Opus 118 students are enjoying their much-deserved summer break after accomplishing so much this year. The students have made the Opus family so proud of what they've done in only a few months! But, just because its summertime doesn't mean our children have stopped practicing their music. Right now, several of our students are enrolled in an Improvisation Workshop which teaches music theory and composition. This gives the students an opportunity to further develop their musicianship by improving elements outside of their repertoire.
The students have had some amazing performance opportunities we would love to share with you. During the El Museo del Barrio Honor’s Recital, Grammy award-winning musician Mark O' Connor and accomplished jazz violinist Diane Monroe performed with the students to make it an unforgettable night. Also, international urban rock duo Nuttin' But Stringz wowed the audience with a powerful performance and spent time with the students after the show.
Jesi Kelley, parent of one of our students had this to say about the Nuttin' But Stringz performance:
"It's so important for kids to see that practice and hard work brings real rewards—whether music is something they see as a profession or a personal pleasure. It's important for kids to know that studying music can provide all kinds opportunities. "
We also launched a Concert Campaign, which has successfully allowed the students to play in their annual End-of-the-Year Concert. The support was incredible, giving the students a platform to showcase all they've learned throughout the year. At the end of the concert members of the Opus 118 alumni gave a speech, congratulating co-founder Roberta Guaspari for 30 years of service to the public schools of East Harlem. It was truly a special night for everyone.
As you can see, we've challenged our students with some extraordinary performance opportunities. But like always, they remained calm, composed musicians. Four of our students have been introduced to chamber music and now perform the Bach Double Violin Concerto in addition to the Opus 118 repertoire. More exciting events are being coordinated for the summer and fall months, please visit our website (www.opus118.org) where you can join our email list for Opus 118 invites.
We hope to see you in the audience. Opus 118 continues to transform the lives of students through affordable, high-quality music education. Thank you for your consideration in making a donation to music education.
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Associate Director, Programs & Development