Thursday, October 15, 2009

Auditions for city-wide string orchestra

BPS is piloting some new citywide music programs for students. Most of the programs, including a citywide chorus and marching band, appear to be geared more toward middle schoolers and high schoolers. But a new string orchestra, cosponsored by the Suzuki Institute of Boston and VH1 Save the Music, doesn't give an age limit (if you're interested, you might want to doublecheck this). The flier just says that the student needs to have been playing the instrument for at least a year. On Oct. 17, they'll be holding auditions for violin, viola, cello, and bass.

A Boston Foundation report earlier this year found that arts education varied widely across Boston public schools.

While I was poking around the BPS Arts website, I found mention of several local music teachers who've won awards in the past year:
  • Martha Watson, music teacher at the Beethoven elementary, was among those who won the BPS Teacher of the Year Award in June.
  • Rosalba Solis, music teacher at the Hernandez school, won the 2009 Dennis Wrenn Distinguished Music Educator's Award.

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