The Symphony’s Youth Outreach Initiative, one of our ongoing community-focused programs

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

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.

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