Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
The Creative Music Conservatory (CMC) provides students ages 7-17 a five day unique orchestral opportunity that explores a variety of repertoire in large ensembles, small group sectionals, individual private lessons and workshops designed to develop classical skills while learning how to apply known techniques to a variety of styles including bluegrass, folk, blues, pop and hip hop. Students perform a challenging classical piece - learned during the week with students of similar ability - on Friday afternoon (week's end), and then open for - and play one song with - a professional strings-bases touring band. In 2019, tis was The Accidentals, playing at the Pine River Festival at Eagle Park in Bayfield, CO.
CMC organizers hoped for 40 registrants, and got 63 total, split between elementary and secondary age students, and filling out four ability levels. Survey and anecdotal reports give high marks to the professionalism, passion, knowledge and ability to motivate students on the part of instructors, the organization of the camp, and the positive, community-building effects of peer learning, friendship building and support!
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Be FRANK served approximately 425 students during the 2017-18 school year, including the following opportunities (and grade levels served):
In Bayfield: Beginning Elementary Orchestra (1-5); Advanced Elementary Orchestras (3-5); 5th grade DRUM; Advanced DRUM (6-12); Private Lessons (2-adult) - For FY 2017-18, this included ~100 students total served by BFF in Bayfield.
In Durango: Extracurricular Elementary Orchestra - Beginning (Grades 1 or 2-5 at 7 sites, ~100 students); Advanced Orchestra (3-5 at five sites), ~100 students; Shared/Home School Orchestra (2-8), ~ 12 students
Juniper School (1-5) 6 week Intro to Strings sections as part of General Music Program for 125 students)
Note: in Bayfield, 6th Orchestra, 7 & 8 Orchestra, & High School Orchestra have all been adopted as part of the school curriculum by the BSD Board of Education. BFF continues to function as a Booster Club for these groups.
A significant measure of impact, and demonstrating progress toward our goals, is adoption by Bayfield Schools of two mid school orchestras in 2014-15, and high school orchestra in 2015-16. This collaboration has conveyed legitimacy, professionalism, and capacity, likely a factor encouraging Durango 9-R and Ignacio Schools to enter into agreements with BFF.
It is encouraging, and challenging to our resources, to have increased participant numbers from 165 to 425, scholarships (45 to 76) programs (8 to 19), part-time employees (0 to 5), and contract employees (7 to 14). Approximately 85% of students starting with us have continued their involvement in a music program. Our instrument inventory has doubled, we've contracted with a retired luthier for repairs, and are (summer 2018) expanding to larger instrument storage area in Durango. We plan to use this centralized location for other special events including the Durango Summer String Camp, and "Concert Attire Exchange" evening prior to the winter and spring concert seasons.
On May 8, 2018, all of the extracurricular orchestra (plus Bayfield 5th DRUM) ensembles spent the day at Fort Lewis College, then returned to perform on the FLC Community Concert Hall Stage that evening. The first annual Elementary Orchestra Festival featured 335 students performing together in the Concert Hall, with special guest conductor, Thomas Heuser of the San Juan Symphony, directing the Advanced group during rehearsal and the concert that evening.
A survey of Orchestra instructors yielded these results: 77% said BFF met their professional needs Extremely or Very Well; 70% reported the Value for the Money for participants to be Excellent, with 30% saying Above Average; 84% said BFF was Extremely or Very Responsive to questions/concerns; 100% reported they are either Extremely Likely (90%) or Very Likely to encourage students to participate in BFF programs next year!
A similar survey for parents yielded these results: 78% Very & 9% Somewhat Satisfied with their child's program; 63% rated the Quality of instruction as Very High, with 35% rating it High Quality; 70% said the Value for the Money was Excellent, with 29% saying Above Average; 74% rated our response to requests as Extremely or Very Responsive. We also received good suggestions to improve communication, and have heard positive comments about such programs NOT being offered in previous, larger districts.
Student anecdotal responses consistently mention positive changes attributed to being part of BFF programs, including: improved understanding and perspective; ability and increased motivation to do well in school; higher confidence levels; meeting new people; helping with focus and taking their (or a parent's) mind off worries. They also cite the strong influence of their instructor. A quote: "The places I've been (thru) music and the things I've learned have changed me. Music has been a great inspiration. It has inspired me to do things I would have never done. I see a great beauty in my music and I'm proud to call myself a musician. I hope to one day be a professional." G.G. 7th grade
Here are State level competition results since BFF became a 501(c)3:
Ensemble State Competition 2014 Rating 2015 Rating 2016 Rating 2017 Rating
Adv El Orch Music in the Parks 1 1 1 2#
El DRUM Elitch Gardens Fest 1 1 1 1#
Adv DRUM Music in the Parks N/A N/A 2 2**
6th Orchestra Music in the Parks N/A 2 1** 1**#
7th/8th Orch Music in the Parks N/A 2 1 2 (3rd in AA)
HS Orchestra Cavalcade N/A N/A 1X** 1**#
**1st in class #-1st overall (entire festival) x=combined Durango/Bayfield HS orchestras
In spring 2018 festivals, the Bayfield elementary orchestra (only BFF elementary orchestra to participate) earned only "1s" in performance and sight reading, as did the BFF supported 6th, 7-8, and High School Orchestra's in CHSAA sanctioned performance . Additionally, two bass players from BHS (part of the original 13 taught by Mr U) earned All State Orchestra Honors - a first for Bayfield Orchestra Programs.