Volunteering in classrooms for San Diego Symphony, a labor of love

Posted on: March 15, 2016

“For Ron Bierman, the moment happened in the second grade. That’s when the Carmel Valley retiree heard Prokofiev’s children’s symphony ‘Peter and the Wolf’ and he fell hard for classical music,” writes Pam Kragen in Tuesday’s (3/15) San Diego Union Tribune. “Now, with his fellow docents from Advocates for Classical Music, he’s helping to spark that youthful love affair…. Last year, Bierman and other volunteers … visited 552 classrooms at 134 San Diego County schools…. Advocates for Classical Music was born [in 1996].… Its central mission is providing docents to lecture students on the five to six concerts presented each year by the San Diego Symphony and Classics 4 Kids.” Says Adrienne Valencia, the San Diego Symphony’s education director, “When kids are prepared to attend the concert, they know what to listen for and what to look for and they absorb so much more…. Some students in our area have never been to … places most of us take for granted.… Just bringing them out of their neighborhoods to ride a bus downtown … and hear the live orchestra with the talented musicians making music right in front of them changes the way they see the world.”

Posted March 15, 2016