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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance Presents First Regional Q the Music Workshop in May

On the heels of its inaugural season of Q the Music, the after-school music program inspired by Venezuela’s groundbreaking El Sistema, The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance will present a daylong regional workshop (seminario) on Saturday, May 18, at Stivers School for the Arts, 1313 E. Fifth Street, Dayton.

The Midwest Strings Seminario is open to regional teachers and students in El Sistema-inspired programs as well as potential funders and volunteers. The program begins at 10 a.m. with an orientation and warm-up activities and continues with a full orchestra session before breaking into sectionals. After lunch, students will participate in workshops and rehearse for the concert performance at 4:30 p.m. Reservations are required by contacting Gloria Pugh at or (937) 224-3521 ext. 1118.

“This seminario allows our students an opportunity to meet students from other cities and programs throughout the day and to ultimately come together for a concert,” explained Gloria Pugh, DPAA’s Director of Education. ”Students will be exposed to other staff leaders and realize they are part of an international movement.”

Pen-Pal Bingo, one of the on-going activities occurring throughout the day, will encourage students to seek friendships with peers from other schools and programs.

Q the Music was offered to third grade students at Ruskin Elementary in September, 2012, who signed up for the innovative after-school program. Each student was given a string instrument – violin, cello or viola – and has been attending a 5-day-a-week program which includes daily academic tutoring and classes in musicianship skills and group instrumental instruction by Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra musicians.

“We are very pleased with the initial success of this program. Q the Music will continue to grow next fall as our current students continue to play as they move into the 4th grade and new 3rd grade students enter the program,” said Pugh. “Our goal is to grow the Ruskin Elementary program up to and including the 7th grade.”

El Sistema is a music education movement that began in Venezuela in 1975 and has picked up tempo throughout the U.S. by orchestras and other arts organizations. Its mission is to be an instrument for social change allowing students to work together as a musical team. The after-school program allows students to experience the joy and fun of music-making.

The public is invited to get the Q the Music students perform on Sunday, April 14 at 2:20 p.m. in the Schuster Center’s Wintergarden.  This free recital is followed by the DPO’s “Beethoven Lives Upstairs’ Family Series concert at 3 p.m. sponsored by the DP&L Foundation Family Series. Tickets are $12 to $19 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 and at Senior, teacher and student discounts are available at box office.

The DPAA’s Q the Music is tuition-free and receives funding from Armotte H. Boyer Charitable Trust, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee; Iddings Foundation: Dayton Rotary Club Foundation; N.L. Weller Charities, Inc. and several private donors.

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