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MACI Supports Youth Education Program at Jackson Symphony Orchestra

MACI is proud to provide sponsorship to support a hands-on Youth Program at the Jackson Symphony Orchestra.  Over 2,000 third and fourth grade students had the opportunity to watch and listed to brief, youth-oriented classical music performed by the Jackson Symphony Orchestra.  The students saw the Orchestra in the same setting as their regular series concerts, the Harold Sheffer Music Hall at Potter Center on Jackson College Central Campus. 

In addition to the performances, the children participated in small group tutorials with instrument players and had a hands-on experience with the various Orchestra instruments.

Fifteen schools were represented from across the Jackson County.  This program not only provided these students with the experience of attending and having an interactive experience with a live symphony orchestra but for many of them it was their first time at Jackson College. The event covered five of their Michigan Music Education Standards and provided each student with a coupon to attend a JSO performance with their family for free. 

Val Herr, Director of Marketing and Development for the JSO told MACI, “We cannot thank you enough for supporting this program and ensuring today’s youth have hands on experiences with the arts.We are already planning next year’s program and we hope you will be a part of it.”

LuAnn Lourim, teacher at Sharp Park Academy, Jackson Public Schools asked her students to write about their experiences in thank you letters to the Symphony and sponsors, including MACI. 

Lourim said, “Thank you so much for finding the funding which afforded so many third and fourth grade students to attend a wonderful experience. The programs was very interactive and that made it especially enjoyable for the students. Our students understood the music and could answer most all questions that the JSO asked the audience.”

The MACI sponsorship of $6,000 continues our commitment of supporting   education and the arts in the communities we live and serve.