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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2011
OrchKids, the music education initiative developed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and given national exposure on the CBS show "60 Minutes," has expanded to a second school. Funded by a two-year grant of $50,000 from the Rouse Company Foundation, the program had a quiet introduction last month at the New Song Academy in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of West Baltimore; a media launch is being made Friday at the school. OrchKids, which combines during- and after-school classes and lessons, started three years ago with 30 first-graders at Harriet Tubman Elementary.
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January 28, 2014
Regarding the recent article on the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's OrchKids program, while Dan Trahey may see a metaphorical connection between society an orchestra, what is striking about the photographs of his class is their homogeneity ( "Dan Trahey helps make OrchKids a national model for helping disadvantaged kids," Jan. 26). Are there no children from ethnic backgrounds besides African American to enjoy the BSO's programs? I don't wish to bash OrchKids, the BSO, or Mr. Trahey's enthusiasm.
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By Tim Smith | tim.smith@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | December 9, 2009
OrchKids, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's innovative educational initiative launched last year at an inner city school, will receive a $1 million gift from Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker. The Baltimore philanthropists were among the early supporters of the project, which received its initial seed money of $100,000 from BSO music director Marin Alsop. The $1 million contribution was scheduled to be announced Wednesday morning at Lockerman Bundy Elementary School, where the OrchKids program moved this year after the initial site, Harriet Tubman Elementary School, was closed.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2014
Dan Trahey plays the tuba. He's played it all his life, and he takes his instrument with him everywhere, even though it's been years since he's performed regularly with an orchestra. Trahey's affinity for the unwieldy, decidedly uncool contraption says a lot about him. The tuba partly explains how Trahey has helped make OrchKids - the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra program that puts musical instruments into the hands of schoolchildren regardless of their ability - into a national model for teaching life skills to youngsters in impoverished neighborhoods.
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By Tim Smith | tim.smith@baltsun.com | November 29, 2009
Through an open window of Lockerman Bundy Elementary School comes the familiar urban refrain of a police siren, but it doesn't distract the students intently practicing their violins, cellos and basses. They make their own compelling sound, as a teacher gently gets them to focus on articulating an "A" in unison. On another floor of the school, an instructor demonstrates to budding brass players how to shape their mouths correctly when they start expelling breath into the instruments.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
The sound of 150 children playing instruments — the violin, the trumpet, the oboe, the harp — spills out of every classroom, remarkably transforming an elementary school in a raggedy neighborhood of West Baltimore into a music conservatory. It has happened every day after school for five years. Students walk past boarded-up rowhouses and jump on buses to cross town and enter a world of brightly colored walls at Lockerman-Bundy Elementary, where they are learning to read music and enjoy Bach and Mozart.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2014
Dan Trahey plays the tuba. He's played it all his life, and he takes his instrument with him everywhere, even though it's been years since he's performed regularly with an orchestra. Trahey's affinity for the unwieldy, decidedly uncool contraption says a lot about him. The tuba partly explains how Trahey has helped make OrchKids - the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra program that puts musical instruments into the hands of schoolchildren regardless of their ability - into a national model for teaching life skills to youngsters in impoverished neighborhoods.
