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The Philadelphia Orchestra Celebrates “National Arts in Education Week” Announcing Robust Educational Offerings for 2018-19 Season

September 7, 2018

(Philadelphia, September 7, 2018)—In celebration of “National Arts in Education Week,” The Philadelphia Orchestra is sharing a lineup of educational offerings available to teachers and students in the Greater Philadelphia region for the 2018-19 season. All part of the Orchestra’s HEAR initiative, these programs aim to transform the lives of young Philadelphians through music, providing immersive experiences for students with top music educators including Philadelphia Orchestra musicians, and developing the next generation of music-makers. The HEAR initiative is a portfolio of programs that promotes Health, champions music Education, eliminates barriers to Accessing the Orchestra, and maximizes impact through Research.

“A commitment to arts education is part of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s DNA,” said Dr. Michael Albaugh, the Orchestra’s director of collaborative learning. “It is paramount to our mission to provide the resources, experiences, and support necessary to help the next generation of musicians and music lovers continue to grow and thrive.”

With six core programs and additional events throughout the season, such as master classes with visiting guest artists and side-by-side rehearsals, The Philadelphia Orchestra will connect with students through the shared language of music. The following offerings are available throughout the season to teachers and students in the Greater Philadelphia region. Those interested in any individual initiative may contact the Orchestra’s Education office at HEAR@philorch.org.

  • School Concerts

            Available to: students grades 3-5

            Dates: November 27 and 28, and March 19 and 20

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s School Concerts are the ideal way to expose students in grades 3-5 to the exciting and powerful art form of orchestral music. School concerts familiarize students with the environment and traditions of a concert hall, equip them with fundamental musical vocabulary, and cultivate a lifelong interest in classical music. School Concerts are tailored to align with the interactive and engaging Link Up curriculum developed by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. This curriculum places a strong emphasis on student participation: students learn to sing and play an instrument in the classroom and then perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra from their seats at a culminating School Concert in Verizon Hall. The 2018-19 program, The Orchestra Moves, is a thrilling way for students to explore how music moves—both rhythmically and motivically—and how it makes us want to move our bodies. Tickets are available at www.philorch.org/school-concerts.

Cost: Tickets are $8 per student, teacher, and chaperone for private, regional, and home schools. Tickets and busing are free for School District of Philadelphia schools through the Billy Joel School Concert Program.

  • PlayINs

           Available to: musicians of all ages and skill levels

           Dates: October 13 (Organ and Brass PlayIN), October 27 (Harp PlayIN), additional dates TBA

Musicians of all ages across a range of musical abilities are invited to join the Fabulous Philadelphians onstage during PlayINs, a shared music-making event that will excite and inspire. Participants are encouraged to share their experience before, during, and after the event using social media (#PhilOrchPlayIN). PlayINs are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit www.philorch.org/playin-philadelphia-orchestra.

In collaboration with the Lyra Society, harpists and harp enthusiasts from around the region are invited to celebrate the harp through master classes and a special Harp PlayIN with special guests Susann McDonald and Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Harp Elizabeth Hainen. For more information about master classes, visit www.lyrasociety.org. Free registration to the Harp PlayIN is available at www.philorch.org/education.

Cost: FREE

  • Open Rehearsals

           Available to: middle and high school students

           Dates: October 18, February 7 and 21, March 7, May 2

Students observe first-hand the artistic collaboration between world-class musicians and conductors during Open Rehearsals for Students. Open Rehearsals are supported by the Annenberg Foundation. For more information, visit www.philorch.org/open-rehearsal-students.

Cost: FREE

  • School Partnership Program

           Available to: students grades 2-5 at the Gesu School and the John Moffet School

           Dates: ongoing

Through the School Partnership Program, the Orchestra cultivates students’ knowledge and love of orchestral music, develops students’ perceptive and creative skills, and helps parents and teachers bring classical music into their homes and classrooms. Orchestra musicians visit each school annually, providing participating students with the opportunity to engage with musicians who they will see onstage in Verizon Hall. To learn more, visit www.philorch.org/school-partnership-program.

Cost: FREE for students enrolled at the Gesu School or the John Moffet School

  • School Ensemble Program

           Available to: students enrolled in KIPP

           Dates: ongoing

The Orchestra has partnered with the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) to provide the School Ensemble Program, a new model of intensive, ensemble-based music instruction created and delivered by Philadelphia Orchestra teaching artists and musicians, serving students from under-represented and “high-need” communities.

Cost: FREE for students enrolled in KIPP

  • Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition

           Available to: students up to 29 years old

           Dates: Spring 2019

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition is dedicated to fostering and recognizing extraordinary young talent in the Greater Philadelphia region. The Competition is open to all accomplished young instrumentalists, pianists, and vocalists who reside in or study with a teacher in the Greater Philadelphia area. Divided into categories by age, the young musicians compete against a standard of excellence in recorded preliminary and live final rounds and are evaluated on the following merits: exceptional talent, virtuosity, artistic individuality, and comportment as a performer. For more information, visit www.philorch.org/albert-m-greenfield-student-competition.

Cost: $45 application fee

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