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The Master Chorale's Youth Initiative is a music education program serving elementary students primarily in Title 1 schools in our community. The program offers a unique, hands-on approach to music education and choral performance free to the students.
Our all-volunteer Outreach Choir has presented a total of seventeen wonderful interactive educational performances in Hillsborough and Pinellas County Elementary schools and three (free) age-appropriate professional concerts (titled "Going to the Show"), led by Deah McReynolds with special guest conductor Doreen Rao, for over 4,000 2nd-5th graders since the program launched in 2016 (with 3,000 reached during our 2017-2018 season!). We're excited about the popularity of our program and it's potential for significant growth!
Nothing compares to seeing the amazed face of a very young person when they realize that they can sing and add beauty to our world no matter what they choose to do in life and no matter where they go.
"We are indebted to you and Master Chorale for providing a rich choral experience for our students!"
- Melanie Faulkner, Supervisor, Elementary Music Education,
Hillsborough County Public Schools
"...there was a perfect balance of performance, entertainment, engagement, and education – a difficult balance to pull off!"
- David Tagliarini, Pinellas County Performing Arts Staff Developer
"Having five young kids of my own, I know the importance of musical interaction in a child's life. Music brightens their eyes and sparks an inner excitement in their minds. It's magical. I see the value in this program and I am honored to help make it a reality for our community's youth."
- Donald E. Phillips, Managing Director, Phillips Development and Realty.
Our hearts are full from reading these special thank you notes from some of the students we visited. <3
Thank you to our sponsors and donors for supporting this important program!
We are grateful for the support of USAmeribank (which funded buses for all students to attend our day-time professional concerts at the Tampa Theatre and the Palladium Theater this year), Phillips Development and Realty and Construction Services of Tampa (both provided much needed funding to cover concert venue expenses). We also receive support for this Youth Initiative program from Publix Super Markets, the City of St. Petersburg, the City of Tampa, the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, and it is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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