I feel honored to be a part of the initiative that enables our students to learn, change and grow. As the Director of Programming for Kidznotes, I get to watch our students in action at rehearsals and performances. While there are many other facets of my job, I enjoy this the most. From my office on the lower level at the Holton Center, I can hear the pitter patter of little feet usually running down the halls to their classrooms in anticipation of the start of rehearsal. They work hard with our terrific faculty to learn technique and scales on their instruments. They are constantly challenged to also learn and perfect new repertoire,and then come together to make joyful, beautiful music.
With all of the options and interests that students have these days with sports, after school clubs and other activities, Kidznotes students have chosen to dedicate a considerable amount of their time and efforts to playing (and singing) classical music. This group of unlikely classical, musical enthusiasts collaborate with their peers in and out of the classroom.
There are many opportunities to perform and our Kidznotes ensembles are sought after for appearances throughout the Triangle. Recently, one of the ensembles, the All Stars Strings, performed at the Northgate Mall for the Moms Rising event. Led by teaching artist Sara Moore, they played beautifully and the piece “Salsa Verde” was a real crowd-pleaser. I could see on their smiling faces, the sense of pride and accomplishment, they were feeling as they played.
For Aileen, Brandan, Donnell, Eva, Jessie, Marcus, and McKenzie the possibilities are endless. Kidznotes is the place for them to make great music, build good character, embrace human dignity and develop a life-long love of the arts.
by Kim Demery