Asheville Symphony helps kids try hands at composing

Posted on: April 13, 2012

In Friday’s (4/13) Asheville Citizen-Times (North Carolina), Julie Bell writes, “Inside the theater at Haw Creek Elementary School dozens of arms and hands are stretched about as high as they can go. Students are anxious for a chance to try their hand composing using a series of squiggly lines, dots and Xs. Musicians from the Asheville Symphony make sense of these lines and dots, playing each new composition for the students. It’s all part of the Symphony Guild’s Music in the Schools program, which sends Asheville Symphony musicians into elementary schools. This week, musicians are at nine schools, talking about their instruments and classical music. ‘We get to share our music with these kids who hopefully will become musicians themselves—and become audiences,’ said Kara Poorbaugh, viola player with the Asheville Symphony and one of the musicians talking to students at Haw Creek Elementary on Wednesday. … The Asheville Symphony Guild program has expanded considerably since its inception, according to Joyce Weinberg, a member of the guild’s Music in the Schools committee. … ‘The goal is to reach every school child in Buncombe County and the Asheville City Schools,’ said Daniel Meyer, Asheville Symphony music director and conductor.”

Posted April 13, 2012