Music Academy of the West, connecting children from low-income families with music

Posted on: June 29, 2016

“More than 300 kids will visit the Music Academy of the West and watch an exclusive premiere of an opera,” reports Vicky Nguyen on Monday (6/27) at ABC affiliate KEYT (Santa Barbara, CA). “The students are part of a United Way summer program called Fun in the Sun. The children were hand-selected by school officials. Most of the kids are from low-income families…. Said Paul Didier, the president and CEO of United Way of Santa Barbara County … 25% of the students have family members in jail. The Fun in the Sun program gives chance to have a productive and educational summer. On Monday, students ages 6 to 13 visited the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. They enjoyed an hour-long opera performance. ‘They were singing loud and fast, but I understand some of it,’ said Destiny Serafin, a 10-year-old from Santa Ynez.” Included is a short video about the program including commentary from Scott Reed, president and CEO of Music Academy of the West.

Posted June 29, 2016