COMMUNITY

Artists Mentor Youth, A Treetops CMS Music Outreach Program

Launched in 2015 with support from GE Capital Treasury and Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, the purpose of Artists Mentor Youth is:

  • To bring music education, through high-quality performances, to youth and families who have limited access to the arts and who may have no or very little exposure to classical music and live performance;
  • To build on the correlation between sustained engagement in the arts, creative thinking, and success in later life; and,
  • To demonstrate, through conversation and Q&A with professional musicians and educators, that the skills necessary to excel in music are the same set of skills needed to excel in life.

Overall, the program seeks to increase the engagement of underserved young people in the arts, and to increase the relevance of chamber music in the Fairfield County community.

2017 Artists Mentor Youth Program Schedule

Artists Mentor Youth at InTake with Argus Quartet. March 15, 2017

Our 2017 Partners:

Waterside SchoolInTakeAITEHart Magnet School

Argus Quartet at the Waterside School, Stamford, Conn., January 2017

In just the past few months, the Treetops CMS Music Outreach Program has delivered performances by world-class chamber ensembles to several hundred children. The program has received uniformly positive feedback from the administrators and teachers at our partner organizations and schools. According to Jody Visage, head of school at the Waterside School in Stamford, the musicians featured in these performance/lectures provide a model of excellence that aligns with the mission and goals of the school; it is as gratifying to receive this feedback as it is to witness the enthusiastic engagement of the children, who are eager participants in the program. Here is how the program is described on the Waterside School’s website:

“All students stood and gave the [Shanghai] Quartet an ovation we hope they’ll never forget, because our students will not soon forget them.” –Jody Visage, Head of School, Waterside School, Stamford, Conn.

“On Monday, March 7, our Waterside community was treated to a wonderful concert by the world renowned Shanghai Quartet. The group, consisting of talented musicians from both the US and China, has toured the world, played at Carnegie Hall several times, and has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma. But this day, they performed for the enthusiastic students and teachers of Waterside, performing songs ranging from Mozart to modern Chinese arrangements, answering questions about their own lives, and even taking their instruments apart for the students to have a closer look. And while the audience was not their largest, it certainly must have ranked among their most enthusiastic, as all students stood and gave the Quartet an ovation we hope they’ll never forget, because our students will not soon forget them.”

Music From Japan at the Waterside School, Stamford, Conn., March 2017

Made possible by the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation