Ever wonder how a great musician got started? What inspired them? Chances are, when they were a kid they attended a concert or met a musician. Inspiring young people and musicians of the future to love music – that’s the motivation behind the Vancouver Island Symphony’s NoteworthyKids Music Club (now in its sixth year) and the newly founded NoteworthyKids Choir. “The club was originally organized through schools,” explains Bobbi Kurtz, the VI Symphony’s Education and Outreach coordinator. “Now it is open to all students, ages 8-13, who love music.”
The first NoteworthyKids event of the season is on Friday, October 22, 2010, when kids get to hang out backstage at The Port Theatre, Nanaimo, meet up with Kurtz and cellist Joel Stobbe (NoteworthyKids artistic coordinator), and get the full behind-the-scenes experience as they meet musicians, guest artists, and conductor Pierre Simard, find out about musical instruments, hear some stories about the music, then sit in the seat of their choice, anywhere in the theatre, to watch part of a rehearsal with the orchestra. Now that’s inspiring!
“There are seven backstage events,” adds Kurtz. “And there are always surprises, treats, and fun activities. With their $40 registration fee NoteworthyKids will receive a free T-shirt and four tickets to one of the VI Symphony 2010-2011 Season concerts.” Members of the club can also join the NoteworthyKids Choir, conducted by Patricia Plumley. “The choir will be performing with the VI Symphony for The Heart of Christmas concerts on December 18 and 19, 2010,” adds Kurtz. “In addition, NoteworthyKids can invite their family and friends to the Open Symphony Rehearsal in February (it’s free), and volunteer for Symphony in the Harbour in August at the Go Green Symphony Zone.”
Has NoteworthyKids inspired students? You bet! The kids have a blast – a high from meeting the musicians, sitting in the theatre during rehearsal, asking questions, and treats, of course. Says a budding young violin student, “I want to do NoteworthyKids again because I like music and it was fun to go with my friend and my sister.” Club Membership includes seven or more such events during the 2010-2011 season and financial assistance is available for those who can’t afford the $40 for the year. To register call 250-754-0177.