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Inside the Orchestra for Schools is an immersive, interactive music education program geared toward students in K-8th grade. We take a 14-15 piece orchestra into schools and provide educational programs to schools that have depleted or non-existent music programs. The kids sit literally inside the orchestra as they are seated on the floor and surrounded by professional musicians. Our conductors are tour guides and educators throughout the program, teaching the kids about the music and instruments as the orchestra performs around them. The audience is treated to up-close-and-personal demos by the strings, woodwinds, horns and percussion. Scripting is designed to not only introduce music concepts, but to tie to curriculum that children are studying in other subjects. We prioritize high-need schools, with the vast majority of our school programs serving schools with a free/reduced lunch rate of over 80%. The school program has expanded in the last year to include bilingual programming as well, an area that will be further expanded in the 2016-17 season.
Family Concerts: Inside the Orchestra for Families is an engaging 50-minute performance created to get families and children of all ages “inside the orchestra”. Using a 15-17 piece orchestra, the family concerts incorporate components of our school and Tiny Tots programs, to introduce the family and the community to the world of Inside the Orchestra. They are offered free to the public, at various venues throughout the spring/summer months.
Soloist/Concerto: Inside the Orchestra proudly fosters young talent with our Concerto Program. Each season, young soloists perform with the orchestra during the concerts, demonstrating peer success to our young audiences. Students of piano and violin rigorously prepare a movement from a concerto by the Masters such as Haydn, Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart. The Concerto Program serves as a valuable launch pad for future performance opportunities, giving soloists experience, confidence and inspiration to pursue their talents.
Spark!: Inside the Orchestra partners with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide small group music programs to individual with dementia and their caregivers. These programs take place throughout Denver metro and are open to Spark! Participants only. The program involves performance by trios and quartets, interaction, and hands-on elements.
Sensory Friendly Concerts: Inside the Orchestra is partnering this season with the Autism Society to provide programs geared for children with sensory processing disorders. These programs will be starting in spring 2017 and will be announced online soon.
We ask for donations because the work that we do in the community would simply not be possible without the generosity of individual donors. Because of donations, we are able to keep our open door policy at Tiny Tots, which allows us to never turn anyone away and give thousands of tickets away each year. Donations also support our school program, which serves the highest-need schools in the Denver metro community.