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The Outreach Program

T2 at West Street During the 1991-92 season, Geneva Concerts began an educational outreach program which continues to grow. In recent seasons we have reached more than 1,000 school children annually. This program helps to build our future audience base by exposing our children to a wide variety of concert and dance performances and it assists the Arts-in-Education programs for Geneva and the surrounding school districts by providing high-quality performers for school programs.

Free Sponsor-A-Student Tickets

Each year, our members generously provide funds for our Sponsor-A-Student program which provides free tickets to all children through high school. Tickets are available at the box office on the night of the concert.

Movement workshops during gym classes for elementary students at both North Street and West Street Elementary Schools in Geneva (Fall 2008) lead by Taylor 2 Dance Company.

Photo courtesy of Spencer Tullis, The Finger Lakes Times.


Outreach During the 2009–2010 Season

Ballet Jörgen Master Class

Friday Afternoon October 23, 2009

Ballet Jörgen (Canada) Master Class

At Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Tara Butler, Ballet Jörgen's principcal ballerina who would danced the title role in Anastasia the following evening at the Smith Opera House, directed a 90-minute Master Class for 23 Hobart and William Smith dance students. The class provided students ample opportunity for one-on-one interaction with one of Canada's leading ballerinas. 725 students and 65 staff who attended the Koresh lec/dem at GHS this morning.

Photo courtesy of Spencer Tullis, The Finger Lakes Times.

Ballet Jörgen Community Class

Friday Evening October 23, 2009

Ballet Jörgen (Canada) Community Master Class

Preston McBain, the Assistant to the Artistic Director for Ballet Jörgen, led a 90-minute master class for 13 community members at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The target audience for the event was intermediate to advanced dancers from the Geneva area. As the photo below indicates, the 90-minute class was a rare opportunity for area students to interact with international artists and learn about dance technique in a first-hand way.

Four Geneva students were selected from this group to dance with the company in its performance of Anastasia the next evening at the Smith Opera House. The students participated in a special rehearsal led by Cristina Tucciarone (who danced the role of Tsaritsa Alexandra Fyorodovna in the ballet) on Saturday at the Opera House.



Burning River Brass

Friday and Saturday, November 20 and 21, 2009

Burning River Brass

At The Geneva Middle School

On Friday November 20 Burning River Brass performed for all students and staff at the Geneva Middle School and the members of the Geneva High School Band. They played several selections and also did a brief explanation of each of the instruments, with a short demonstration of each.


On Saturday morning November 21, the twelve members of Burning River Brass held a clinic for student brass musicians at the Geneva High School Band Room. The clinic began listening to Burning River Brass play two pieces: Ave Maria by Anton Bruckner and Heroic Fanfare by Anthony DiLorenzo.

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The musicians then split into five breakout sessions by instrument held in nearby classrooms:

After practicing in the breakout sessions, the students reassembled in the band room and played through an inspired version of Heroic Fanfare with the members of Burning River Brass. (See photo on left above.)

SSO String Quartet

Thursday January 21, 2010

Syracuse Symphony String Quartet

At North Street School

On Thursday January 21, the Syracuse Symphony String Quartet gave two demonstration-performances at North Street School for all students and staff. One of the teachers at North Street wrote: "I think the students enjoyed the performances. It was great reinforcement to an orchestral unit they are studying now or have studied in the past. It is also good for them to have experience being an audience."

Student comments included:

Participation Summary: 374 students in grades 3 through 5 and 35 teachers and aides.


Outreach activities during the 2009-2010 concert season were underwritten by a grant from the Wyckoff Family Foundation, and by additional support from the Williams Family Foundation, the Rotary Club of Geneva, NY, and the members of Geneva Concerts. Thanks!

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Outreach During the 2008–2009 Season

T2 at West Street

September 8–26, 2008

Taylor 2 Dance Company

Residency in Geneva

In September 2008, Geneva Concerts hosted a three-week residency of the Taylor 2 Dance Company in support of a performance by the Paul Taylor Dance Company on September 20, 2008. From September 8 Through September 26, Taylor 2 reached virtually all children in the Geneva School District and all children in the Romulus, NY Middle and High Schools. Taylor 2 offered lecture-demonstrations and/or taught classes throughout Geneva and surrounding communities. Our goal was to provide a unique and meaningful dance experience for every public school child in Geneva, reaching students through their gym classes, master classes, and performances.

