Featured in the June-July issue of Durham Magazine, devoted to “35 inspiring women,” is Katie Wyatt, executive director of KidZNotes, the El Sistema-inspired music education initiative she founded in Durham, North Carolina. In the profile, Wyatt says, “I knew we would do well, but I didn’t realize that I was going to have to double the program size from year one to year two, and then double it again from year two to year three in order to keep up with the demand…. It’s really important to us that we’re creating the highest level of classical music in the neighborhoods where our families live. We teach after school in five Title 1 schools…. And when guests come—Grant Llewellyn with the N.C. Symphony, cellist Zuill Bailey, Brooklyn Rider, the string quartet that Carolina Performing Arts brought—they all go to East Durham.” Wyatt says the most important aspect of what KidZNotes provides is “character development. It’s instilling in these kids a veracious curiosity for life and the desire to push themselves to do better all the time.” Read Wyatt’s first-person story about the Sistema Fellows Program in the January-February 2010 issue of Symphony. Also look for an article about U.S.-based programs inspired by El Sistema in the Summer issue of Symphony.
Posted June 17, 2013