Charlotte Symphony and local public schools to fund free high school orchestra and band programs

Posted on: November 24, 2021

“A joint donation from the Charlotte Symphony and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will waive all fees for students who want to participate in the All-County Honors Orchestra and Band,” writes Jonathan Limehouse in Tuesday’s (11/23) Charlotte Observer (N.C.). “The donation aims to remove financial barriers preventing students from joining the popular honors instrumental programs, which include two middle school orchestras, one high school orchestra, and one middle school band—made up of students throughout the Mecklenburg County…. The $8,000 donation will be split evenly between the symphony and CMS…. CMS parents began paying for their students to be a part of the programs in 2020 when the district lost the funding for them, which had been provided through for more than 20 years by the 90-year-old Charlotte Concerts…. The yearlong programs … included about 770 students each year.” Said Charlotte Symphony Orchestra President and CEO David Fisk, “Encouraging and creating opportunities for the next generation of musicians and music-lovers is a huge part of the Charlotte Symphony’s mission. Financial status should never be a barrier for students to experience these vitally important music programs.”