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 donations.  


Date                                        Location:                                                        Time:                         

Tuesday, October 1                  Harding/Lincoln                                               9 a.m.

                                                      Grover Cleveland                                                11 a.m.

                                                      Perry                                                                      1:30 p.m.


Wednesday, October 2             Emerson Gridley                                                          9 a.m.

                                                       Pfeiffer-Burleigh                                                          11 a.m.

                                                       Edison                                                                            1:30 p.m.


Thursday, October 3                McKinley                                                         9 a.m.

                                                       Diehl                                                                1:30 p.m.


Friday, October 4                     Wayne                                                             9 a.m.

                                                      Jefferson                                                         11 a.m.

                                                      Connell                                                            1:30 p.m.


Each show is approximately 40 minutes long.