Boca Philharmonic Symphonia brings music to Boys and Girls Club
August 9, 2006
By Nicol Jenkins
The sounds of violins echoed in the hallway of the Boys and Girls Club of Boca Raton. And that sound also resonated in the hearts of the youth playing the instruments. Since for many, it was the first time the youth had ever picked up a violin or heard the sound.
The Boca Raton Philharmonic Symphonia (BRPS) made the musical display happen. The BRPS brought music to those youth who may not have the means to play an instrument. During a summer camp at the Boys and Girls Club of Boca Raton, about nine youth were offered the opportunity to receive musical instruction from BRPS members. BRPS established the Melba Silver Music Education fund to provide music education to underserved children in the community, according to Annabel Russell, BRPS Administrator.
"We wanted to fund an outreach program to reach children who otherwise are not able to play music," Russell said. That's when BRPS officials contact the Boys and Girls Club of Boca Raton. During a summer program, BRPS provides two instructors to teach 7- and 8-year-olds how to play the violin.
"There are kids there that are talented, interested and want to learn," Russell said. "And for many, it's the first time they've ever touched a violin or heard one live." During the school year, BRPS will continue teaching youngsters to play various instruments through an after school program.
"We tried to start small and keep it going and expand it," Russell said. "But to run a program like this, it costs money. We're looking for companies to help the program grow and expand." Russell thinks music education is dwindling as is and wants to revive music.
"In the school system with budget cuts, there is not enough funding and the first program that is cut is the arts. There is very little art and music programs offered in public schools," she said. "And many children not from affluent backgrounds are not exposed to music or arts. This is a very important part of life. It spurs learning." That's one of the reasons BRPS stepped in.
"Our hope is to touch children's lives, introduce them to music and give them a love for music," Russell said. "Most children wouldn't have an opportunity unless an opportunity like this comes their way."
For more information, contact BRPS at 561-376-3848.
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