Kids’ Orchestra Expands to Baker – One Step Closer to Enriching All Children of Louisiana

Kids’ Orchestra Expands to Baker – One Step Closer to Enriching All Children of Louisiana

Baker, LA (August 3, 2018) – Starting this fall, Kids’ Orchestra is expanding into Baker, launching a new site at Park Ridge Academic Magnet School (PRAMS). At Kids’ Orchestra, every school partner has different needs, we strive to create programming that can be tailored to fit every school’s needs while maintaining the high quality of musical training and enrichment that Kids’ Orchestra is known for.  PRAMS will be a part of Kids’ Orchestra’s traditional program model. Kids’ Orchestra will offer two foundations classes for K-1 students. The foundations classes emphasize creativity and play through general music concepts. Students engage through singing, dancing, storytelling, age-appropriate instruments, musical activities, and games. Classes will be held Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Students will receive a healthy snack, mentoring and homework help prior to an hour of group music lessons. Kids’ Orchestra students perform in at least two informal concerts/year and are

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Kids’ Orchestra to Receive $48,000 Grant from the United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Church

Baton Rouge, LA (July 11, 2018) — The United Thank Offering (UTO) of the Episcopal Church awarded 34 grants nationwide for a total of $1,257,778.17 for the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. Included in this announcement is a grant to an East Baton Rouge nonprofit organization, Kids’ Orchestra, through the Diocese of Louisiana for the program “Healing the Next Generation: Relationships, Resiliency, and Social/Emotional Learning”.   The UTO is a ministry of the Episcopal Church to promote thankfulness and mission in the whole Church. UTO grants are awarded for projects that address human needs and help alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally in the Episcopal Church. Kids’ Orchestra underwent two rounds of grant application review to receive this grant, first on a State, then National level. They are one of 34 projects to receive this year’s UTO grants and the only organization to receive it in Louisiana.   “Kids’

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Kids’ Orchestra/Kids’ Choir 2018-2019 Application Period Open!

Baton Rouge (July 1, 2018) – Open to ALL K-5th grade students in East Baton Rouge Parish and the surrounding area. Kids’ Orchestra is a nonprofit, after-school music program that provides nearly 800 students the opportunity to study an array of orchestral instruments, perform in an ensemble, and/or sing in a choir. Students not attending a partner school must provide their own transportation to the site school closest to them. Submit your application as early as possible. Returning students receive priority throughout July. All new students are then accepted through a lottery drawing beginning August 1. Apply TODAY at kidsorchestra.org SITE SCHOOLS Claiborne Elementary First United Methodist Church (Kids’ Choir) Greenbrier Elementary LaSalle Elementary Mayfair Laboratory School McKinley Middle Magnet (Honors Program) Ryan Elementary St. James Episcopal Day School The Dufrocq School Westdale Heights Academic Magnet FEEDER SCHOOLS Audubon Elementary Bernard Terrace Elementary BR FLAIM Brownfields Elementary Buchanan Elementary Capitol Elementary

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Kids’ Orchestra to Receive Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Baton Rouge, LA (May 17, 2018) — National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant to Kids’ Orchestra to offer afterschool music enrichment programs to 21 students. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts. “The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as Kids’ Orchestra in Baton Rouge, LA, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the

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Kids’ Orchestra 2018 Spring Neighborhood Concert Series – Celebrate Our Students’ Semester of Hard Work

Baton Rouge, LA (April 23, 2018) – Kids’ Orchestra is proud to present our Spring 2018 Neighborhood Concert Series. Join us for an evening of great music performed by our orchestra of talented youths from 24 East Baton Rouge Parish schools. Our neighborhood concerts allow students to showcase their skills and celebrate the culmination of their hard work throughout the semester. “My two girls performed at a recent neighborhood concert. Their grades are soaring and they love to practice every chance they get. My oldest had a solo that day. She still talks about it. Little Sis loves just being onstage. They are not shy anymore! We love Kids’ Orchestra,” said Erica Bonton, students’ mother. All performances begin at 5:30 pm and are free and open to the public. May 8 Dufrocq Elementary May 9 LaSalle Elementary May 10 Ryan Elementary May 12 McKinley Middle Magnet School (Honors)* May 14 Independence Park Theatre (Kids’ Choir)** May

