Owensboro Symphony’s “Compose Yourself!” program for public school students

Posted on: March 24, 2016

“Davies County Public Schools students in grades 3-8 will participate in the ‘Compose Yourself!’ program sponsored by the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra as part of the RiverPark Center’s ‘Arts Teach Kids’ series,” writes Rob Nichols on Monday (3/21) for the Owensboro Radio website. “Sessions begin at 9 and 11 a.m. Friday, March 25, at the RiverPark Center.  According to program creator James Stephenson, ‘Compose Yourself!’ is an interactive, educational and entertaining show designed to introduce children of all ages to the instruments of the symphony orchestra.’ Students from seven DCPS schools will learn about the role of the composer in creating music…. ‘Compose Yourself!’ starts with an energetic overture, conducted by [OSO Music Director] Nick Palmer, that subliminally introduces all sections and instruments of the orchestra, as well as themes that are developed throughout the work, followed by a step-by-step, humorous and educational introduction to all the families and instruments of the orchestra. As a special highlight, students will be involved in creating a short piece of music for the second half of ‘Compose Yourself!’ as they make choices in musical elements such as melody, harmony and rhythm, followed by a ‘world premiere’ performance of their composition.”

Posted March 24, 2016

Pictured: Owensboro Symphony Orchestra Music Director Nick Palmer