Stand Partners at Foundation Academies
The Stand Partners program brings together world class musicians to train and inspire honors music students. Trenton native, Michelle Djokic, cellist and a founder of the Concordia Chamber Players, guides the program. Michelle teaches master classes at the successful charter school, preparing string players for their recital at Ellarslie Mansion. At this annual event, students share the stage with professional musicians from Concordia and together, promote chamber music in Trenton. Watch the video here.
Jazz Academy at Solebury School
For five summers students from the inner city and Bucks County came together for a week of intense musical instruction, life skills seminars and fun. They were taught by Oberlin Conservatory faculty and students and jazz greats like Barry Harris.
Role modeling was key to the program’s success. Students saw that hard work made a difference for their older peers. At Solebury School they experienced a campus-like environment and started to rethink their future. Today, several students from Camden, NJ, where the high school dropout rate is 90%, have graduated from Oberlin. The Creative Arts Jazz Band program uses music as a tool to pull students from the abyss and help them cross the graduation finish line.
Water Heroes on Tour
The Environmental Club at New Hope-Solebury HS organized a multi-media and music event around World Water Day 2009. Through music and watching trailers from the documentaries, FLOW and Liquid Assets, the audience learned about water rights and conservation and went home with a reusable water bottle. Proceeds from the event were used to build two wells in Malawi, Africa. Jonathan started fundraising for PlayPumps when he was president of his high school. Watch the video Music with a Mission.
In Mexico we support Caminos de Aqua, who provide clean water access through ceramic filters, rain harvesting and monitoring. The foundation continues to teach students about our most valuable resource: water. Learn more at www.waterforpeople.org.