Chamber Music Amici has had another wonderful year bringing live performances and training to people from pre-school age through 12th grade in our Educational Enrichment Programs.
Although our season was curtailed by school closures this spring due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our visits October to March were met with enthusiasm and thanks from many people this year.
Amici thanks you for sharing our commitment to bringing chamber music to students and having a broad community presence!
Why take chamber music into schools?
For so many reasons! Probably the majority of the students we visit are not music students at all, so chief among our reasons might be to give all students the opportunity to see what team work and collaboration can look like.
We present those skills in a musical model but the same skills can be applied to any endeavor for a successful outcome. Tried on the basketball court or in the yearbook club, the results can be equally brilliant.
We all need to learn how to challenge ourselves to contribute fully to what we are doing and to hold steadily to our own role while simultaneously hearing another perspective. Not to mention these skills and attitude lead to the likelihood of deep friendships throughout life!
NEW THIS YEAR
For the first time, Amici conducted a vibrato workshop at Thurston High School. Core musician Steven Pologe worked with the cellists and bass players while core musician and Artistic Director Jessica Lambert worked with about 25 violinists and violists. Teaching vibrato from the ground up was an amazing experience, and the model is promising for future visits to schools. We have more seminar-type visits planned for next year, when it is safe to go back into the schools.
Amici visits local schools with our world-class guest artists to perform for and interact with young musicians in orchestra, band, and choir classes from elementary through high school. We offer workshops in which young players work intensively with our guests on technique and ensemble musicianship, as well as short performances, and with time for questions and conversation. Performances are for the full school or for individual music classes of all ages and levels.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS
We have a deep commitment to young musicians in our community. This year, we presented two string quartets, performing Haydn and Glazunov, and a very young and talented violinist played a movement of a concert for an appreciative audience in the Gallery of the Emerald Art Center as part of the Amici Art Contest reception. In addition, during the Next Generation concert, added for March, seven exceptional young musicians performed with us.
2019-2020 Education program highlights
• Violin presentations at nine classes at four Head Start schools in Eugene, Springfield, Junction City, and Sweet Home.
• Performance at Two Rivers Elementary School in Springfield of music from our October concert of Baroque music
• A chamber music party for 12 young musicians at which we played Bruch, Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, and Mendelssohn in various combinations for hours!
• Workshop and performance for orchestra class at Thurston High School
• Workshop and performance for two orchestra classes at South Eugene
• Vibrato Workshop for orchestra class at Thurston High School
• Two youth ensembles and one soloist at the Emerald Art Gallery’s February Art Walk Reception.
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