In partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), the BSO’s OrchLab program works to enrich the instrumental music curriculum, enhance student performance skills and offer professional development to school music educators. The OrchLab program is delivered at no cost at selected elementary, middle and high schools serving high numbers of students in poverty.
Outside of Montgomery County, OrchLab’s elementary school programming expanded to Baltimore City in 2016 at the Commodore John Rogers School in Patterson Park. This initiative was funded by a grant from Transamerica.
"Fourth grade students at Highland Elementary School have had the privilege of working with musicians from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in their OrchLab program. Each spring, a team of musicians from the BSO works directly with our fourth grade students as they perform musical selections alongside them with recorders...Working in a school where nearly 80% of our students are living in poverty, opportunities like these are priceless. I can say, unequivocally, that working with the BSO is something all of our students look forward to as they approach the fourth grade...For all we know, the next Yo-Yo Ma could be sitting out in that audience, and this program could, literally, be the spark that lights their musical fire. Now, that’s exciting!" — Scott Steffan, Principal, Highland Elementary School (Silver Spring, MD)
For more information, contact:
Community Liaison, BSO at Strathmore
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