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Cape Ann Symphony

I loved the concert … and hope that next year in middle school we will be able to see another concert with different music and maybe even a piece that Rossini wrote. I myself am Italian and know a pasta dish that is named after Rossini. It’s called “Rossini with Sauce” and is very good especially with gooey cheese. Thank you for inviting us to see you perform and play music.

– K. C.

Thank you for performing for us. I wish there was more. I like how you all were on the same beat. The conductor must have been really tired after the performance.

– Samantha

I liked the concert a lot. My favorite was the William Tell Overture. Right now I’m playing the snare drum. Like you said, my parents didn’t really want me to. I wonder what it is like to be a conductor.

– Oliver

The concert was magnificent. This was my first time going to a symphony and it was an amazing experience. Say hello to everybody at the Cape Ann Symphony and please tell them they sounded peaceful, sounded calm and sounded proud.

– Katie

I loved the way that you talked to the audience. My favorite song that you played was the Overture of 1812 because number one, I saw our pictures on the big screen, number two the sounds were really cool and number three, because you played it really good and the booming and crashing sounds were entertaining….I bet, soon, you will be really famous. Then you can write your own songs and maybe even become composers! I think you played like white doves… then like a swooping eagle. Thank you so much.

– Emily

Yoichi Udagawa, you were awesome conducting. Very cool.

– Toni

Yoichi Udagawa was the best conductor I had ever seen in my ten year old life! My favorite part of the concert was when you showed the kid’s drawings.

– Michael

I really want to be in the band because of you guys. I really want to be in the symphony when I grow up and play the violin. Thank you Cape Ann Symphony.

– Connor

Thank you for coming to our school to show us about the string, brass and woodwind instruments… The performance was better than last year no offense. It’s a little strange that my doctor was in the concert. Thanks for inviting us.

– Alison

I liked the William Tell Overture the best of all the songs you played. I cannot pick a favorite instrument since you sounded the best when you all played together!!!! I cannot wait until next year to hear you guys play again! You probably make the people in our school who play instruments jealous.

– Tyler

Thanks for the pieces of music you performed. You played like an orchestra with genuine musical talent!...

– Will

Thank you very much for inviting our 4th Grade classes to the symphony. That was the greatest symphony I have ever been to! I loved the song “Star Spangled Banner”, and I couldn’t believe that no one made a mistake. I am going to ask my parents if we could go to another symphony…

– Eve

Thanks for inviting me to your concert. I loved it. I really liked the woodwinds. I playthe clarinet myself. I don’t know a lot of notes, but you gave me hope. I really liked the past song. It was very fun watching you people play. Thank you.

– Livvy

I loved the symphony so much I want to come again. I like all of the instruments and I liked all of the songs you guys played.

– Thad

I think it is amazing how the people on the violin can move their bows so fast.

– Kate

Thank you so much for coming to Fuller and letting us hear you. I enjoyed it a lot, however my favorite part was the 1812 Overture because of the beat of it. Also if I was to play (an instrument), I would like to play the cello.”

– Alyssa

Marvelous violas Ultimate trumpets
 Surprisingly good composer
 Implausibly wonderful drums
 Classy clarinets Super melodies Tiring tempo
 Really tired fingers
 Incredible notes
 Never ending movements
 Great music

– Seiken

Youth Outreach Initiative

Since the founding of the Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra in 1952, the organization has had a strong and growing connection with area schools. 

June, 1952:  Music teacher and pianist Harold Collins wrote in The Gloucester Daily Times:

“Let us continue our support, both financial and moral, to this great civic endeavor.  We already have the orchestra. Let us work to make it one of artistic perfection which will be a joy to everyone in this community.”

The tone was set immediately, in 1953.  It began when three orchestra members, Mrs. Aino Clarke, Mrs. Helen Gordon, and Miss June Spaulding gave lessons in violin, viola, and cello to more than 35 school children from local schools. Also that year,personal contributions from the trustees of the Cape Ann Civic Symphony enabled the High School’s ROTC to travel to Washington, DC for the Inaugural parade; trumpeter Sylvester Ahola presented a program on the trumpet and its history from Bible times to the present day, and 16-year-old Rosalind Calder made her CAS debut as a violinist with the orchestra, the youngest player in the Symphony.

In 1982, concerts specifically for children began.  Called KinderKonzert, these were held at Gloucester High School and included music from Mary Poppins, E.T. and Annie. In 1984, the concerts, now called Cape Ann Youth Concerts, presented Peter and the Wolf, narrated by Chester Roberts and conducted by Royston Nash, followed in later years by visits from Big Bird and Marco the Magician.

In 1988, the concert included lessons in conducting and in 1989, orchestra musicians began visiting the schools for special presentations, going to schools on Cape Ann, in Essex and in Manchester.  In 1989 the Youth Chorus joined the Cape Ann Symphony for the year-end Holiday Concerts, that included a performance of Handel’s Messiah in 1990.

Bruce Bradshaw became the Program Director of the Cape Ann Symphony Youth Initiative in 2004, since which time it has grown to include a total of 13 area schools and continues to expand and thrive.

The Youth Outreach Program was created to bring education and awareness of classical music, and the joy of playing an instrument, to the Cape Ann area’s students.   Teachers in participating classes are given a comprehensive packet of materials, as well as a CD of the pieces to be played at the concert, to use with their students in preparation for the visits by orchestra members.  Members of the Symphony — including soloists, orchestra players and Music Director Yoichi Udagawa -- visit schools to demonstrate musical instruments.   The classes then attend a special concert based on what they have been learning.



Bruce Bradshaw is a life-long educator and musician, receiving his degree in Music/Musicology from Rutgers University, and MA in Music Education from Columbia University.  For 34 years he administered and taught in the Piscataway, NJ, school district, with the French horn as the principal instrument, before becoming district coordinator of K-12 music.

Bruce was the founder and director of the multi-award winning Piscataway High School Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, as well as co-director of the championship Superchief Marching Band. The Marching Band toured in Ireland, has been the subject of PBS documentaries and marched in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade four times.

After moving to Gloucester with his wife Joan — also a music teacher — in 1990, Bruce became Coordinator and Director of the Youth Music Outreach for Cape Ann Symphony in 2004, and served on the Board from 2005-2006.  His son, Robert, a noted composer, and has received several world premieres by Cape Ann Symphony, notably the very popular Katy and the Big Snow.

For further information on the Youth Initiative Program, please contact Bruce Bradshaw at