Christ Church Episcopal School proudly announced a new partnership with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra during the school’s annual Winter Concert. Conceived by GSO Director of Education Braxton Ballew and CCES Arts Director David Sims, the partnership will regularly bring professional musicians from the orchestra to campus to speak with aspiring student artists and work one-on-one with CCES music ensembles. When scheduling permits, these talented instrumentalists may also perform during chapel services, allowing the entire student body to benefit from their visit.
While the full implementation of the program will begin the fall of 2014, CCES has already scheduled visits from GSO professionals. Principal violist Katie Dey recently performed for instrumental students, in addition to sharing stories of her road to becoming a professional musician and the day-to-day life in an orchestra.
According to William Johnson, Executive Director for the GSO, “The Greenville Symphony Orchestra’s Education and Community Engagement programs are designed to generate a passion for orchestral music and are at the core of what the GSO brings to our community. The GSO is thrilled to partner with Christ Church Episcopal School to give CCES students the opportunity to learn from our professional musicians,” Johnson wrote.
David Sims echoes Johnson’s enthusiasm for bringing this unique opportunity to the Cavalier campus. “I think it's invaluable to have the instrumental music students meet and learn from players who are employed by a professional orchestra. It shows them that the benefits of music education go beyond the CCES experience, and that dedicated players can make a living if they really want to.”