El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra scores $10,000 through Facebook contest

Posted on: February 2, 2010

In Sunday’s (1/31) El Paso Times (Texas), Doug Pullen reports, “The El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras got some seriously good news going into their winter concert on Saturday—$10,000 worth. The nonprofit youth symphony finished third in the Clorox Clean-Up $10,000 Power a Bright Future contest, which was conducted on Facebook, the social networking site. The 223-member youth orchestra was one of five finalists that will receive the grants and will be featured in a one-page advertisement in the April 30 issue of People magazine. … The money, combined with other fundraising efforts launched this season, will go a long way toward letting the program maintain and possibly expand its offerings, said Andy Moran, its music director and conductor. ‘It gives us the opportunity to think about some new programs we might want to start up to get more people involved with our organization,’ Moran said. ‘We don’t have our hands tied so much.’ ”

Posted February 2, 2010