Taylor 2 held movement workshops during gym classes for elementary students at both North Street and West Street Elementary Schools in Geneva and gave lecture-demonstrations movement classes and a master class for the students of Geneva Middle and High Schools. In addition, Taylor 2 spent a day at the Romulus Central School District, performing a lecture-demonstration for all students in grades 5 through 12 and a workshop for selected middle and high school students.

Photo courtesy of Spencer Tullis, The Finger Lakes Times.



T2 at the Geneva Y

T2 at West Street

Taylor 2 also taught community-based classes. At the Geneva YMCA, Taylor 2 led a movement class for a group of active seniors called "The Silver Sneakers." (See photo above.) Geneva Concerts also sponsored two Taylor 2 movement classes for young people at the Boys and Girls Club of Geneva.

At Hobart and William Smith Colleges, there were 17 classes and workshops ranging from Beginning Modern Dance to Advanced Ballet, Jazz Dance, and Movement for Athletes. The highlight was an extended 9-class session with selected HWS Dance students to learn Paul Taylor technique and repertory that ended with a public showing by both Taylor 2 and the students. Additionally at Keuka College (Keuka Park, NY) Taylor 2 led Intro to Dance and Movement Classes.

The entire project involved 35 events at 11 different locations and reached more than 4,000 people. In all there were more than 2,900 contacts with youths under the age of 18 during the residency. Additionally, there were more than 600 individual contacts with college students during the residency.

The residency also provided space and substantial creative time for Taylor 2 to learn Paul Taylor's Post Meridian. During the residency Taylor 2 appeared on Channel 13 WHAM (ABC television affiliate) in Rochester, NY.

Photo courtesy of Spencer Tullis, The Finger Lakes Times.

These activities were underwritten by major grants from the National Endoment for the Arts, The John Ben Snow Foundation, and the Wyckoff Family Foundation, and by additional support from the Williams Family Foundation, the Rotary Club of Geneva, NY, and the members of Geneva Concerts. Thanks!

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Outreach During the 2007–2008 Season

Diva Jazz

Friday, 22 September 2007

DIVA Jazz Orchestra

Performance for the
Geneva Middle School

DIVA is an all-female concert jazz orchestra steeped based in New York City that plays contemporary, mainstream big band jazz composed and arranged both by band members and other renowned writers. DIVA performed a concert for all students and staff at GMS. Students were enthusiastic in their appreciation of the music they heard.

After the concert, six members of the DIVA participated in clinics and workshops for 42 student musicians at GMS. Students were able to learn new techniques and engage the musicians in informal discussion. To learn more about this outreach, read the story World-Renowned Jazz Group Hits High Note In Geneva that appeared in the Finger Lakes Times.


These activities were underwritten by grants from the Wyckoff Family Foundation, the Williams Family Foundation, and by contributions from the supporters of Geneva Concerts. Thanks!

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Philadanco Philadanco Philadanco

Friday, 26 October 2007

Philadanco

Performance at
Geneva High School

The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco), founded by Joan Myers Brown in 1970, is a modern contemporary dance company that tours nationally and internationally. For 38 years, the company has traveled the country and the world performing before sold-out audiences. A major aspect of their mission has been to create outreach programs to present to diverse audiences of all ages.

At GHS Philadanco's outreach program had two components. The first was a a lecture-demonstration (see photo to the left) for the entire high school and staff that included audience participation.

The second part of the program was a master class for approximately 30 pre-selected high school students interested in dance. Students were able to work closely with members of the dance company and literally get "hands on" experience. After the outreach session students, members of Philadanco spent some additional time talking with students.

These activities were underwritten by major grants from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, major grant from the Wyckoff Family Foundation, and the contributions of the supporters of Geneva Concerts. Thanks!

