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Inside the Orchestra, Inc.

By offering our programs at little to no cost to the schools and families with the highest need, all children can participate regardless of any socio-economic boundaries. Your support makes that possible.

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Family Concerts

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Children birth to age 3

Description

Inside the Orchestra for Families is an engaging 50-minute performance created to get families and children of all ages "inside the orchestra". Using a 15-17 piece orchestra, the family concerts incorporate components of our school and Tiny Tots programs, to introduce the family and the community to the world of Inside the Orchestra.

Our program is an experience like no other - families get to discover what it is to be truly inside the orchestra as they are seated on the floor and surrounded by our professional musicians. By incorporating contemporary music, we teach children that orchestral music is all around them and part of their everyday lives. By introducing classical music, we help them explore music they might never have heard before. By encouraging them to interact directly with the conductor and the musicians we show them that music is designed to be explored and enjoyed. Through partnerships with Central City Opera and Hannah Kahn Dance Company, we feature professional opera singers and professional dancers in every program.

Family concerts are typically announced in the late spring, and take place throughout the summer.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Across the board, our feedback is positive.

Tiny Tots

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Children birth to age 3
General Public
Infants/Babies (under age 5)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

Tiny Tots gets children truly "inside the orchestra" by seating the audience on the floor and surrounding them with our 30+ piece professional orchestra.

Designed for children six and under, Tiny Tots is a 45-minute program that gives young ones the chance to interact with the conductor and the musicians and learn about the instruments in the process. Children are encouraged to respond to different elements of the music, from thinking about how music makes them feel to getting on their feet and moving. They are treated to up-close-and-personal demos by various instruments, introduced to musical concepts, emotional understanding of the arts, and artistic expression. The music selection, design, and scripting of Tiny Tots is geared to connect very young children with music - physically, emotionally, and mentally. Children are also encouraged to take a closer look at the instruments and ask questions of the musicians after the concert has concluded. Every Tiny Tots event includes guest performers from some of our cultural partner organizations.

Tiny Tots was named in Denver Westword's "Best of Denver". The experience is one-of-a-kind!

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Evidence of Program's Success

• It was fabulous. The accompanists were my favorite. Loved the Opera! What a great surprise. Also the dancers were a fun way to interpret the music.
• Conductor Tom was amazing! So fabulous to watch! I loved the pacing and the music. I loved seeing my children SO engaged the entire time. We appreciated the flexibility of being on the floor with a group of families
• This was our second TT concert and we are looking forward to the next one! Thanks for offering such a terrific program to Denver kids!
• My son likes to pretend to be Conductor Tom at home directing a fictional orchestra... thank you so much for providing a fun, kid centered musical experience!
• The look of pure wonder & complete awe of the musical sounds that my children have at tiny tots is something that I feel truly blessed to experience as a parent. A truly unique and special experience for our family every time!
• I think this program is amazing and am so thankful to all the musicians who give their time to educate our kids. In a world that's getting dumber by the second, you all are a breath of fresh air!
• Thank you so much for providing tickets to ArtReach for the performance. Without the scholarship program, there is no way my Spanish speaking, low income students would be able to attend.
• The various other artistic aspects you incorporate! The dancers, opera singer, electric violin, youth soloist, double bassoon. The variety of musical styles! I loved that the upbeat times were not all typical classical but some jazzy beats.
• We loved it all, the conductor was great, the orchestra was wonderful and interactive, and the featured guests were really fun.
• I loved how Conductor Stephen began the program. He introduced the different sections and had them play "solo" before becoming one full orchestra. Enjoyed listening to Conductor Stephen. He brought a joy and vibrancy to the program.
• I think it is really well suited to children because of the samples of music that are played. I love this program. We've been three times this month.
• Every single person affiliated with this group was kind, efficient and pleasant. Usually when dealing with this many young families, staff can become overwhelmed and stressed out. I was blown away with the kindness of all involved even before we entered the concert. Also, great to have some pre-concert coloring and activities before the concert began.
• This program and organization is incredible!! We live in Greeley, and though it is a bit of a hike with young ones down to Denver, I cannot stop telling my friends about it. I wish we had a similar program in Greeley!! Thank you for doing such great and important work for our community. Bravo!
• Absolutely everything. Great to have it at the Boettcher. From the behind-the-scenes peek while walking to the stage, to sitting on the stage, to the fabulous program and musicians. The pace of the performance was perfect, as well as the inclusion of opera and dancers. Just perfect.
• Thank you and God bless you all.
• I think it was the first time my daughter (3) realized how many instruments there are to make music. Her face was full of wonder.
• I enjoyed the song selection. I liked the specific instruments that were highlighted, including the electric violin! I loved comparing and contrasting the piccolo instruments to their full sized counterparts. It is always inspirational to see kids like Piper perform. She is amazingly talented and it's hard to think she's only 11.

Inside the Orchestra for Schools

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent
Hispanic, Latino Heritage

Description

Inside the Orchestra for Schools is an interactive 50-minute program geared toward students in the K-8th grades. We offer the program in English and Bilingual formats.

We take a 14-16 piece professional orchestra into schools and perform in auditoriums, gymnasiums, and cafeterias. As in all of our programs, the audience is seated on the floor and surrounded by professional musicians. The conductor faces the students and engages them throughout the performance, asking questions and teaching them about the music as it is playing around them. Students are treated to up-close-and-personal demos by the strings, woodwinds, horns, and percussion. Scripting is designed to not only introduce musical concepts but to tie to the curriculum that children are studying in other subjects. We take the school program to Arapahoe, Douglas, Denver, Adams, Jefferson, Boulder, Summit, and Lake Counties.

Both the repertoire and approach to learning that Inside the Orchestra maintains are designed to support and enhance the school curricula. The conductor introduces key elements of symphonic music such as transitions, orchestral "color", and identifying the emotional quality of different types of music. Music teachers who are proficient with their instruments are invited to sit in with our professional orchestra. In addition, one child is given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to conduct the orchestra. By doing so, the student and audience quickly learn the cause and effect between conductor and musician.

The school program is underwritten to serve schools with the highest need. It is not possible without support from foundations, corporations, and especially individual donors.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The evaluation forms are submitted by teachers and school administrators from the schools we visited. They are asked to rank the following questions on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being "strongly disagree" and 10 being "strongly agree".

o The program kept our students engaged throughout the performance. - Average: 8.62
o Reinforced curricula of our existing music/arts program. - Average: 8.17
o Programs were well worth our students' time out of class. - Average: 9.54
o We would love for Inside the Orchestra to return in the future. - Average: 9.38

"It was all fantastic, no weak areas - students fully engaged, even the little ones. It was heartwarming to see their faces, the excitement, surprise and responses. If not for this program they would probably never experience something like this."

Soloist/Concerto

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21

Description

All of our programs feature one or more soloists (Grades K-6) who perform with the orchestra, demonstrating peer success to our young audiences. The Concerto Program serves as a valuable launch pad for future performance opportunities, giving soloists experience, confidence and inspiration to pursue their talents.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Last year alone, we had over 30 young performers participate in our soloist program. In the spring we held a soloist event celebrating the program and we had soloists from 8 to college age come and perform. We get regular positive feedback about the value of this program. Additionally, the thank you notes we receive from children almost always name the soloists by name as one of their favorite parts of the program.

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