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By Tim Smith | tim.smith@baltsun.com | December 10, 2009
OrchKids, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's innovative educational initiative launched a year ago at an inner-city school, will receive a $1 million gift from Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker. The Baltimore philanthropists were early supporters of the project, which was started with seed money of $100,000 from BSO music director Marin Alsop. "We're hoping other people will contribute," Becker said Wednesday after a news conference at Lockerman Bundy Elementary School. (OrchKids started at the now-closed Harriet Tubman Elementary.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith , tim.smith@baltsun.com | December 10, 2009
OrchKids, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's innovative educational initiative launched a year ago at an inner-city school, will receive a $1 million gift from Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker. The Baltimore philanthropists were early supporters of the project, which was started with seed money of $100,000 from BSO music director Marin Alsop. "We're hoping other people will contribute," Becker said Wednesday after a news conference at Lockerman Bundy Elementary School. (OrchKids started at the now-closed Harriet Tubman Elementary.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,tim.smith@baltsun.com | November 29, 2009
Through an open window of Lockerman Bundy Elementary School comes the familiar urban refrain of a police siren, but it doesn't distract the students intently practicing their violins, cellos and basses. They make their own compelling sound, as a teacher gently gets them to focus on articulating an "A" in unison. On another floor of the school, an instructor demonstrates to budding brass players how to shape their mouths correctly when they start expelling breath into the instruments.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2014
OrchKids, the program that puts musical instruments into the hands of Baltimore schoolchildren, announced Friday that it is receiving a $1 million gift that will allow it to double the number of students it serves. The donation from Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker, which was announced during a news conference at Baltimore City Hall, will expand the number of participating public schools from five to eight by 2019 and will increase the program's enrollment from 750 students to 1,600 attending pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
The sound of 150 children playing instruments — the violin, the trumpet, the oboe, the harp — spills out of every classroom, remarkably transforming an elementary school in a raggedy neighborhood of West Baltimore into a music conservatory. It has happened every day after school for five years. Students walk past boarded-up rowhouses and jump on buses to cross town and enter a world of brightly colored walls at Lockerman-Bundy Elementary, where they are learning to read music and enjoy Bach and Mozart.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2013
Marin Alsop, who began her appointment as Baltimore Symphony Orchestra music director in 2007, has signed a new contract extending her tenure through August 2021. Alsop's hiring made international headlines, both because she was the first woman to gain the top artistic post at a major American orchestra and because the BSO players initially objected, describing the search process as rushed. Since that bumpy start, Alsop and the musicians have developed a smooth working relationship and have enjoyed considerable successes locally and nationally (several visits to Carnegie Hall generated high praise)
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By Tim Smith and The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2013
NEW YORK -- Carnegie Hall put out the purple Monday night to welcome the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for the opening of Spring For Music, a week-long festival showcasing American orchestras playing adventurous programs. Ravens-colored cloths adorned the seat backs of the musicians' chairs and the conductor's podium; more cloths were handed out to audience members to wave on cue in a salute to Baltimore. That cue came before the music started when an announcer from local radio station  WQXR interviewed the BSO's high-profile booster, Gov. Martin O'Malley, onstage.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2012
Baltimore figures substantially in "Arts and the Mind," a two-hour documentary airing on PBS stations around the country. There is a good amount of airtime for OrchKids, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's ambitious music education program launched by music director Marin Alsop and now offered in four inner-city schools. Also getting attention is Dr. Charles Limb, the surgeon and neuroscientist (not to mention jazz sax player) at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His studies into the creative process include putting a hip-hop performer under a brain scanner.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2011
In the past 12 months, some especially high-energy creators have relocated from other metropolises and set up shop within city limits. While a scrappy inventiveness isn't new here — far from it — it could be that the city is reaching a critical mass of innovative thinkers in the arts. Baltimore may be on the verge of a growth spurt that will establish it once and for all as an arts center. It may be about to become a laboratory for experiments that blur the lines between theater, music and dance and the rest of life.
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By Tim Smith and The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2013
NEW YORK -- Carnegie Hall put out the purple Monday night to welcome the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for the opening of Spring For Music, a week-long festival showcasing American orchestras playing adventurous programs. Ravens-colored cloths adorned the seat backs of the musicians' chairs and the conductor's podium; more cloths were handed out to audience members to wave on cue in a salute to Baltimore. That cue came before the music started when an announcer from local radio station  WQXR interviewed the BSO's high-profile booster, Gov. Martin O'Malley, onstage.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2013
Marin Alsop, who began her appointment as Baltimore Symphony Orchestra music director in 2007, has signed a new contract extending her tenure through August 2021. Alsop's hiring made international headlines, both because she was the first woman to gain the top artistic post at a major American orchestra and because the BSO players initially objected, describing the search process as rushed. Since that bumpy start, Alsop and the musicians have developed a smooth working relationship and have enjoyed considerable successes locally and nationally (several visits to Carnegie Hall generated high praise)
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2011
When 9-year-old Andre Palmer and 119 of his classmates at Lockerman Bundy Elementary School file out of the wings of the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall tonight and again on Sunday, it won't look like just an ordinary concert. Chances are that some of the musicians' shoelaces will be untied, as they were during a Tuesday afternoon rehearsal. Andre and the other pint-sized performers playing the cellos and double basses will have to raise their arms above their heads to avoid dragging their extra-large instruments across the stage floor.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2011
OrchKids, the music education initiative developed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and given national exposure on the CBS show "60 Minutes," has expanded to a second school. Funded by a two-year grant of $50,000 from the Rouse Company Foundation, the program had a quiet introduction last month at the New Song Academy in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of West Baltimore; a media launch is being made Friday at the school. OrchKids, which combines during- and after-school classes and lessons, started three years ago with 30 first-graders at Harriet Tubman Elementary.
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