Houston Symphony’s music-education fundraiser, plus new musician fellowship program with Shepherd School of Music

Posted on: April 29, 2021

“By Friday night’s end … the [Houston Symphony’s] … ‘Joie de Vivre: A Celebration of Wine and Music’ dinner and auction raised $553,000 and counting,” writes Gary Fountain in Saturday’s (4/24) Houston Chronicle. “Quite the accomplishment considering this year’s crowd had just over 200 guests—some 120 fewer than in 2020. The César E. Chávez High School … is one beneficiary of those funds. Its goal is to create a robust system of music education … beginning with Chávez students. About 95% are economically disadvantaged; 78 percent are Hispanic, and 21 percent are Black…. By 2028, the plan is to have three, full elementary school string programs, which feed into Ortiz Middle School and the Chávez High School…. It’s been a big week for the Symphony on the philanthropy front. On Thursday, the organization and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music announced a new pilot program: the Shepherd School-Houston Symphony Foundation Community-Embedded Musician Fellowship. One student from Rice’s graduate program will be awarded the fellowship annually; he or she will apprentice under the guidance of Symphony Community Embedded musicians and community engagement staffers to learn how to best work with children and residents from under-served communities.”