The Vancouver Island Symphony is raising funds to allow students in Grade 4 to see a performance and students in Grade 5 to actually get up on stage and sing in a choral performance.
“It is a chance for everyone to turn off the electronic world and see and hear fifty-plus professional musicians perform great music geared for two-thousand plus nine year olds,” says a VIS release about its Symphony Education Shows.
Specially designed performances for students integrate music and education, says the release, offering children “an opportunity to dream of playing an instrument or becoming an actor or a set designer.”
The Fabulous Fives program goes a step farther, inviting school kids to participate in a symphony accompanied choral performance. “They can perform in the Fabulous Fives Choir, allowing them to experience being on stage and performing with the symphony,” says the release.
Cost to school districts for the program is one dollar for each student, which covers ‘less than one per cent’ of the total costs for the program.
“The Vancouver Island Symphony fund raises the remainder of the funds because we believe every child should be able to experience hearing a symphony orchestra,” says the VIS release.
Now’s a great time to donate, because a VIS supporter has pledged up to $10,000 to match donations during ‘the giving season.’
“Be a part of this special movement that celebrates giving back,” says the VIS release. “Help your symphony make sure this music education program continues.”
With school districts strapped for funds, supporting the Symphony Education Shows and programs is more important than ever, says the release.
To donate go to canadahelps.org/dn/15231. Find out more about the Vancouver Island Symphony at VancouverIslandSymphony.com.