By: Dale King Contributing Writer
Nearly 30 youngsters from the Boys & Girls Club in Delray Beach who have been taking violin lessons as part of the Symphonia Boca Raton’s outreach program, “Building a String Orchestra and Self-Esteem,” recently displayed their instrumental expertise during a recital at the Naoma Donnelley Haggin Boys & Girls Club of Delray Beach.
The after-school program was designed to give children the opportunity to perform using classical instruments and to understand music, both through hands-on experience and as audience members.
The program is made possible through grants from Impact 100 Palm Beach County, the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, the Virginia & Harvey Kimmel Family Fund Foundation of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach & Martin Counties and Gail Biben and Stanley Waldshan.
The boys and girls, age 6 to 14, have been taking lessons from Symphonia musicians and music teachers.
“Studies show how important music is to academic achievement,” said Annabel Russell, executive director of the Symphonia. “By providing a music program to the Boys & Girls Club, the Symphonia has not only given these children the gift of music but has also boosted their confidence and self-esteem.”
The Symphonia is considered to be the region’s world-class chamber orchestra, providing quality classical music for the enjoyment and benefit of the South Florida community.
The orchestra is in the midst of its annual performance season, which runs from December through the spring. This year, it has added two concerts at the Crest Theater in Delray Beach to its schedule of programs held in the Roberts Auditorium of St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton.
Its performances and educational outreach programs feature nationally and internationally known conductors and soloists, enhancing the cultural lives of area residents, with special emphasis on younger citizens.
Founded in 1971, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is dedicated to promoting the educational, vocational, health, leadership and character of boys and girls in a safe, nurturing environment. Thirteen Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Palm Beach County serve more than 8,000 children ages 6 to 18.
Impact 100 Palm Beach County was founded in 2011 by Tandy Robinson, Lisa Mulhall and Cindy Krebsbach, who collaboratively wanted to improve their community through the “power of women giving as one.” Impact 100 Palm Beach County advances philanthropy by pooling smaller donations from individual women to create a large grant which will have a high impact in the community.