Symphony of the Hills Children’s Outreach
Our presenters, Darian Thomas, Patty Fagan Miller, Jonathan Raveneau and Josh Younke, all members of our Symphony of the Hills orchestra and accomplished musicians and teachers, engaged students with an engaging, interactive, vibrant in-school presentation. This program not only reinforced the music content of the Children’s Concerts but also gave the children a familiarity with the instruments they would see in the orchestra, experience with the power of musical storytelling, and encouragement to pursue their own talents through hard work and higher education. Preparing the students for the Children’s Concerts translates to enhanced enjoyment of classical symphony music and fosters an interest in learning to play a musical instrument in the school’s band and/or orchestra programs.
Two free, one hour symphony concerts were presented in the beautiful Cailloux Theater for 1,600 area 3rd and 4th grade students on October 6, 2016. Before each of the concerts, members of the orchestra engaged the students in discussions as well as up-close and personal demonstrations of most of the symphonic instruments.
Photography by Jeff Sirianni
Children’s Outreach Program
In the weeks preceding their attending the free children’s concerts at the Cailloux Theater, about 20 assembly programs were scheduled at participating schools by orchestra members to help prepare the children to fully enjoy their experience. All participating schools are provided with curriculum materials that meet Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and aid music teachers in preparing their students to enjoy the performances at the Cailloux Theater.
Children’s Outreach Sponsors