First-grade students at Halstead Academy and Pleasant Plains Elementary schools are eagerly awaiting a field trip to the Meyerhoff in February where they will see a performance of "Carnival of Animals."
Their excitement might be intensified by reports of the kindergartners from both schools who attended a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performance of "The Snowman" December. The students were able to imagine a winter wonderland come to life in this story about a young boy's magical friendship with a snowman. This special concert, a Baltimore Symphony STEM and Arts Integration concert enabled the elementary students to learn about the environmental impact of temperature changes as well as hear and experience a symphony orchestra. The Huether-McClelland Foundation fully funded the children's field trip.
In the following week, students received a visit at their home school from the BSO On The Go Program that provided them the opportunity to meet a BSO violinist and to learn more about the orchestra. The kindergarten students were excited to realize that their visitor, Ellen Troyer, first violinist for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was actually 6 years old when she began playing the violin — the exact age of many of the kindergartners.