Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Partnership in Full Swing

Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Partnership in Full Swing
Posted on 02/01/2018
Worcester County Public Schools is fortunate to have a wonderful partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO). Through their master classes, workshops, concerts, and programs, our students are afforded musical opportunities far and above what some schools can provide. So far in the 2017-18 school year, several schools have participated in their "A-B-C Me Play" and "Introduce an Instrument" programs. They also provide Worcester County Public Schools with a Noteworthy Instrument loan program, providing instruments to students who may not have the funds to rent their own.

In January 2018, students in grades 6-12 in Pocomoke participated in a day of instrumental music classes with professional musicians from the MSO. Teachers, Mr. Mike Devine and Mr. Bill Williams, insured that their students were prepared to work with the visiting instructors who traveled to Pocomoke from the Baltimore area to teach tips and techniques for playing their instruments and for performing together as a band. The four visiting instructors playing trumpet, trombone, French horn and clarinet, asked questions, listened and watched the young people play; they demonstrated good playing form; they guided students to new ways of looking at written music and listening to themselves and to each other. At the end of the day, the visitors sat alongside the eighth grade band students and played together with them a piece of music that the students are learning. The experience was a success!

This program was funded by Mr. Michael Jahnigen of Frankford, DE. His generous support and other grant funds allow the MSO to offer these unique opportunies for our young musicians to acquire some expertise from direct, personalized instruction by professional musicians.

MSO master class