Teaching & Outreach
The Symphony of the Americas is proud to lend a partnership hand to many young musicians and musical organizations in Broward County. Professional musicians provide mentorship to young musicians on a weekly basis; student musicians have the opportunity to perform side-by-side with seasoned members of the Symphony and attend orchestral rehearsals; scholarships are given; young students are introduced to orchestral instruments and can experiment with producing sound on a one-to-one basis; students throughout Broward are exposed to LIVE orchestral performances in a theater setting – at specially reduced ticket prices, some, for the first time in their lives….and many have the opportunity for an “up-close” examination of the workings backstage and just what goes into an orchestral production. This is all a part of the Symphony’s Teaching & Outreach.One such partnership is with the Vivace Heritage Youth Orchestra and Changing Directions 4 Youth and Families in Pompano Beach, Florida. Marie Manuel, the program’s director, guides the dedicated group of students ages eight to seventeen who come from a geographic range of Pembroke Pines to Deerfield Beach. They are a multi-cultural group including African Americans, Puerto Ricans , Haitians, Dominicans and Americans. The youth orchestra has two divisions — the intermediate and the advanced orchestra, and also focuses more in depth study as a music camp during the summer. These students, most of whom play on borrowed instruments, are mentored by professional string musicians of the Symphony of the Americas. Some will graduate high school soon, and will continue their musical studies as they enter college.