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, with another one on March 3, 2019!
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, please
contact the GSS office at 512-864-9591 or email us at: email@example.com.