Updated: Sep 17
Over the past 5 months, we have had many ‘firsts’ for the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program. In March, we hosted our first Facebook livestream concert from the JQES auditorium. A week later, we pivoted our entire in-person music program to continue serving youth and families with daily morning music classes virtually through JQOP Online. We launched our first spring break music program in April. And just last week on August 13th, 2020, we celebrated our first summer music program, JQOP Creative Summer, with a virtual showcase. All the while, our teaching artists, staff, students and families were working together to continue developing their musical skills, maintaining a sense of community, and demonstrating a level of resilience and creative problem solving that has been truly inspiring. It is because of you and your continued support that we were able to present our Creative Summer program and virtual showcase during these unprecedented times - and for that we thank you.
During the month of July and August, over 60 youth from Boston Public Schools (and even parts of Western Massachusetts!) took part in our Creative Summer programming. Youth musicians composed original chamber music; created musical storybooks; explored the connections between music, visual art, and spoken word; strengthened their instrumental skills through private lessons; created virtual duets; and dropped original EDM and Low-Fi tracks on Sound Cloud.
We invite you to enjoy some of our highlighted projects below or scroll down to the bottom to watch our entire Creative Summer 2020 Virtual Showcase!
"Hello Little Blue Rainbow"
Composed by our 7-year-old creative crew, led by JQOP Teaching Artist Bengisu Gokce and Stephanie Chen
Digital Music Composition Crew
Student-composed EDM and Low-fi tracks are now available on Sound Cloud, led by Teaching Artist Josh Wareham and Sebastien Ridore
Written and Composed by our 5 and 6-year-old creative crew, led by JQOP Teaching Artist Matthew Vaeth and Aija Reke
"The Story of the Three Little Pigs"
Composed by our 7-year-old creative crew, led by JQOP Teaching Artist Amanda Roth and Amelia Sie
Creative Summer 2020 Virtual Showcase
Featuring over 60 youth performing solo pieces, duets, virtual chamber orchestras, and all of our Creative Summer final projects. (Total run time: 1 hour, 18 min)