Gannon University’s Erie Chamber Orchestra to Present “The ABCs of Symphonies”
Posted: September 26, 2013
Gannon University's Erie Chamber Orchestra (ECO) is presenting
11 in-school educational concerts at all 12 elementary schools
within the School District of the City of Erie over the span of
four days beginning October 1. This program, entitled "The
ABCs of Symphonies", will be presented free of charge to almost
10,000 students in grades K-3.
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.
Musicians from the ECO will be traveling from building to
building throughout the city over these four days ensuring that the
students will be able to experience this live concert event in
their own surroundings.
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 to monitor the
success of the program.
This project has been made possible by support from the
following organizations: Gannon University, Lincoln Recycling,
Erie-GAINS and United Way of Erie. Members of the audience at
ECO concerts have also contributed to this program with individual
Grover Cleveland 11 a.m.
Perry 1:30 p.m.
Edison 1:30 p.m.
Jefferson 11 a.m.
Connell 1:30 p.m.
Each show is approximately 40 minutes long.