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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 2004–2005 Season

COK at North Street

Thursday Morning, 18 November 2004

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin

Performance for North Street
Elementary School

The Chamber Orchestra Kremlin performed at Geneva's two public elementary schools and the middle school. The conductor, Misha Rachlevsky, interacted with the students, asking questions about how they felt about the compositions that were played. Two highlights were having several students conduct the ensemble. They were shown that the musicians would follow the tempo and other gestures from the student. This was superbly effective in showing the role of a conductor and was entertaining and exciting for the kids.

One third grade student wrote: "I learned the conductor can choose the tempo. I also learned the conductor told the musicians just about everything they needed to know."

Photo courtesy of Spencer Tulis, The Finger Lakes Times.

COK at West Street

Thursday Afternoon, 18 November 2004

Performance for West Street Elementary School

The other activity besides just the great music that they played was having the kids "dance," that is, make movements where they were seated, to a "Hoe Down" fiddle tune. The students just loved it. After it started, the conductor invited several individuals up to the front of the stage where they danced. Both of these events were perfect and showed that classical music and string instrument playing can be beautiful and fun.

Another third grader wrote: "I liked it when the tempo was fast. I liked listening to the violins. Russians are very good musicians. Music makes us feel emotions." One of the teachers wrote: "The value to the students was immense as so many of them have never had the opportunity for such a musical experience."



COK at GMS

Friday Afternoon, 19 November 2004

Performance for Geneva Middle School

A similar performance, geared for slightly older students, took place at the Geneva Middle School (grades 6, 7, and 8) on Friday, November 19. Several selections were played and the conductor engaged the students with questions. The fantastic quality sound in the new middle school auditorium and the superb playing of the ensemble made a strong impression on the students.

These activities were underwritten by a major grant from the Wyckoff Family Foundation with additional contributions from the supporters of Geneva Concerts. Thanks!

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Leonhardt at GHS

Friday Morning, 1 October 2004

David Leonhardt Quartet and Shelley Oliver Dancers

Performance for Geneva High School

On 1 October 2004, the Dave Leonhardt Quartet and the Shelley Oliver Dancers presented a performance entitled "What is Jazz?" to the entire Geneva High School. Through music and jazz tap dancing, the performers demonstrated the improvisation techniques that are integral to this most American of art forms.


Master Class photo

Friday Afternoon, 1 October 2004

Master Class with Shelley Oliver

After the outreach event at the Geneva Middle and High School, Shelley Oliver led a master class at Hobart and William Smith Colleges for more than 20 students in the Department of Dance. A noted dance educator Ms. Oliver teaches jazztap at Muhlenberg College, choreographs for the theater, and is Director of the Muhlenberg Jazz Tap Ensemble. She has conducted work shops and residencies for Lincoln Center, New York City Public Schools and universities through out the United States.


Master Class photo

Friday Afternoon, 1 October 2004

Workshop with the David Leonhardt Quartet

After the morning performance at the Geneva Middle and High School, Dave Leonhardt and the members of his quartet led a workshop for the members of the Geneva Middle and High School Jazz Bands. Here he discusses and then demonstrates improvisation with the students. Mr. Leonhardt has been a jazz educator for over twenty-five years presenting workshops and leading clinics with his own ensemble in the United States and internationally.



These activities were underwritten by major grants from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour and the Wyckoff Family Foundation with additional support from the Department of Dance at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and the contributions of the supporters of Geneva Concerts. Thanks!

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Outreach During the 2003–2004 Season

Velveteen Rabbit photo

Friday Morning, 7 November 2003

Ballet Jörgen "The Velveteen Rabbit"

On November 7, 2003, Geneva Concerts hosted a school-time performance by Ballet Jörgen of Toronto for the elementary school children of Geneva and the surrounding area of The Velveteen Rabbit. The performance was held at the Smith Opera House and over 1200 students attended the event. With special funding that Geneva Concerts raised for this event, all of the more than 600 third, fourth, and fifth grade students from Geneva's public schools were able to attend the performance free of charge.

Based on the classic children's book by Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit tells the story of a young boy and his love for a stuffed rabbit that comes to life. The performance began and concluded with interactive and educational activities that help young audiences see how dance and movement tell a story.



Velveteen Rabbit SOH
North Street Elementary School and West Street Elementary School, Geneva, Grades 3–5 698
Waterloo & Border City Elementary School 46
Seneca Falls Elementary Schools 120
St. Francis'–St. Stephen's, St. Michael's, and St. Patrick's Elementary Schools 100
Lyons Elementary School 103
North Rose-Wolcott Elementary School 24
Home School Students from as far away as Batavia 46
Daycare students 58
Other Children 13
Teachers and Other Adults 45
Total Attendance 1,253




Velveteen Rabbit Drawing

Why We Do It: The Students Respond

Students from a local third grade class were enthusiastic about the performance. They made drawings and wrote notes to the dancers, some of which are reproduced (exactly) below.



