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Club Orchestra Brings Music To Elementary School Kids

Club Orchestra started delivering music education to local elementary school students a decade ago through the Boys and Girls Club.

Last year, it stepped up its game, and its playing field, by partnering with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the Fort Wayne Community School system.

Club O, as it's affectionately nicknamed, has a team of eight instructors, made up of three philharmonic members, and teachers from the elementary and middle schools the program serves.

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Teaching artists from the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Derek Reeves, Violetta Todorova and Brad Kuhns, with program director, Aaron Samra (second from left) ready to share the musical passion.

For an update on its progress, WBOI's Julia Meek sat down with program manager, Aaron Samra, and teaching artist, Derek Reeves to discuss the project's mission, the world movement Club Orchestra is part of, and what impact the program is making with the community's youth.

You can learn more about the program at its Club O Fort Wayne Facebook page.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.
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