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SSO Brass

Monday, 12 May 2008

Syracuse Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet

Performance at
North Street and West Street Elementary Schools

The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet performed assembly concerts at both North Street and West Street Schools, the latter shown in the photo below. Students from grades two through five attended.



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Each of the musicians made a very effective presentation on the history of their instrument, and how the sound is made.

The beauty of the classical music excerpts by composers such as J.S. Bach gave the students a chance to experience the inspiration of great classical music. The wonderful sound these musicians achieved on their instruments, including two trumpets, French horn, trombone, and tuba, captured the interest of the students.

At each school a student was selected to "conduct" the quintet. The principal trumpet player, George Coble, gave them instructions on a variety of hand motions, high, low, sharp pointing action, and smooth hand motion, etc. Each motion would signal the musicians to play in a different style, volume, etc. It was exciting for the student selected and fun for those watching.


These activities were underwritten by grants from the Wyckoff Family Foundation, the Williams Family Foundation, and by contributions from the supporters of Geneva Concerts. Thanks!

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Outreach During the 2006–2007 Season

SSO Percussion Ensemble

Monday, 6 November 2006

Syracuse Symphony Percussion Ensemble

Performances for Geneva Middle School
And Geneva High School

The Syracuse Symphony Percussion Ensemble consists of four SSO musicians performing on over thirty percussion instruments. Their upbeat performance included an interesting mix of music and rhythms with origins in societies from Africa to Latin America. Geneva Concerts sponsored two performances by the ensemble for students in the Geneva City School District as part of our ongoing effort to expose area students to great music and dance performances. The two assembly concerts took place in the rennovated GMS / GHS auditorium, one for all Geneva Middle School students, and the second for all Geneva High School students. Approximately 1450 students and staff attended.


GHS and Cantus

Friday, 20 January 2007

Cantus Rehearsal and Performance

With the Geneva High School Varsity Singers

Twenty-two embers of the Geneva High School Varsity Singers and their director Linda Allen were treated to a one-hour rehearsal with the vocal male ensemble "Cantus" Saturday afternoon before the group's evening performance at the Smith Opera House. Cantus, one of the few full-time vocal ensembles in the world, tours coast-to-coast performing contemporary pieces, art songs, early and world music and pop. The Varsity Singers joined the group on stage Saturday night to perform a Native American piece called "Oolichan."

Photo courtesy of Lauren Long, The Finger Lakes Times.



GHS and Cantus Cantus and the Geneva High School Varsity Singers just before their combined performance of "Oolichan" at the Smith Opera House.

Photo courtesy of Joan McClure.




SSO Wind Quintet

Monday, 29 January 2007

Syracuse Symphony Wind Quintet

Performances for North Street Elementary School
And West Street Elementary School

The Syracuse Symphony Wind Quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn) presented two assemblies, one at each of the Geneva public elementary schools. The musicians presented engaging demonstrations of the principles of sound production on each instrument, illustrating how vibrating air produces the distinctive sound for each. Not only was this demonstrated on their actual instruments, but on common objects from around the house. The vibrating air produced by blowing across the embouchure hole was demonstrated by using three bottles of various sizes. The single vibrating reed of a clarinet was demonstrated by putting a thin strip of newspaper between one's thumbs and blowing, much like is done with a blade of grass. The vibrations of a double reed instrument such as the oboe, English horn, or bassoon, were illustrated using a paper straw with an end flattened and sides trimmed to make a V-shape.

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With a French horn (not a woodwind!), the vibrations are made by buzzing the lips. This was illustrated by playing an actual cow's horn and then an 18 foot garden hose (!) with a funnel on the end. Once the hose was coiled, it looked remarkably like a French horn.

The music selections were inspiring excerpts from classical music repertoire, and special arrangements that demonstrated the special sound of each instrument. Included were: a Mozart rondo (with "Pop Goes the Weasel" slipped in), an Irish jig, an arrangement of the Beatles' "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", a rendition of "Happy Birthday" in five styles (straight, rag, waltz, dirge, and march), among others. Approximately 550 students and 60 staff enjoyed the events and were engaged during the entire event.




