Eugene Symphony partners with local NAACP to provide free music lessons for area students

Posted on: December 16, 2020

Oregon’s Eugene Symphony is partnering with Eugene/Springfield NAACP to establish the NAACP Scholarship Opportunity, available to regional BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) students, as part of Eugene Symphony’s new private-lesson program. The lessons are available to students who do not otherwise have the opportunity to take private lessons. The program will serve 34 music students in nearby school districts. Students are nominated by their school music teacher for the scholarship, which consists of eight free private lessons with a Eugene Symphony musician, as well as a stipend for lesson materials. The NAACP Scholarship Opportunity will provide the private lesson opportunity to ten additional students, specifically BIPOC students, in the region. The Eugene Symphony’s private-lesson program was established during the pandemic to continue to serve young musicians safely. The lessons take place virtually. After students have been nominated by their school music teachers, they will be selected through a process which involves input from the Eugene Symphony and Eugene/Springfield NAACP. The deadline to nominate students is Friday, December 18. Participating students will be notified in early 2021, and lessons will take place from January to April 2021. For more information, visit https://eugenesymphony.org/education/schools/private-lesson-program.