Master Class photo

Friday Afternoon, 7 November 2003

Master Class with Bengt Jörgen

On the afternoon of November 7, 2003, Director Bengt Jörgen led a master class at Hobart and William Smith Colleges for 20 students in the Department of Dance.

The next evening, November 8, 2003, more than 700 patrons were in the audience for Ballet Jörgen's spirited performance of the comedic ballet Coppélia at the Smith Opera House.

Photo courtesy of Spencer Tulis, The Finger Lakes Times.

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

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Chorus and Ensemble Photos

Friday Afternoon and Evening, 27 February 2004

The Swingle Singers

with The Geneva High School
Women's Chorus & Men's Ensemble

The Swingle Singers are an eight-voice a cappella group that has been performing around the world since 1963. They have recorded nearly 50 albums with a repertoire that ranges from the baroque and Bach, to the Beatles and jazz. Several contemporary composers have written music specifically for their unique vocal style.

At the Swingle Singers concert in Geneva on February 27, 2004, The Geneva High School Women's Chorus was conducted by Joanna Forbes, the music director for the Swingle Singers, and performed "Amazing Grace." The Women's Chorus and the Men's Ensemble then performed a rousing version "I'll Be There for You" with the Swingle Singers.

The Geneva High School Women's Chorus is in its fourth year of existence. Membership is by audition only and the group attracts students who want to work at an advanced musical level. The small size of the chorus and the intensity of the rehearsals provide a musical and emotional intimacy for the members that is both moving and fulfilling. At last spring's New York State School Music Association's Major Ensembles Festival, the girls earned a Level VI Gold with Distinction rating. This is the highest level of accomplishment possible on the most difficult music available. This coveted rating is awarded to only a few choirs in New York State.

The Geneva High School Men's Ensemble is a select group that performs pop and lighter musical selections. The ensemble gives the boys a chance to work on close harmonies and vocal independence. Men's Ensemble is not a part of the curricular day, so the members sacrifice precious after school time to rehearse. The boys frequently embellish their performances with humor, making them a favorite at the GHS concerts.

Linda M. Allen is a Geneva native. She received her Bachelors in Music Education with a concentration in piano from the Crane School of Music. As a teaching assistant, she received her Masters Degree in Choral and Instrumental Conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi. This is her seventh year as Choral Director at Geneva High School. She directs the Concert Chorus, the Women's Chorus, and the Men's Ensemble, along with teaching keyboard class and acting as musical director for the GHS stage productions.

Chorus and Ensemble Photos Working with the Swingle Singers was a unique outreach opportunity for the singers from Geneva High School. Music was sent to the chorus and ensemble about six weeks in advance of the performance. On the day of the performance, the chorus worked and rehearsed with the Swingle Singers (shown above). It was an ideal opportunity for young singers, especially those considering a career in music, to experience performing with a professional ensemble. Thanks to Linda Allen, director of vocal music at Geneva High School, for preparing her students so well. She writes:

"The kids were so thrilled with their experience! Students are involved in so many activities that sometimes they don't appreciate an opportunity like this. Before the concert some were looking at this like just one more thing they had to do. After the concert, the attitude was much different. They were excited and very thankful! Thank you so much for your help and support. The warmth of the Swingle Singers and the positive reception of the audience has really gone a long way to make them feel welcome. I'm hoping that more will take advantage of the free student tickets from now on. Thanks again!"

(Photos courtesy of Lauren Long, The Finger Lakes Times.)



This project were underwritten by a major grant from the Wyckoff Family Foundation, donation of services by the Geneva Lakefront Ramada Inn, and additional contributions of the supporters of Geneva Concerts. Thanks!

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Burning River & GHS

Saturday Morning, 3 April 2004

Burning River Brass Workshop

On April 3, 2004 the members of Burning River Brass held a workshop for area brass and percussion students at Geneva High School. The workshop began with Burning River playing a piece for the students entitled "Heroic Fanfare" by Anthony DiLorenzo.

The performers and students then broke up into small groups (by instrument) to learn the piece. (See photos below.)

About an hour later, the group reassembled. Burning River and the students played the piece together (fantastic!) and then the students played the piece on their own (impressive!). What a great session. (See photo to the right.)


Burning River & GHS Horns Horn players from Geneva and Seneca Falls do a run through of "Heroic Fanfare" with the horns from Burning River Brass.

Burning River & GHS Trumpets Members of the trumpet section of the GHS Band practice "Heroic Fanfare" with the trumpet players of Burning River Brass.

These projects were underwritten by a major grant from the Wyckoff Family Foundation and additional contributions of the supporters of Geneva Concerts. Thanks!