Vizzutti Rehearsal

Friday, 20 April 2007

Allen Vizzutti, Trumpet

Band Workshop and Clinic
at Geneva High School

The first part of the outreach with Allen Vizzutti focused on the Geneva High School Band. Prior to his visit in April, Geneva Concerts purchased copies of Vizzutti's "American Jazz Suite" for band and solo trumpet. The GHS Band prepared the piece in advance of Mr. Vizzutti's visit.

Mr. Vizzutti rehearsed his composition with the GHS band during their regular band rehearsal period and played the solo trumpet part. Approximately 70 students in the GHS band were involved in the band rehearsal.



Rehearsal Trombones

"American Jazz Suite" will be featured during the GHS Band's Spring Concert. During the practice session, Mr. Vizzutti discussed the solo trumpet part with the student who will play it later at the Spring Concert.

With his easy manner, he quickly developed a rapport with the members of the band.



Rehearsal Clinic

Later, approximately 40 students from both the middle and high school bands, as well as a few students from other schools and several adults attended an after-school brass clinic with Mr. Vizzutti.

Using a few simple breathing exercises, he worked on getting the students play with a more "full" and sustained sound.

To learn more about this outreach, read the story Playing with the Best that appeared in the Finger Lakes Times.



The outreach activities for entire 2006–2007 season were underwritten by grants from the Wyckoff Family Foundation, the Williams Family Foundation, and by contributions from the supporters of Geneva Concerts. Thanks!

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Outreach During the 2005–2006 Season

Masters of Caribbean Music

Monday, 14 November 2005

Masters of Caribbean Music

Performance for North and West Street
Elementary Schools and the
Geneva Middle School

Masters of Caribbean Music explored the musical ideas, influences, and relationships in the cultures of the Caribbean Basin bringing to the stage a variety of musical forms representing the rich heritage of Caribbean communities in the U.S. The Puerto Rican ensemble Ecos de Borinquén is shown performing. Three traditions were featured: Puerto Rican jíbaro, Trinidadian calypso, and Haitian twoubadou, reflecting the complex, multicultural histories and cultures of the region. The outreach consisted school-time performances on November 14, 2005 for grades 3, 4, and 5, from both West Street and North Street Schools and a performance for all Geneva Middle School students. Students had an opportunity to meet the artists after the performances.

Comments from the Middle School students included:

Fagan at North St

13–17 February 2006

Garth Fagan Dance Residency

Garth Fagan Dance is one of the premiere modern dance companies in the world. The Company performs nationally and internationally each year, receiving the highest critical acclaim for its groundbreaking work. The company reaches audiences across all cultural, racial, and socioeconomic boundaries.



Fagan at West St Geneva Concerts was able to schedule a week-long residency with the company during mid-February . The length of the residency allowed for a richer series of interactions between students and the artists. The dancers worked with 14 individual elementary school classes over a period of four days. This was followed by a full company lecture-demonstration for all high school students and faculty. As the photos indicate, students were able to work closely with dancers throughout the residency

One teacher commented: "My students loved the Garth Fagan Dance workshop. Not only did they enjoy seeing professional dancers, but were thrilled that they were able to participate, move, and dance with them. They thought it was fantastic. The workshop was very valuable."

A Geneva High School student wrote: "The performance was cool. It was pretty valuable because we got to experience a different dance style." Another student commented: "I thought the dancers were amazing and talented. I greatly admire their skill and dedication."

The residency ended with a lecture-demonstration at Geneva High School and a Master Class for dance students at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

In total approximately 1225 students were reached during the residency.



These activities were underwritten by a major grant from were underwritten by a major grant from the Wyckoff Family Foundation, with additional support from the Department of Dance at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and contributions from the supporters of Geneva Concerts. Thanks!

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Williams logo HWS logo Wyckoff logo GC logo This series is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Williams Family Foundation, by a continuing subscription from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, by a grant from the Wyckoff Family Foundation, and by the friends of Geneva Concerts. For additional information contact info@genevaconcerts.org.

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