Will Riley Robbins is a Citizen Musician Fellow of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. A member of the orchestra for the past two years, Robbins has participated in each Artistic Challenge the most recent culminating in a performance at Orchestra Hall on April 7, 2014. The Artistic Challenge was inspired by Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma, who tasked the musicians of Civic to attain ownership of the music they are performing.
Samantha Gamble is a music teacher at Swift Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois. Gamble works to integrate the arts into core subject areas, and provides meaningful instruction to her students, many of whom are English Language Learners, prompting her to include world music in her teaching. She also strives to give her students ownership of their experiences with music, with a student-produced, upper grade musical. To learn more about her work at Swift, please visit swift.cps.k12.il.us.
Whitney Covalle is the choir director at Jones College Prep in Chicago, Illinois. Inspired by music from a young age, Covalle uses her own experiences with music to create an environment for her students to thrive and develop as musicians and as people.
Leo Park is the orchestra director at Northside College Prep in Chicago, Ill. Over his career at Northside, Park has helped grow his program exponentially, which offers a variety of music classes, including the four orchestras that he teaches. A strong advocate for the arts, and inspired by the Citizen Musician Initiative, Park encourages his students to do more in their community through music.
Rachel Maxwell is the band director at Traughber Junior High School in Oswego, IL, and she also serves as the junior high fine arts department chair for District 308. Her extensive program not only provides an opportunity for students to learn to play instruments, but also for community members to come together and appreciate the value of arts education. Maxwell’s goal is for students and parents to become advocates for the program, and for music education.
As a part of Music in Our Schools Month, we are featuring a number of music educators and their work in music advocacy. All of them exemplify the values of Citizen Musicianship through their dedicated teaching and by being enthusiastic champions for the arts.
The Center for Black Music Research, founded in 1983 at Columbia College Chicago, practices citizen musicianship by providing the opportunity for academic communities and the general public to research and view the center’s expansive black music collection. The center exists to highlight the significant role that black music plays in world culture and history.
Music Haven, an after-school arts program in New Haven, Conn., provides an opportunity for young students to learn music and practice citizen musicianship within their community. The program is anchored by a string quartet that dedicates its time to teaching students and performing in the community; coincidentally, two of the musicians are alumni of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. The program offers free one-on-one and group lessons for students in New Haven’s community.
In the morning of February 2nd, Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma participated in a rehearsal for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago's Artistic Challenge. Later in the afternoon, he also helped lead a panel discussion regarding the values of citizen musicianship. Following the panel discussion, members of the Civic Orchestra, the Chicago Cello Society, and Roosevelt University participated in a reading session with the cellist.
Deborah Sobol, an incredible musician dedicated to bringing music to communities, has passed away. Join us in remembering her life and her work as a Citizen Musician.
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