The first Boys & Girls Club built in Indian Country in Pine Ridge, South Dakota turns 20 this year. Hundreds of people showed up to celebrate at an anniversary party at the Club last week. At the party, a performing arts group from the Club performed an interpretive dance and guests listened to speeches from club alumni, board members and other community leaders.
The New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program gives 72 students from six New York area schools a chance to compose their own music and learn the rudimentary elements of composition, musical notation and the orchestra. One student, 10-year-old Milo Poniewozik expanded a quintet he wrote last year so it can be played by the entire Philharmonic. Milo told NPR
that he was nervous but the experience was “really cool.” Listen to Milo’s piece online
Afterschool students at T.C. Miller Elementary School’s 21st Century Community Learning Center program painted a wood sculpture that will be housed for five months at the Fifth Street roundabout in Lynchburg. The 20 third, fourth and fifth grade students worked with artist Michael Twery to paint and assemble 13 wooden sculptures in all.
What started as an afterschool program to target times when kids could get in trouble after the school day ends has evolved into a year-round, free school music program for underserved students in Baltimore. Last week OrchKids hosted soldier-musicians from the Fort Meade U.S. Army Field Band at a five-day workshop at Lockerman Bundy Elementary School in West Baltimore. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Manager Nick Skinner told The Capital, “Giving a child the gift to play an instrument is a gift of a lifetime. And what that can do to transform a child’s life is just a very powerful thing.”