2017 Chamber Music Workshop Shines!

“This year’s Chamber Music Workshop was my favorite to date. As a coach, it’s always fun for me to work with excited and committed students and help them see the asset of their similarities and differences. But the most rewarding part for me this year was being able to witness every participant, regardless of age and level, grow drastically as a musician and ensemble player. Our students learned and embraced that every member of an ensemble is a key player, that things that seem difficult at first can actually turn out to be very rewarding and fun, and that music (and pizza!) gives us wonderful grounds for friendship. Chamber Music Department Chair, Lois Finkel, works hard to match students with groups and repertoire that will be challenging and rewarding, and to provide group activities that will both hone skills and make lasting memories. It’s safe to say the coaches enjoyed themselves as much as the students! I’m looking forward to next year!”
– Abby Magoon, Chamber Music Coach and Private Lesson Teacher, viola and violin

To Our Carnegie Hall chaperones: Thank you!

“We would like to take a moment to thank our terrific Carnegie Hall chaperones – Amy, Catherine, David, Kathleen, Mary, Meg, Naomi, Nicole, and Veronika for their fearless and infinite dedication to making this trip a successful one! Our parents guided our students and constantly supported myself and Christine without any hesitation. With this being our first trip in over 12 years, having such a wonderful pack of parents made the day enjoyable and safe for all. Thank you from the bottom of my heart – you have my infinite gratitude.”
– Chelsea Anderson, Youth Ensembles Manager & Trip Coordinator
Carnegie Hall 2017 RIPYO Chaperone Photo

12,000 Children Perform with RI Philharmonic at The VETS

RI Philharmonic & Carnegie Hall’s Link Up Concerts Cap Year of Music Education

On May 22, 23, 24 and 25, over 12,000 of the region’s third, fourth and fifth graders made their debut playing with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra at The VETS in Providence. The eight Link Up concerts are the culmination of a year of school-based music education with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School’s FLEX program (Foundations in Learning Exploration).

2017 marks the RI Philharmonic’s sixth season of Link Up, a program developed by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Providing instruments, curriculum materials and professional development to schools, Link Up culminates in concerts where students play along with the Orchestra – not just for the finale, but for over 75% of the program. The program began in 2012 with 7000 children participating; this year, over twelve thousand children will play in eight concerts, titled “The Orchestra Rocks.” Funding for Link Up comes primarily from businesses, foundations and individuals.

“We are so proud of all the musical work the children in the Link Up program have accomplished this year with their incredibly talented classroom teachers.” said Annette Mozzoni, the Philharmonic’s Director of Education and the Music School. “It is thrilling to witness their enthusiastic music making as they demonstrate their artistry with the larger musical community.”

PARTICIPANT STORIES

Teacher Remarks:
“We were all very impressed at the quality of the concert and how engaging it was for the kids. What a great experience for them. I wish we had something like this when I was in school, can’t wait for my younger kids to see this!”
“I decided to bring a group of students who are in a self-contained class for students with autism. One of my students loved the song “Ode to Joy” so much, he would walk in to music class asking to sing it.”

When asked what they thought, students responded:
• “This is the best thing ever! I love playing music and I’m going to do it for the rest of my life!”
• “That’s going to be me on stage!”
• “I can do it!”
• “Next year, I’m going to win and everyone will play my song!”

ABOUT LINK UP

Designed by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, Link Up provides recorders and workbooks for third, fourth and fifth graders and a hands-on in school curriculum that teaches the basics of music and music-making through performance and creative work. Aside from music literacy, the curriculum includes interdisciplinary lessons with historical and cultural contexts and a math exercise where students “score” melodies based on intervals. When students attend the culminating concert, they bring their instruments and become members of the orchestra – not just for the finale, but for over 75% of the concert.

“The Link Up program is also a fantastic example of 21st century music education; with a common-core aligned program, all stakeholders can be confident that English Language Arts, Math and Music Learning Standards are being taught in the music classroom and the concert hall using a high-quality and flexible curriculum.” said Amelia Nixon, Community Partnerships Manager at RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School.

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Another Chance to See Our Jazz & Rock Ensembles Perform!

We’d like to congratulate our 9 jazz and rock ensembles. All 9 groups performed on January 29 at the Carter Center in East Providence. We’d like to thank our coaches, Ms. Wendy Klein (our department chair), Mr. Charles Kalajian, Mr. George Leonard, Mr. Ron Sanfilippo, and Mr. Greg Takemoto, for their hard work and preparation of these ensembles.

Our 2017 Chamber camp will be released soon – make sure to check back in a few weeks!

You can also see these groups perform on May 7 at the Carter Center in East Providence at their end of the year recital.

Please contact Chelsea Anderson, Youth Ensembles Manager at canderson@riphil.org or 401.248.7038 for more information!

Meet Beth Nichols, Music Together Instructor

bn-music-together1-blogBeth Nichols received her BA in Music, with an emphasis in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting and moved to New England to get her Masters in Philosophy and Theology at Boston University. She toured Europe, Canada and the Northeastern U.S. as part of the Concert Chorale, of which she was also the president.

Beth is also certified in software design and development. She spent some 15 years in corporate information systems, ending her professional career as Director of Software Integration in 2010.

Throughout that time, Beth has remained involved in music, primarily within the church. She pioneered the youth choirs at two churches, as well as conducting the adult choir. She led the music program each summer as part of a day camp, sometimes working with only a few children, sometimes working with 100+ kids in a week.

Beth came to the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School as she sought out  early childhood music classes for her oldest daughter, now 13 years old, and has been enthusiastically involved here ever since! All three children are involved in classes, lessons and ensembles. Beth enjoyed taking Music Together classes with her youngest daughter. She began teaching early childhood music classes for Parks and Rec programs, and has recently begun teaching at the Music School.  It is Beth’s delight to meet all these young, natural musicians, and engage in play with them and their families in a way that is so much fun, they don’t realize just how much they are learning!

RI Philharmonic Chamber Perform Their First Recital of 2017

We’d like to congratulate our 13 chamber groups on their first recital of the year! All 13 ensembles performed on January 28 at the Carter Center in East Providence. We’d like to thank our coaches, Ms. Lois Finkel (our department chair), Ms. Laura Gulley, Ms. Abby Magoon, Ms. Karen Marks, Ms. Ealain McMullin, Ms. Irina Naryshkova, Ms. Hannah Ross, Mr. Steve Sergi, and Ms. Irina Tchantceva, for their hard work and preparation of these ensembles.

Our 2017 Chamber camp will be released soon – make sure to check back in a few weeks!

You can also see these groups perform on May 12 at the Carter Center in East Providence at their end of the year recital.

Please contact Chelsea Anderson, Youth Ensembles Manager at canderson@riphil.org or 401.248.7038 for more information!