Students to ‘Meet the Johns Creek Orchestra’ at Shakerag Elementary School

Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra to introduce students to the orchestral experience

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Johns Creek area elementary and middle school students will have a unique opportunity to meet the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra – the JCSO is bringing the orchestra to them.

The “Meet the Orchestra” program will be Thursday, Oct. 17, at Shakerag Elementary School, off Rogers Circle, to show students how and what goes into being in an orchestra.

The program, which has professional orchestral players taking part, “is a way for students to be introduced to the instruments of the orchestra and to learn what families of instruments are and to actually watch as we build an orchestra on stage,” said Sue Haggerty, executive director of the JCSO.

The program is a demonstration of the arranging of an orchestra, but done in a light and fun way, with their narrator “Stan the Music Man” leading and explaining the process of putting an orchestra together.

Once all the instruments are on stage and the orchestra has been “built,” the orchestra plays a few selections to demonstrate the end results of the process.

After that, the performers and their instruments will stick around giving the youngsters an opportunity to talk to them about what they do and to see the instruments up close.

Last year’s event was met with “great success,” said Haggerty. More than 200 students attended, and the JCSO expects the same this year.

Grants from the city and the Johns Creek Foundation are the bulk of the funding that makes the program possible.

The program was, and continues to be, a response to budget cuts eliminating orchestral programs in Fulton County elementary schools. Without that funding, it is hard to introduce students to music in the early grades.

“We’re doing our part to try to help supplement,” said Haggerty. “We really want them to have the experience.”

IF YOU GO:

What: Demonstration for kids in grades K-8 showing the different parts of an orchestra, followed by a small performance.

Where: Shakerag Elementary School, 10885 Rogers Circle, Johns Creek

When: 7 p.m. Oct. 17

Cost: $5, tickets available online

Information: johnscreeksymphony.org