Local high school students are practicing for what's bound to be a memorable performance.
On April 11, a combined orchestra — made up of students from Indian Hill
high schools — will perform under the conductorship of Cincinnati Pops
’ John Morris Russell.
Along the way, they’ll receive coaching from Russell, as well as from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
and Pops assistant conductors and musicians.
The concert is part of a longstanding and collaborative effort that is a key aspect of the CSO’s education and community engagement initiative.
“I’m thrilled we are continuing this collaboration for the fifth year in a row,” Russell says. “It’s a joy to see how this program has developed as well as the intense dedication of the student musicians and faculty members in rehearsing and performing together on this very special event.”
The opportunity to perform under the guidance of a top-notch and respected conductor fosters talent and discipline, says Ahmad Mayes, the CSO’s director of education and community engagement. “As the leading music organization in the region, the Orchestra embraces instrumental instruction as a tool for learning and change.”
And when students are highly engaged and inspired, they are capable of producing content that allows them to further recognize their creativity and strength.
“One of the most gratifying endeavors as Pops conductor is working in the community with music educators, developing self-discipline, creativity, teamwork and love of beauty in our students," Russell says.
• Mark your calendars for April 11. Students will perform at 7 p.m. at Indian Hill High School.
ways you can create musical opportunities for students within the classroom.
• Know a talented young musician? Check out the various opportunities
for growth offered by the CSO and Pops.