New Jersey’s Bay-Atlantic Symphony is in the midst of conducting an eight-week summer camp for visually impaired children, representing the third year that program has been run in partnership with the Helen Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children in Avalon, New Jersey. Each week from mid-June through the second week in August, a musician from the Bay-Atlantic Symphony meets with children aged 5 to 12 to participate in orchestra-related activities, including creating a “Hobo band” by making wind, brass, string, and percussion instruments from items like recycled bottles, gift wrap, shoe boxes, and duct tape; playing recorders; and learning Braille musical notation. “Our philosophy is to eliminate or lower barriers to attendance to concerts, programs, and educational experiences,” said Bay-Atlantic Symphony Music Director Jed Gaylin. The Bay-Atlantic Symphony performs concerts and educational programs in Cumberland, Atlantic, Gloucester, and Cape May counties in New Jersey.
Posted July 14, 2010