As part of our youth outreach, the Arapahoe Philharmonic directs sectionals for the honor orchestras of the Continental League, Cherry Creek School District (middle schools) and Aurora Public Schools. These sectionals help to engage and mentor middle and high school students from Arapahoe and Douglas Counties. AP players coach the students and provide advanced technical and musical support. This allows for a more individualized educational process.
The impact of these sectionals reaches far beyond the one concert. Students involved share new techniques with their school orchestras and build a better orchestra within their own schools. They remember the Arapahoe Philharmonic, bring their friends to our concerts, and are ultimately the foundation for future players and audience members.
“This email does not have enough space to send my thanks to you and all the amazing Arapahoe Philharmonic musicians who came on Friday to help the Middle School students in sectionals for the Honor Orchestra event, but I will try to articulate my sincerest thanks!
I was so impressed with the detail and the examples each coach provided for their sections – I was walking around to as many as I could and caught brief moments of each coach teaching, which all just made me smile. I love that there were always 2 people in each section to lead and help. The students gained so much from this as did the MS teachers who were raving about it as well!
Please pass along my thanks to each of those amazing coaches for their time and talent. It certainly impacted them all and helped the concert go incredibly well on Saturday! – Cherry Creek School District Middle School Teacher