Symphonia Boca Raton’s Two-Year Outreach Program Teaches Delray Beach Kids To Play String Instruments


By: Dale King Contributing Writer

Symphonia Boca Raton’s outreach program called “Building a String Orchestra – and Self-Esteem” hosted a recent recital that gave 25 underserved kids from Delray Beach the opportunity to entertain a gathering of fans with their acquired musical talents.

The youngsters, ranging in age from 6 to 14, have been taking violin lessons with instructors and musicians from The Symphonia for almost two years. The night of May 23, they performed for family and friends at the Naoma Donnelley Haggin Boys & Girls Club on SW 7th Street, Delray Beach.

The program is designed to expose children to classical instruments and 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 County, the Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Family Fund, Gail Biben and Stanley Waldshan.

“It’s a thrill to see how these young students have progressed,” said Annabel Russell, executive director of The Symphonia. “We’re so pleased to be able to help the children at the Boys & Girls Club express themselves in new and positive ways.”

For students in the program who have expressed a strong interest in and talent for music, the Symphonia String Outreach Program also provides private lessons.

“Studies show how important music is to academic achievement,” Russell said. “By continuing the music program we began almost two years ago at 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 Boys & Girls Club of Delray Beach provides after-school care for at-risk children.

The Symphonia, the region’s world-class chamber orchestra, provides classical music for the enjoyment and benefit of the South Florida community.