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KidZNotes and North Carolina Symphony Announce New Partnership

Posted: September 13, 2011
KidZNotes marks its first year by announcing an exciting new partnership with the North Carolina Symphony. The two organizations will celebrate together at KidZNotes’ launch ceremony this Saturday, Sept. 17 at 10:30 a.m., at the Holton Career and Resource Center at 401 N. Driver St. in Durham, N.C.

KidZNotes, which is modeled after Venezuela’s highly successful El Sistema program, uses the transformational power of classical music to help build new futures for children, targeting those who would otherwise be blocked by economic and social barriers. Established last year in East Durham, KidZNotes enriches the lives elementary school students and their families through music. Participants in the program learn to play violin and receive free orchestra training in a safe environment that emphasizes fun, joy and teamwork in learning as well as musical accomplishment.

Presenting and supporting an extensive education program for North Carolina schoolchildren has always been a major priority of the North Carolina Symphony. Through this collaboration the organization will offer its education and community engagement concerts and programs free of charge to KidZNotes students and their families.

Scott Lindroth, Vice Provost of the Arts for Duke University, and David Reese, head of the East Durham Children’s Initiative, will join North Carolina Symphony President and CEO Sandi M.A. Macdonald; Director of Education Jessica Nalbone; and principal cello Bonnie Thron as special guests. KidZNotes students will receive their new instruments and the kick-off will conclude with an informal reception.

“We’re thrilled about this important opportunity for our students,” says KidZNotes Executive Director Katie Wyatt. “In Venezuela’s El Sistema, the youth orchestras there have a deep relationship with some of the best orchestras and conductors in the world. The North Carolina Symphony is home to the best musicians and conductors in our state, and attracts world-class artists from the international community. Through an intense practice of classical music, we’re teaching them they can do and be anything.”

Symphony Director of Education Jessica Nalbone adds, “The North Carolina Symphony is proud to partner with KidZNotes and support this new initiative in Durham. Through this partnership, we intend to offer access to the span of our educational programming, ensuring opportunities for underserved populations that will foster a lifelong love for and involvement in classical music. This is the start of an exciting venture, and one which aligns wholly with our orchestra’s mission to serve North Carolina’s students through music.”


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