BSO Expands OrchKids Program

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s an important lesson for students in Baltimore City. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is expanding its OrchKids program.

Jessica Kartalija reports this time it’s at Highlandtown Elementary Middle School.

The OrchKids have performed all over Baltimore City. In Highlandtown, it’s education to a different tune.

“We try to provide them with the best education and then try and broaden their horizons by bringing in the arts programs,” said principal Nancy Fagan.

Four years ago, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra started OrchKids, a program providing music education to students in Baltimore City. Now it’s expanding to Highlandtown Elementary Middle.

Up to this point, OrchKids was predominantly in schools on the west side of town. Now they’re in Highlandtown.

“We want to be present in every single community so every kid has the opportunity to try an instrument, to be part of an orchestra,” said BSO Maestra Marin Alsop.

“I think it’s so cool because I like the instruments and we get to play and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said 9-year-old Joshua Grandy.

There are 400 OrchKids throughout the city.

“The disciplines you hear when you hear them play or hear them sing. Their rhythm and their teamwork and their motivation, these are all skills you use in life,” Alsop said. “I’ve got my eye on a few of them [as future BSO members] already.”

The OrchKids have performed all over Baltimore City.

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