This year’s program, “Stormchasers,” will focus on the science behind the weather that children see each day. A detailed curriculum, supplied to all interested teachers, will also focus on English, geography, music and reading. Composers featured include Wagner, Beethoven, Debussy and many more, helping to create a fantastic music experience.
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You can have a direct impact on the life of one entire school by covering the ticketing fees or busing fees. Or, you can choose to cover the entire school. The choice is yours.
$250 covers all ticketing expenses for one school.
$500 covers their busing fees.
$750 lets you be responsible for sending an entire building to the Youth Concert!
On November 4th, 2015, the Erie Philharmonic presented our annual Youth Concerts to over four thousand children from across the region. These programs were designed specifically for elementary aged students, and came with an educational preparatory packet, complete with worksheets, lesson plans, games, an audio CD and more.
This year's concert was entitled "Musicalympics." The program itself focused on the connection between sports and music, and featured athletic-themed music, special local sports guests and more!
The Erie Philharmonic's Youth Concerts have been EITC approved - learn more about this program here. If you are a PA based business, you contribution towards this initiative may be eligible for up to a 90% tax credit.
When applicable, our guest artists will present master classes across the region in conjunctuon with their performances in Erie. Opportunities will be available beginning in October.
Contact Executive Director Steve Weiser at 814/455-1375 or SWeiser@EriePhil.org to learn more!
Throughout each season, Maestro Daniel Meyer and special guests will visit music classrooms, orchestras, concert bands and wind ensembles from around the region. Contact Executive Director Steve Weiser at 814/455-1375 or SWeiser@EriePhil.org to schedule an event at your school today!
PNC Grow Up Great
PNC Grow Up Great
Led by Sarah Lee (second bassoon with the Phil), the PNC Grow Up Great program features musicians from the Erie Philharmonic presenting weekly classes to preschool students from around the region. This year's facilities include:
Long Term Residency
Long Term Residency
Beginning in Fall 2016, the Erie Philharmonic will visit classrooms at St. Ben's Child Development Center in our first ever Long Term Residency. Instead of reaching students just a few times a year as done in the past, teaching artist Sarah Lee will visit the center 60 times between August and February.
This long-term residency has many goals, but the main mission is to create positive musical experiences that promote early music appreciation and early literacy skills in young students, preparing them for success in school and beyond. Strengthening this emphasis on continued arts infusion, the Philharmonic aims to bring music into pre-kindergarten classes in order to aid language and literacy development as well as organizing and applying knowledge through creative thinking.
The project is funded through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. “The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts is pleased to approve Erie Philharmonic’s long term residency grant,” said Philip Horn, PCA executive director. “This collaboration will bring teaching artists and the creative process into unique partnerships with educators, schools and non-profit community organizations benefiting our schools and student learning.”
Teaching Artist Sarah Lee has led the Philharmonic’s outreach and education programs previously, so this is a natural step forward to reach more students with an expansive curriculum. Lee has spent the summer creating lessons that focus on rhythm, movement, singing, and instrument identification, all centered on literacy, exploration, and fine motor skills. “We will work to achieve a series of standard-based goals. This 20-week, 60-day residency will reach over 60 students and include visiting guest artists from the Philharmonic as well as a trip to see the orchestra perform live in the historic Warner Theatre,” says Lee, also a musician with the Philharmonic. The program also includes professional development on arts infusion for all teachers at the center.
Executive Director Steve Weiser is excited to look to the future and ensure the Philharmonic is truly living their mission. “I’m honored that the PA Council on the Arts supports our residency at St. Benedict. The Philharmonic has been doing similar but smaller programs there for a few years, but this is significantly larger and will carry a greater long-lasting impact for the students at St. Ben’s,” Weiser said. “I take this program as a vote of confidence from the state – we know we are doing great things, but we are also one of the first to receive this type of funding directly from the state.”
The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) is a state agency in the Office of the Governor. Created in 1966, the PCA is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. The Council’s mission is to foster the excellence, diversity, and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania, and to broaden the availability and appreciation of those arts throughout the commonwealth. Support for education is a PCA priority. The PCA’s Arts in Education Division assists hundreds of Pennsylvania schools to support curriculum, enrich the important work of arts educators, and provide opportunities for students to discover and develop their creative skills and abilities through teaching artist residencies. The Division and its partners also place artists in residencies in community-based settings. Learn more at www.arts.pa.gov and www.facebook.com/Pennsylvaniacouncilonthearts.
Instrumental Petting Zoos
Instrumental Petting Zoos
Each season, musicians from the Erie Philharmonicvisit local elementary schools and learning centers presenting hands-on, Instrumental Petting Zoos. This interactive class will give all participating students the opportunity to physically touch, feel and play a variety of orchestral instruments.
Throughout the year, the Erie Philharmonic presents concerts, recitals, and outreach activities of all sizes across the community.
Throughout the season, the Erie Phil will look to donate pianos of all shapes and sizes to various schools and organizations across the city.
As part of our second educational outreach week this past June, we donated three pianos across the city to various locations.
Another piano donation to a local downtown neighbor - so glad to be help out Sharon Downey and our friends at the Cathedral of St. Paul!
Chuck Haynes from Weber Murphy Fox helped to donate this piano to the Crime Victim Center of Erie. So happy to launch a new relationship with this fabulous facility.
We were delighted to donate this beautiful baby grand piano to the Downtown YMCA on 10th Street. Gifted to the Erie Phil by Stephen Huckaby, this piano will be used in the new music studio inside the Y, and will be played on by hundreds of children each week!
Continuing our busy education week, we were able to donate a second piano to the Benjamin Wiley Charter School. This piano was graciously gifted to the Erie Phil from Bill Beisel.
Have an unused instrument that you would like to donate? Contact us and let the Erie Philharmonic help put your instrument directly into the hands of a child from across the city!