Now into the school year, the After-School program at our home on 125th Street in Harlem has attracted more students than ever before. We’re certainly at capacity and even as we update you on our project, a beginning violin student is working with his teacher in our office; Joshua is learning to play scales to the tune of “I Love Chocolate Ice Cream.” We now have a waiting list of students hoping to learn through the power of music; that’s why we appreciate your help.
We wanted to give you an idea of what the students have been working on. As we saw last year, the calendar was packed with performance opportunities. This year, our students have been building out their repertoire and have added “Eleanor Rigby, Take the A Train, Son Montuno, a Concerto Grosso. When performing, the young performers revel in the spotlight, having the chance to showcase their talent and all that they’ve learned. And pedagogically, the performances develop the students’ work ethic, focus, and teamwork. Now that we’re well into the year, the students have already had plenty of rehearsals and numerous gigs. For both our students and their families, a major draw of the program is the chance for students to perform on some of the world’s most famous stages. Students at Opus 118 Harlem School of Music have played at the Apollo, at Lincoln Center, and at Carnegie Hall. When a call comes in for a performance opportunity, you can see the excitement in the young students’ faces as they passionately practice their instruments. The students know that it’s only through hard work that they will be selected to publicly perform.
We're gearing up for our spring performance season and the students are ecstatic. But we’re also aware that our friends and donors get excited about performances too. That’s why we’re letting you know about some of the upcoming concerts, should you be in our area. As always, our students are making connections in the community. Come show your support for our students by attending their exciting upcoming concerts in New York City:
March 22, 2010: Join Opus students as they play at New York’s International House at 500 Riverside Drive at 7:00pm. Seating is limited, so guests must RSVP by emailing Robert Gondola, firstname.lastname@example.org. A reception will follow.
May 13, 2010: In conjunction with El Museo del Barrio New York, Opus 118 will hold its annual Honors Recital at the Museum on the 13th of May at 7:30pm. We would love to see you at this performance which features Opus 118’s students who have made the most progress over the year.
We’re excited to let you see our students’ hard work firsthand. As always, Opus 118 continues to support the students of Harlem with low-cost high-quality music education—transformation is possible through the arts. We appreciate your consideration in making a donation to give the gift of music.
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Associate Director, Programs & Development