With Musical Lifelines, Mount Vernon Music brightens the lives of people in long-term care facilities.
Mount Vernon Music Youth Outreach programs bring clinics by expert brass and woodwind players into middle and high schools to help students improve their skills, and performances of musical stories with visual art and narration to elementary schools in East Texas.
Mount Vernon Music’s resident professional musicians and guest artists perform school programs which are tailored specifically to audience age. The performers engage the students through informal conversation, demonstrations and music, and may demonstrate how programs correlate to geography, historical events and other academic topics students are learning about in school.
The 2018-19 school outreach calendar will include a newly commissioned musical story for violin and viola duo, Midnight Adventures (2018) by Fort Worth composer Till MacIvor Meyn to be performed together with Beagles’ Day Out, another violin-viola duo by Benedikt Brydern with rhyming verse and multiple illustrations by Rose Roeder; The Town Musicians, a Musical Adventure, also by Brydern and based on the Grimm’s fairy tale The Bremen Town Musicians, commissioned by Mount Vernon Music in 2014 and scored for flute and string trio with narration, together with digital projections of original illustrations by Madeline Crist; and Villains & Sweethearts by Daniel Kelley, a set of five musical fairy tales for string quartet and narrator.