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Kids’ Orchestra Teaching Artist and Mentor Professional Development Series Spring 2017

Kids’ Orchestra’s Teaching Artist’s Professional Development Spring 2017 took place on January 11, 2017 at Claiborne Elementary School.  The training exceeded expectations on many different levels. Several discussions took place including sessions on child safety procedures, behavior management strategies, and curriculum.   About 45 teaching artists participated in the event. These artists teach one of 10 music class offerings while facilitating a safe, afterschool environment for students. “A great group music lesson balances discipline and fun, and that starts with a passionate instructor,” says Sam Trevathan, Kids’ Orchestra Education Director, who oversees curriculum. “These training sessions assist our teachers to identify each students’ individuality while bringing them together to perform as a group or ensemble.” Our teaching artists comprise professional musicians, graduate students, and music educators. Not all of them have classroom experience. However, in these sessions, veteran teachers work closely with new staff on best practices. Also this semester,

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Free December Concerts — 800 local youth musicians to perform in 11-performance Neighborhood Concert Series

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2016 Free December Concerts 800 local youth musicians to perform in Neighborhood Concert Series Kids’ Orchestra hosts 11 free performances Kids’ Orchestra will present 11 performances in its Winter 2016 Neighborhood Concert Series.The concerts highlight the skills acquired during after school music program. 800 students from 24 local public, private and charter elementary schools will be represented at the concerts, playing instruments that include strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Students range from fifth-year veterans who joined the program in its inception to first-year children who just received their first instrumental instruction this September. Special Community Performance Friday, December 2, 6 p.m. Festival of Lights North Boulevard Town Square Featuring Kids’ Choir and student artists on wind, string, and percussion instruments Monday, December 5,  6 p.m. Kids’ Orchestra Kids’ Choir BREC Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Blvd Featuring Kids’ Orchestra community-wide choir representing 21

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Staff Spotlight — Phil Shapiro

Meet Philip Shapiro, Kids’ Orchestra’s newest Program Manager.   Phil manages Mayfair Laboratory School, Magnolia Woods Elementary, and Dufroq Elementary.  Phil enjoys upbeat jazz music and shared some of his favorite tunes while we spoke.   KO: Let’s Start off with WHY you enjoy working with Kids’ Orchestra: Phil: “I’m making a difference in the lives of children at an early age; We’re creating a love of music right from the start”   “Tell me more about that:” Phil: “If you read in Malcolm Gladwell’s book, he talks about how we tend to divide, especially at an early age. We divide students by age, instead of by ability group. That grows and eventually comes true (to them) because they grow up thinking that they’re failures, that they’re worthless, that things will never work out for them because they’ve been stuck in that failure category their whole lives. And it was all

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Top 5 Tips for Your Instrument

With the start of Kids’ Orchestra, here are a few things to review with your young musician: 1.Take Great Care of Your Instrument Keep it Clean Learn how to clean your instrument and clean it regularly.  Sometimes the malfunction is so subtle that the student thinks they are doing something wrong, and frustration mounts.  If your instrument doesn’t sound as  vibrant as when you first received it, it is most likely dirty. Woodwind & Brass Musicians: Watch what you eat! Food particles can get trapped inside a wind or brass instrument. If  you must eat before you play, it is best to rinse your mouth out with water. Store Your Instrument Safely Keep your instrument in its protective case and store it in a safe place. An instrument can be damaged if it takes a fall, or if something falls on it. 2. Play Your Instrument! Practice! Practicing every day

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Join Kids’ Choir!

  New to the 2016-2017 school year, Kids’ Orchestra is expanding our excellent Kids’ Choir program to include ALL children, grades 2 – 6, in the Greater Baton Rouge area. Previously held at 4 local elementary schools, Kids’ Choir rehearsals will now be at Independence Park, a more centralized location increasing accessibility to more children in Baton Rouge. Directed by children’s choir specialists, Dr. Melissa Brunkan and Mr. Jason Bowers, of the LSU School of Music Students from public, private, charter or homeschool groups are invited to participate, from EBR and the surrounding areas.     You’re Invited WHO: All 2nd – 6th graders in the Greater Baton Rouge Area WHAT: A United Voice for the entire Kids community WHEN: Monday evenings from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Boulevard COST: $20 per semester Or Included in Kids’ Orchestra instrumental tuition   *Transportation is not

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