On The Horn: April 2015

Curtis Warner, Associate Vice President for Education Outreach and Community Affairs, has been “on the horn” as of late touching base with executive directors from City Music Network sites around the country getting caught up with some of the most recent “happenings.”

Bervin Harris reports that on March 24 students from the Renaissance Youth Center in the Bronx performed at Carnegie Hall. Held in the Resnick Education Wing, members of the Renaissance Youth Choir performed Rihanna and Michael Jackson songs, while poets recounted life on the streets. Renaissance appeared with other artists and ensembles as well as filmmakers who showcased thematic media that focused on subjects such as the struggles of being a single parent and homelessness in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Ashby Anderson at the Richmond Youth Jazz Guild reports the organization picked up contracts to provide music instruction to two charter schools. One of the key aspects of the initiative is to introduce jazz and integrated technology as a method of instruction. It is expected that PULSE will have a front and center role in the project.

Fostina Dixon, director of the Wilmington Youth Jazz Band, says they are busy as ever and she is feeling good about her new and re-energized board of directors. Fundraising is still a top priority and they are leveraging student performances to heighten donors’ interest. WYJB also, like RYJG, will be taking jazz into one the middle schools due to a recently funded grant. Congratulations! This spring also marks a new season for numerous WYJB performances, including their upcoming gala.

Greg Barnes at Campus Club Milledgeville is excited about new partnerships with Georgia State University and the renovation and build out of their soon-to-be new facility, the Arts-Technology-Complex. Take a virtual tour of what is soon to come… and “no” I don’t think all of us can fit in there, but it is a great space located on 25 acres of land.

Stop back next month for another round of updates from our sites.

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