Santa Rosa Symphony to partner with Carnegie, Sonoma State on education

Posted on: May 31, 2012

In Thursday’s (5/31) Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, California), Diane Peterson writes, “Financier and philanthropist Sandy Weill and his wife, Joan, on Wednesday announced a new educational partnership between Sonoma State University and New York’s Carnegie Hall, scheduled to begin in June 2013. In conjunction with the SSU program, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute also announced a partnership with the Santa Rosa Symphony to help support a new, five-year education program for underprivileged youth starting in the 2013-2014 season. ‘We’re going to launch a program called “Simply Strings,” ’ said Alan Silow, executive director of the Santa Rosa Symphony, who was in New York for the announcement. ‘We’ll be choosing an elementary school in Sonoma County that serves underprivileged kids.’ The education program is inspired by El Sistema, a free music program for mostly impoverished youth founded in 1975 in Venezuela. … The symphony will also work with Carnegie Hall’s Link Up program, which will provide the repertoire and teaching materials for students in third through fifth grade to learn a piece of music on the recorder. Silow estimated that the symphony would have to raise about $100,000 to support the first year of both programs.”

Posted May 31, 2012