved with music, make it a part of their lives, and consider themselves patrons of the arts.

The director of Pierce College – Puyallup’s music programs, Kenneth Owen, D.M.A., had this to say about the program: “Having the Northwest Sinfonietta at Pierce College gave students an incredible opportunity to see the fine arts happen in person, and in our community. Students in Humanities classes were able to see what they are learning about first hand at the highest level. Music students had an invaluable chance to observe a rehearsal on that level and to speak with professional musicians about what they do, and what is expected of them.”

If you are interested in scheduling a field trip for your music, arts, and humanities students to attend one of our rehearsals in Seattle, Tacoma, or Puyallup, please contact the office at 253-383-5344 or email office@nwsinfonietta.org. Grades 4-12 and collegiate classes are welcome from both public and private institutions.

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