Musical Enrichment Program

The Musical Enrichment program offers two sessions on one day, usually twice a year, to let children learn a little about what makes music wonderful. Students in the fourth and fifth grades in GISD and schools in neighboring communities are brought to the Klett Center on buses, supervised by teachers and parents. GISD provides the use of the Klett Center; GSS provides the program, recruits volunteer ushers, and pays for the bus transportation.

The GSS commitment to bringing music programs to children dates back almost to our beginning. GSS was founded in March of 2000, and the first children's program, called “Musical Awakenings,” was presented to GISD and Jarrell fifth-graders in January of 2003. Musical Awakenings was a program available through the Van Cliburn Foundation, which sent their pianists to perform.

This project was run by FOGGS (Friends of the Georgetown Symphony Society) from 2003 through 2010. Fourth-graders were added in the fall of 2003. In September of 2005 the program separated from Musical Awakenings and the name changed to “Musical Enrichment.” Volunteer leaders have included Allene Booth-Judson, Sandy Hayes, Liz Hobbs, Jan Huelskamp, Sandra Montgomery, Laura Morgan, and Pam Shaw. Working around all the schools' calendars, they organize and present one or two programs a year: 19 so far, with another one on February 19, 2017!

Georgetown's favorite Austrian pianist, Jan Jiracek, played two programs in 2003, one in 2004, and one each in 2009 and 2012. Pianists Rui Shi, Adam Golka, and Philippe Bianconi have also performed and talked to the students about music. Other programs have included two operas, presented by the Fort Worth Children's Opera Company; the Austin Civic Symphony Orchestra; The Marian Anderson String Quartet (twice); The American Chamber Brass quintet; The Elision Saxophone Quartet; and violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn and her 1720 Stradivarius, the “Red Violin.” The May 2013 program featured soprano and opera booster Teri Ann Johnson.

All of this is not free. GSS pays for bus transportation, talent, and other costs. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to GSS to help with the Musical Enrichment Program, or if you would like to be a volunteer usher for one (or both) of the Feb. 19, 2017 and April 30, 2017 programs, please contact Nancy Robohn at (512) 943-9682 or robohnlopez@yahoo.com.








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