|posted: 5/31/2004 at 2:40:11 PM ET|
Dear Colleagues, Fellow Educators and Orchestra Parents:
As a Professional Educator and Performing Musician for over 20 years I empathize with the dichotomy that is often present with String Orchestra Programs, CraneClassical Music Society is aware of the importance of music participation and performance from childhood on. However, we know that many local schools lack music instruction; some children are never exposed to classical music, and many parents lack the funds for kids’ regular private lessons or lessons at all. Yet, as youngsters who became life-long chamber music lovers, many of us have experienced the formative value of workshops and summer music camps first hand. We know that such programs improve our children's education and quality of life, develop self-esteem, social and leadership skills, and provide an experience now all too rare in public education due to music programs being over extended or cut out entirely with budget cuts to Fine Arts departments.
Many students lack the opportunity for private lessons, to attend classical chamber music concerts, or speak to professional musicians, but through the CCMS these children can meet world-class and professional artists as people like themselves, rather than distant icons on a stage. This can foster chamber music as an important life-long activity and perhaps even a viable professional goal. The impact may be not only heart-warming but potentially limitless!
These facts led us to initiate the CraneClassical Summer Music Program, an innovative and flexible summer workshop series for music students from the Greater Atlanta area schools. For many children chamber music via CCMS is a unique experience, providing individual coaching and the thrill of daily ensemble. We offer unique chamber music workshops and master classes dedicated to the pursuit of experience and excellence, which will culminate with allowing the young aspiring artists to perform with professional musicians in public concerts .
CCMS’s goal is to further the appreciation of chamber music in our community through education and outreach, as well as by presenting concerts. Each season will offer a variety of activities in addition to the regularly scheduled concerts. Activities may range from family concerts to pre-concert lectures to master classes and lecture/demonstrations. The public will be invited and encouraged to attend and participate in some events, while certain schools are targeted for others.
We are committed to bringing multi-cultural and educationally diverse activities to the community in the form of master classes, presentations in schools and special events such as the "Summer Strings Spectacular ‘04” . Nurturing the growth of the CCMS Scholarship Fund to insure the continuity and future growth of our mentoring and outreach programs is our priority. By establishing mentoring partnerships, we hope to enhance music education received by our youths in their individual schools by providing instruments and subsidized tutoring for young musicians who might otherwise not have the opportunity to participate in music programs.
Best Wishes for Success:
Adam Crane - Artistic Director
CraneClassical Music Society
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