Music has always been one of the first things humans call upon in times of celebration, fear and tragedy. Doctors tell us that music enhances the function of neural networks, slows heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and further reduces stress.
With the cancellation of our spring concerts and education programs, we have improvised new ways to share music during the Covid-19 pandemic. What began as a casual Facebook conversation with Maestra Sarah on concert night has evolved into our regular series of Saturday Night Live Chats. Hundreds of children were able to experience the magic of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf through our Mini Maestros Google Classroom. And our educator community was grateful to receive a virtual continuation of our Simply Symphonic curriculum.
Of course these outlets cannot replace the immersive experience of live music, and we look forward to gathering with you once again in the Pantages. While the theater has been dark, we have tightened our belts and pursued emergency funding. But we need your support!
Last fall, the Foss High School orchestra class was cut from course offerings due to budget issues. Confident and inspired by their Symphony2U coaching, 11 enterprising students took it upon themselves to organize their own “Zero Period” Chamber Orchestra class, and our musician coaches never missed a 6:30 am session!
These dedicated students advanced to the Statewide Solo and Ensemble Competition! With the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, it is uncertain when they will compete, but their Symphony2U coaches continue to work remotely with these young musicians so they will be ready when the time comes.