Bramwell Tovey, RI Philharmonic’s newly named artistic advisor and conductor, brought music education to two Pawtucket elementary schools, Varieur and Agnes Little, where the RI Philharmonic Music School oversees the Victoria’s Dream Project.
Varieur participates in RI Philharmonic’s annual Link Up program. Concluding its eighth season, Link Up, a music education curriculum developed by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, ends in May with a performance featuring the area students and the Orchestra at The VETS. This year’s Link-Up will start on Monday, May 20. Funding for Link Up comes primarily from businesses, foundations and individuals.
The music education program at Agnes Little Elementary School is called Victoria’s Dream Project, and it is a joint venture between the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School and the Agnes Little Elementary School. In its third year of providing intensive after-school strings instruction for children in grades 3–5, the program is part of a larger ongoing effort by the RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School and the Victoria Alviti Music Foundation to combine music education and after-school care for Southern New England students, as well as provide a pathway to create an even more diverse RI Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.