Gannon University’s Erie Chamber Orchestra to Present “The ABCs of Symphonies”

Posted: March 3, 2014

Gannon University's Erie Chamber Orchestra (ECO) is presenting two in-school educational concerts at Cathedral Prep Auditorium for all students in grades K-3 from the Diocese of Erie schools. This program, entitled "The ABCs of Symphonies," will be presented free of charge to almost 1000 students on March 4 at 9:30 a.m. and at 1 p.m.

The focus of this program is to help students not only become familiar with the various families within an orchestra, but to also to help develop reading and English skills, all while enjoying an innovative and interactive concert. This concert concludes with a playing of an orchestral arrangement of Dr. Seuss' classic children's story, "Green Eggs and Ham."

To help both students and teachers prepare for this event, a three-week curriculum was developed by music director Matthew Kraemer and general manager Steve Weiser to coincide with the different sections of the concert. Packets of worksheets were also provided to the students to help further the educational impact of this initiative and, in conjunction with the music teachers from the various schools, a pre- and post-test evaluation will monitor the success of the program.

This project has been made possible by the generous support of LECOM as well as individual donations from our audience.

Each show is approximately 40 minutes long.