Making Music Connections
Augusta Symphony residency programs involve educational programming and community engagement with the visiting guest artists for Symphony Series performances and Augusta Symphony musicians who visit area schools in order to perform, teach, and inspire students in the Central Savannah River Area and surrounding areas. Formerly known as the Music in the Schools, this program—which launched in 1986—allows Augusta Symphony to connect with the youngest residents in the CSRA through ensemble-lecture demonstrations.
As a part of the Making Music Connections initiative, guest artists participate in educational residencies for several days prior to their performances in the Symphony Series or Columbia County Chamber Music Series. In the 2017-18 season, Augusta Symphony offers performances by Simon and Jacques, Andrew Tyson, Attacca Quartet, Adam Golka, the Augusta Symphony Bach Rocks! Quartet, and performances by Augusta Symphony principal musicians. These lecture-demonstrations are scheduled to reach over 10,000 elementary age students in the CSRA. Augusta Symphony musicians will also visit Boys and Girls Clubs of the CSRA and The Charlie Norwood VAMC. The extraordinary skill and talent of these artists provides students the opportunity to participate in a once in a lifetime musical experience.
Discovery Children’s Concerts
On Thursday, October 19 at 10:30am, Augusta Symphony presented Cirque de la Symphonie’s “Spooktacular” for the annual Discovery Children’s Concert series. Presenting aerial flyers, acrobats, jugglers, and strongmen, this concert featured daring choreography with live orchestral music, and a spooky twist. This concert, specifically geared to students, focused not only on the musical expertise of the orchestra and physical strength of the performers, but on inspiring youth to express themselves and work to achieve their own goals.
Educators and students participating in this program received educational materials prior to the event to utilize in their classroom to make the experience more meaningful. With the help of generous grants, Augusta Symphony presented these school-day performances at no cost to the schools and only required prior registration to attend.
Through this series—which began in 1989—Augusta Symphony aims to support existing education programs, strengthen its partnerships with local schools, and provide the highest quality curricula, resources, professional development, and support to area educators.
Please check back for information about what the 2018-19 Season Discovery Concert will be.