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OLMT photo

November 21–22, 2002

Orquesta La Moderna Tradición Residency

In the Fall of 2002, Geneva Concerts hosted a two-day five-event residency by the Orquesta La Moderna Tradición that was capped by their spirited performance at the Smith Opera House on November 22, 2002. More than 1,000 people participated in the outreach events.

Orquesta La Moderna Tradición is one of the few ensembles dedicated to the performance of classic Cuban dance music-son, guaracha, cha-cha-cha, and especially, the danzón. A legendary ballroom style that developed from the fusion of African and European music in Cuba, danzón blends the music of Afro-Cuban drums with the refined melodies of flute and violins. One of the most popular styles at the turn of the century, danzón led directly to the development of the cha-cha-cha and Argentinean tango. This rich mixture of dance, music, and culture provided multiple opportunities to create educational and outreach activities.

The Orquesta in the groove during a school-wide assembly at Geneva High School on November 21, 2002. Learn more about the Orquesta La Moderna Tradición Residency.


The residency by the Orquesta La Moderna Tradición was underwritten by major grants from the Wyckoff Family Foundation and the Williams Family Foundation with additional grants and in kind support from NYSEG, Tops Friendly Markets, Wegmans, the Geneva Lakefront Ramada Inn, the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Dining Services, the Departmant of Dance at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and the contributions of the supporters of Geneva Concerts. Thanks!

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Cloven Kingdom

September–October 2001

Taylor 2 Residency

In the Fall of 2001, Geneva Concerts hosted a three-week residency of the Taylor 2 Dance Company. It was Geneva Concerts' first-ever long-term residency, significantly enhancing our commitment to audience education and outreach. Our focus was on three major audience segments representing a broad cross-section of the community: Young Audiences and Schools, Special Audiences, and College Students and Faculty.

The Residency incorporated 16 sites and 57 events within a 25-mile radius of Geneva, a rural area incorporating five counties of Central New York. There were more than 6,500 contacts during the Residency, and in our particular target audiences we reached approximately 5,700 young people, 750 college students, and 90 senior citizens.

Photo by Seth Siditsky. Courtesy of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.


HWS T2 Repertory "Cloven Kingdom," a classic Taylor work reconstructed by Susan McGuire and rehearsed by Francie Huber at Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Parents' Weekend: Friday, 12 October 2001. This performance was preceded by a performance of Hobart and William Smith dancers. Dancers: Kelly Doran, Lindsey Johnson, Ashley Knowlton, Monicka Koneski, Erin Law, Kristen Magnanti (WS'01), Ashley Middleton, Megan Phillips, Susan Rainey, Laura Scott, Jessica Skovron, and Nicole Wilbur.

The residency was capped by a performance of the Paul Taylor Dance Company on October 13, 2001 at the Smith Opera House, which attracted a Geneva Concerts' record audience of 1,085 people.

Summary of Events

Geneva Concerts Taylor 2 Residency Summary
DatesTotal EventsTotal LocationsTotal Contacts
9/24/01 – 10/12/0157166,543*
Geneva Concerts Presentation of The Paul Taylor Dance Company
DateProgramLocationAttendance

10/13/01
Oh, You Kid!
Counterswarm
Esplanade
The Smith Opera House
Geneva, NY
Adults: 633
Students: 452
Total: 1,085

* May include multiple contacts with the same individual.

Geneva Concerts Taylor 2 Residency Details
AudienceEventsContacts
Youth (Total)215,784*
Geneva Boys and Girls Club228
Geneva YMCA125
Geneva Elementary School Students & Staff63,847*
Geneva Middle School Students & Staff4877
Geneva High School Students & Staff81007*
College Students (Total)30747*
Wells College269
Finger Lakes Community College120
New York Chiropractic College138
Hobart & William Smith Colleges (Total)26620*
Dance Technique Classes6 classes64*
Intro to Dance2 classes42*
Taylor Repertory Class10 classes120*
First-Year Seminars464
Movement for Athletes125
Public Performances2275
Creative Arts Improv' Jam130
Senior Citizens (Total)294
FF Thompson Farris Hills139
Geneva Living Centers155
Other445

Learn more about the Three-Week Taylor 2 Residency Fall, 2001.


The Taylor 2 Residency was made possible, in part, by funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, by a continuing subscription from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and major grants from The John Ben Snow Foundation and the Citigroup Foundation, and by the members of Geneva Concerts, the Departmant of Dance at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and the contributions of the supporters of Geneva Concerts. Thanks!

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COK at St Peter

Educational Outreach During the 2000–2001 Season

During the 2000–01 season, our Outreach Program reached more than 1,000 people. It consisted of planning and underwriting the following programs for area students:


Photo courtesy of Spencer Tulis, The Finger Lakes Times.


Educational Outreach During the 1999–2000 Season


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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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