Orchestrating diversity

Area high school and junior high students perform during the Orchestrating Diversity concert Aug. 8 in Holmes Lounge. The concert was the culmination of a months-long music education program conceived and developed by current senior Max Woods as part of a Kaldi’s Social Change grant through the Office of Community Service. “Underprivileged young musicians face few options for furthering their musical education,” said Woods in his grant proposal. “Most programs are costly and scholarships few. Our goal is to provide high-level music instruction to students currently unrepresented in the music education system. This will be a special program bringing these performers the best instruction often reserved for privileged children.” In two four-week sessions, students studied music theory and history, attended concerts, formed small ensembles and had weekly private lessons. This summer marked the program’s second year.