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Students from Dayton Philharmonic’s Q The Music Program to Participate in Regional Workshop in Cincinnati

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Interim Communications & Media Manager
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Dayton Ballet / Dayton Opera / Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
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DAYTON, OH (April 28, 2014) – On Saturday, May 24, 2014, students from Dayton Philharmonic’s Q The Music program will attend a Seminario for Midwestern El Sistema-inspired Programs, in a day of making music and making new friends.  The regional workshop will take place at Three Rivers School, located at 56 Cooper Rd., Cleves, OH 45002, about 25 minutes west of Cincinnati. This special event is hosted by MYCincinnati, Three Rivers School District, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

During this one-day event, Dayton Philharmonic’s Q the Music will join youth music programs including MYCincinnati, CORMusic Project, Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra’s North Limestone MusicWorks, the People’s Music School Youth Orchestra, Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project, and El Sistema University Circle, representing children from Dayton, Cincinnati, Lexington, Chicago, and Cleveland.  These attending programs are among nearly 100 music programs in the United States inspired by El Sistema, the renowned Venezuelan youth orchestra program that uses music as a vehicle for social change.  Participating students have played their instruments anywhere from a few months to six years, and range in school age from first through twelfth graders. Teachers and El Sistema enthusiasts from around the country will be attending to lead rehearsals and to observe the event. Partners for this event include the Three Rivers School, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Price Hill Will.

The Seminario will include a rigorous schedule of sectionals, workshops, and orchestra rehearsals, culminating in a free orchestra concert, with over 150 students on stage making music together. The concert will be led by Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra Conductor Will White.  Performance will begin at 5:00pm and is open to the public.

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

Dayton Philharmonic’s Q the Music Program is a daily, tuition-free, after-school El Sistema-inspired orchestra program that supports the musical, academic and social growth of at-promise youth in the Dayton community. The program’s core values include Dedication, Responsibility, Excellence, Integrity and Teamwork.  String instruction is at the heart of every afternoon for third- and fourth-grade students at Dayton Public Schools’ Ruskin PreK-8 School. Students study violin, viola or cello both as part of a small group sectional and as an orchestra.

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About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.  The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.


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