Summer break is coming to a close for area students and teachers, and the Omaha Symphony is ready to welcome everyone back with an exciting year of education programs! Beginning on Monday, August 8th, Omaha Symphony education programs are officially open for reservations online, and no shortage of enthusiasm is anticipated.
Last month, the Omaha Symphony unveiled its education programming for the 2016-17 season! Leading the charge are three all-new iterations of our most popular programs: Mission Imagination, Margre Durham Concerts for Youth, and Link Up.
Schools across the metro area are quickly approaching their final days of the year, and that means the Omaha Symphony’s education season is officially coming to a close! It’s been a busy and very successful season. Here are a few highlights:
The Omaha Symphony is proud to be participating in Omaha Gives! - a one-day fundraising event organized by the Omaha Community Foundation. Omaha’s fourth annual, 24-hour charitable challenge will take place May 25th. The giving begins at midnight with a minimum $10 donation. Mark your calendars because we will need your help! We will be joining over 700 local nonprofits to raise money together. Hourly drawings, prizes and bonus dollars make your donations go further. The more money we raise, the larger percentage of the bonus dollars we will receive. The more donors we get to give to us, the greater our chances become to win cash prizes.
The Council Bluffs Guild of the Omaha Symphony takes pride in supporting the symphony in its efforts to introduce the wonders of orchestral music to 4,000+ southwest Iowa students each year. Their Board has grown this year gaining five new members: Arla Clausen, Kathy Dessonville, Timothy Dickmeyer, Jane Hokanson Hawks, and Alyssa Kohler.
The fall has been full of incredible of incredible concert experiences and engagement activities, and the rest of the season is still full of amazing things from our education and community engagement department.
ConAgra Foods is returning as the Omaha Symphony’s Holiday Season Sponsor for the eighth season, and we are partnering with them on their Shine the Light on Hunger campaign. We are proud to help them raise awareness about the fight to end childhood hunger and are thankful for their support. We appreciate the opportunity to unite Omaha’s arts community in stocking the Food Bank for the Heartland.
Celebrate Creativity, a long-standing education program presented in partnership with the Joslyn Art Museum, took place last week from October 27-30. Over the course of the four days, nearly 1,500 middle and high school students participated in the program, featuring hands-on creative workshops, Joslyn gallery tours, and an interactive Omaha Symphony concert.
A hint of spookiness and the spirit of good fun make the Omaha Symphony’s annual Symphony Spooktacular concert a bewitching Halloween celebration for the whole family, Sunday, October 25, 2 p.m. at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
The Omaha Symphony Conducting Fellowship is a new initiative developed for emerging conductors. A two-year appointment, the fellowship is designed to provide training and conducting opportunities for talented conductors with the Omaha Symphony. Enrico Lopez-Yañez was recently appointed the Conducting Fellow of the Omaha Symphony after completing his M.M. in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Maryland with Professor James Ross.
With teachers preparing to head back to school, it is officially time to kick-off our 2015/16 season of education programs at the Omaha Symphony! Registration opens for all of our programs – Mission Imagination, Margre Durham Concerts for Youth, Link Up, Celebrate Creativity, and more – on August 5th, and requests are not anticipated to be in short supply.
Schools across the metro-area are now out for the summer, and that means the Omaha Symphony’s education season is officially coming to a close! It’s been a busy season including two all-new concert experiences in our trademark programs (Mission Imagination and Margre Durham Concerts for Youth), tour visits to Wakefield and Grand Island, Nebraska, our New Music Symposium: Fresh Ink with John Corigliano at KANEKO, and occurring this week, Educator as Maestro, our professional development program for area teachers.
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