Community Engagement through Music Education, more details on November two-day workshop in Baltimore

October 14, 2011

Community Engagement through Music Education

Fall 2011

The efforts of Maestra Marin Alsop and the BSO in the areas of community engagement and outreach have impressed and inspired countless other orchestras and major music organizations throughout the country. In just four short years, the BSO program, OrchKids, has become a model specifically for orchestras in youth programming. After a very successful first outing, Community Engagement through Music Education will be presented for a second time as a two day workshop scheduled for Thursday and Friday, November 10 and 11, 2011 in Baltimore, MD.



The fall workshop is planned to showcase OrchKids to arts professionals currently considering or researching an effective youth music program. The two day program has many facets: Maestra Alsop is set to welcome the group to share her commitment to community engagement, her vision in offering the gift of music to young people and her active and personal involvement in the OrchKids program. Workshop attendees will also hear from OrchKids and BSO management and administrative staff on best practices, discuss specific issues of concern and interest, share their own planning status and network with one another. Both days, attendees will also visit Lockerman Bundy Elementary School (LBES), OrchKids “hub” site, to observe and actively participate with the OrchKids students and program. Attendees will observe the children, grades Pre K – 4, as they participate in homework and tutoring sessions, private and group instrument lessons, musicianship class, performance preparations, leadership and mentoring exercises, and individual instrument and Bucket Band rehearsals. OrchKids artistic faculty and LBES staff will close the first day sharing curriculum information and discussing experiences with the visiting group.

The second day’s activities will provide details on building financial and community support and recruiting professional expertise for an El Sistema based program. The day will conclude with a public performance by OrchKids for families, friends and community audiences.


Community Engagement through Music Education, will inform, inspire, instruct, but most importantly, encourage orchestras, local government agencies, public and private school systems and community organizations to consider and implement an El Sistema based music program such as OrchKids in locations throughout the country. CEME is designed to not simply showcase the successful effort here in Baltimore but to insure the success of other efforts by using the BSO OrchKids as a teaching tool. CEME is designed to affordably and simply bring those interested in building and fostering effective community engagement music programs together for a comprehensive, hands on learning experience.

For more information about OrchKids, visit For CEME registration,,1,34. (Note that registration payment is listed as “Tickets.”)

Tuition: Fall Session: $175.00; Groups of three or more, $150.00 per person

For registration information, contact Cheryl Goodman, Director of Administration,, 410.783.8025

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