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The Wilmington Symphony Produces YouTube Video to Support Music Education in Public Schools

For several years the Wilmington Symphony has been taking an active role in educating our community’s young people through unique and unduplicated programs such as a regional youth orchestra, a junior strings program, a student concerto competition and a free family concert.  In addition to these already successful programs, the Wilmington Symphony has produced a YouTube video to support music education in local classrooms. Last spring Wilmington Symphony representatives met with New Hanover County public elementary school music teachers and Arts Programs Director Georgeann Haas to explore what might be some practical and sustainable ways the Wilmington Symphony could serve as a resource for them.
One idea was to produce a video of the Youth Orchestra in performance.  During the summer a seven-minute video was edited from filming of Youth Orchestra rehearsals and concerts.  Included were some short interviews and some voice-overs.  The video is designed primarily for K-3 students to demonstrate the different instruments and promote interest in the Youth Orchestra.
Some reactions about the video from local music teachers: “It accomplishes the mission and will encourage young people to participate in playing music.
 “I teach in an inner city school so it was nice to see the diversity in the video.”
 “The shots of kids in their real clothes and chatting … that'll prove that the kids in the video are real kids!!”  
 Providing young kids with performance experience is a primary purpose of the Wilmington Symphony education programs, and the Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings alone create a great experience for over 100 young musicians performing on stage.   
 The mission of the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra is to enrich the lives of Cape Fear area youth by providing talented young musicians with unique orchestral training and performing opportunities.  
 Perhaps this new video can tell the story best.  It can be found by visiting www.wilmingtonsymphony.org and clicking on the YouTube link at the top of the page.