Thanks to supporters like you, the Festival's music education programs have marched on this past year despite enormous challenges, and we hope you enjoy the inspiring stories included in this newsletter, which show how music has made a difference in the lives of local children and youth.
We are extremely proud of our young musicians and of our school ensemble directors, curriculum developers, educators, volunteers, and private instructors—all of whom have continued to make music no matter what stumbling stones they've found in their way.
Music transforms lives, schools, and communities!
Director of Education & Outreach
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
Spread the Power of Music Education! Meet Luna Crane, a fourth grader who studies violin in the Festival's Strings in Our Schools program at Sweeney Elementary in Santa Fe!
"Luna has an inquisitive, positive attitude; works hard in and out of class; and has excelled beyond my expectations," says Strings in Our Schools instructor Hilary Schacht. "Her greatest accomplishment this year has been learning to read music on her own, which has allowed her to expand her repertoire quickly." Luna, who's enthusiastic about participating in Strings in Our Schools, says: "I really enjoy learning how to play fun songs on the violin. Ms. Hilary makes it fun. I love it because it helps me feel relaxed and alive."
Congratulations, Luna, on all your hard work and success!
Video: Music in Our Schools: Percussion Duo 2 Concert for Grades K–6. Instructor Janine Sammeth leads students in a listening activity with the well-known Caribbean folk song "Judy Drownded." Concepts covered in this lesson include call and response, verse and chorus, solfège, and melodic direction. The song tells the story of a young girl who, while running errands for her mother, takes a shortcut across the water and gets caught up in its stream. The whole village thinks Judy drowned, but she had grabbed onto a branch on land and pulled herself out of the water. Judy then went home and took a nap!
The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, in collaboration with the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, presented a free screening of the award-winning documentary R. A. W. Tuba: From Sandtown to Symphony January 23–31, 2021. On January 30, students, educators, and community members participated in a Zoom conversation with the film's star, Dr. Richard White.
R. A. W. Tuba centers on the life of Dr. White, who experienced poverty and homelessness as a child in Baltimore and went on to become the first African American to earn a doctor of music degree in tuba performance. Today Dr. White serves as principal tuba for the New Mexico Philharmonic and Santa Fe Symphony and as an associate professor at the University of New Mexico.
R. A. W. Tuba was shown in middle school and high school music classes throughout New Mexico and elsewhere for viewing and discussion. Special thanks to the members of the Santa Fe Public Schools Music Education Department for their outreach and support!
Click here to watch the video A Conversation with Dr. Richard White, featuring hosts Leanne DeVane, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Director of Education & Outreach, and Andrea Cassutt, Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association Executive Director, along with Mariajose Garcia (Dream Big student), Manuel Bojorquez (Dream Big student), and Ami Corral Arras (Dream Big alum).
The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association also hosted a private tuba workshop with Dr. White to provide master-level support to music students and teachers in northern New Mexico. Here's a screenshot of that class:
The R. A. W. Tuba: From Sandtown to Symphony Screening Was a Huge Success!
"We showed this film to all of our middle school and high school classes. The students loved it. The middle school kids wouldn't stop talking, which is a huge thing in virtual classes! Thank you, Dr. Richard White, Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival!"—Ryan Finn, Los Alamos Middle School and High School Bands, Los Alamos, New Mexico
"This was easily one of the best lessons I have done with my students during all of virtual learning. Students were highly engaged. Thank you so much for making this opportunity possible. I'm so glad I was able to share it with my students."—Angela Macke, Cleveland Middle School Band, Rio Rancho, New Mexico
"We watched this video during class, and most of us were brought to tears. I know that most of the students relate to Dr. White."—Jen Cordova, Pecos High School Band, Pecos, New Mexico
"My students felt motivated to continue to push themselves to overcome difficulties they are currently facing."—Deb Minyard, Pojoaque Valley High School Bands, Pojoaque, New Mexico
"I think it was a good experience for the students because the life that they experience is very different than the life that Dr. White lived as a young person. I think this helped provide them with a broader perspective on the many ways that people experience the world and helped them feel grateful for the life they have."—Matt Palmieri, Middle School Band Program, Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Leanne DeVane, Director of Education & Outreach
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
208 Griffin St, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone: 505-983-2075, ext. 113