50 STORIES 50 YEARS: OKLAHOMA CITY PHILHARMONIC
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The Oklahoma City Philharmonic provides access to orchestral music and education in music performance to the Oklahoma City metro.
Society of Strings is part of the Philharmonic’s education programming and offers adults in the community the opportunity to learn a string instrument and continue learning and developing skills through participation in an orchestra.
The orchestras in which students perform contribute directly the Philharmonic’s mission “to provide inspiration and joy to the community through orchestral music.”
When the program began in 2006, 20 people participated and there were already 70 on the class waitlist. Since that inaugural violin class, viola, cello, and bass classes have been added to meet growing demand for adult music education.
And in 2007, the first adult student ensemble, Society of Strings, was formed to facilitate students’ desire to continue playing. Society of Strings was followed by two other ensembles: Encore and Bravo, each an example of the role of the arts in cultivating community involvement.
Ensembles have played at senior centers and veteran’s groups across the metro, as well as Arts Council of Oklahoma City’s Opening Night and the Festival of the Arts. Ensemble members brought many friends and family members into these events as audience members.
By the support of the Oklahoma Arts Council, the Philharmonic has expanded educational programming and simultaneously grown the reach of their mission through Society of String.
Such avenues of community development would be far less accessible without continued public funding through the Oklahoma Arts Council.
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