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Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation Introduction to Instruments Concerts

Over 600 4th graders will say “thank you” to Arts in Education Initiative Supporters at Introduction to Instruments Concert on May 22

Introduction to Instruments, one of the POW Foundation's four Arts in Education Initiative programs, is designed to inspire Poway Unified School District 4th grade students to take up an instrument when they enter the 5th grade and to provide a forum for the District’s high school band members to serve as mentors to 2,600 fourth graders.  The POW Foundation has offered this inspiring program to every 4th grade student for 13 years. This year’s program will serve 27 elementary schools.

The POW Foundation’s Arts in Education Initiative is presented by AT&T, with additional support from the Betsy Dam Fund for Arts Education, the Theodore and Elizabeth Schmidt Foundation, The Schneider Family Foundation, Samuel I. and John Henry Fox Foundation, the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Fund, Stratton- Petit Foundation, Target, US Bank and Wells Fargo . These supporters will receive recognition for their ongoing support of the Arts in Education programs at the Introduction to Instruments interactive concert to be held at Poway Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, May 22 at 10:00 am.

“What better way to acknowledge these supporters than in the presence of the recipients of their generosity--an audience of over 600 very excited students and their teachers! We are proud of the supporters who help us inspire our community’s children to take up an instrument, an endeavor that enhances their creative and intellectual lives, both now and into adulthood,” says Michael Rennie, POW Foundation Executive Director.    

Dr. Elaine Cofrancesco, Executive Director for the Poway Unified School District, Student Support Services, serves on the POW Foundation Board of Directors and has been instrumental in the success of the Introduction to Instruments program. For more than ten years, the Foundation, under Elaine’s leadership, has coordinated this series of assemblies with the goal of motivating these young minds to take part in one of the nation’s most successful school band programs.  

Introduction to Instruments concerts will also take place at Westview High School (Friday, May 23), Del Norte High School (Friday, May 30), and Carmel Mountain High School (Thursday, June 2).

According to Poway High School Music Director Mike Cook, “The Wind Symphony will perform some fun, enjoyable tunes that will be recognized by all fourth graders!”  After which , select string players will take time to personally introduce violins, cellos and other stringed instruments to enthusiastic students from Midland, Tierra Bonita, Garden Road, Painted Rock, Valley, and Chaparral Elementary Schools. 

Under the direction of Jerri Webb, Music Director, the  Westview High School band performs a creative, innovative show titled “The Music of Comic Con” featuring scores from such films as Superman, Star Trek, Star Wars, Batman, 007 (and more!) for Adobe Bluffs, Park Village, Sundance, Canyon View and Deer Canyon Elementary Schools. The Westview program will be also be performed for the public on May 22 and 23.  (For tickets and more information about public performances visit www.westviewgold.org).

Under the baton of Del Norte High School’s Music Director, Jennifer Kitelinger, the String Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Concert Band will perform for students from Monterey Ridge, Del Sur, Willow Grove, and Stone Ranch.

Mt. Carmel High School’s offering will be educational and engaging.  The young concert-goers will get the full impact of a staged concert in addition to being introduced to various woodwind, brass and string instrument groups.  The music selected may range from classical to contemporary, sometimes with an added dash of humor and theatrics to thrill the enthusiastic fourth grade students. The Mt. Carmel Ensemble, led by Music Director Garry McPherson,  will perform for Morning Creek, Los Penasquitos, Rolling Hill and Sunset Hills Elementary School classes.

Educators affirm that the program is vital to the health of the school band program and the Pow Foundation supporters are proud to play a role in developing young Artists and Arts Lovers in our community as well as the educators who work diligently to make this program a success – for keeping the Arts alive in our schools.

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