Photography of our open public concert, "We Shall Overcome," on Martin Luther King Day, January 21.
The children in our orchestra will arrive at Mayo Hall, The College of New Jersey, at 3:30, rehearse briefly, have pizza together in the Green Room, and then perform -- and lead the audience in singing -- at 5:30. It will be a beautiful celebration of unity, and the leadership and agency that Trenton children are developing as members of an orchestra.
We tell our organization's story every day: Trenton children spend their after-school time working on their musical skills, collaborating with their peers, showing leadership with younger children. We do more than limit their exposure to negative influences; we use the orchestra as an example of positive society, and give them an active role in building that society. Photographs help us to tell that story, and garner the support we need, better than any words could.
We bring children together in teams of music learners and makers, to build their minds, imagination and community. We seek to uphold and strengthen the promising elements already present in their lives: the network of caring parents and teachers, and the desire to develop skills that make them an asset to their school communities. To this we add proven curricula, access to musical instruments, the opportunity for the children to travel outside of their local environment, and instruction at no cost to children and families, provided by professional teaching artists.