What Brass Of Peace Is About
Brass of Peace Scholarship Program for Gifted High School Students
*A Cycle of Giving Since 1977*
The field of music is very competitive. Only a small percentage of those who train to become musicians actually become employed as performers in the field of music.
The Brass of Peace Scholarship Program (BOP), a tuition-free program for talented high school students is an intensive training program which prepares its members for greater success in the very competitive field of music. For a period of 36 weeks during the school year, the Brass of Peace Scholars, a group of 13-15 gifted children, are given two-hour weekly coaching sessions with National Symphony Orchestra hornist, Sylvia Alimena. There are no fees or tuition of any kind. The ultimate goal is to build individual and ensemble skills as well as help them build confidence in performing and public speaking.”
There are no fees or tuition of any kind. The ultimate goal is to build individual and ensemble skills as well as help them build confidence in performing and public speaking.
The Brass of Peace Program is recognized throughout the country as a training ground for tomorrow's fine musicians and is a factor in helping young musicians enter the college or university of their choice. Most recent graduates of Brass of Peace are attending The Curtis Institute of Music, MIT, Indiana University, Boston University, New England Conservatory and The Juilliard School among others. Many graduates of Brass of Peace have gone on to become employed in the nation's symphony orchestras and orchestras throughout the world.
The group rehearses on a near weekly basis and performs 3-4 free community concerts per year in Alexandria, Virginia, 4-5 free in-school concerts in under served areas of the District of Columbia and Alexandria and 1-2 in-residence concerts at homes for senior citizens in Northern Virginia. At intervals during each concert, members of Brass of Peace speak to the audience about their instruments and perform individual demonstrations. The Brass of Peace Masterclasses are presented annually by Sylvia Alimena on two consecutive Saturdays in January and by visiting clinicians. These masterclasses are designed to help students take more successful auditions. The Masterclasses are free and open to the public.
Brass of Peace events are scheduled based on the schedules of the members. No Brass of Peace event will ever conflict with a major school concert or event.
The Kidshare Concerts: Free In-School Concerts
*A Cycle of Giving*
The Brass of Peace experience is also a wonderful lesson for young adults in the rewards of giving their time to the community and to others who are less fortunate than them.
The John F. Kennedy Center Partnership in cooperation with the National Symphony Orchestra Education Department, Carole Wysocki, Director, & the Brass of Peace Scholars share what has been given to them by presenting Kidshare Concerts, free in-school concerts presented throughout the year for less privileged children in the District of Columbia.
At these concerts the teenage members of Brass of Peace demonstrate and talk about their brass instruments. Thanks to the National Symphony Orchestra, which provides organizational help and transportation to events, this year as many as 1200 elementary school children at Hart Middle School, Moten, Park View, Chamberlain, Cleveland, Edison Friendship, Fletcher-Johnson and Plummer Elementary schools heard a concert in their school by Brass of Peace .
Thanks to the generosity of local grant-making organizations, several free family concerts are also presented during the year at our home at Peace Lutheran Church in Annandale, Virginia. During these in-school and family concerts, a Brass of Peace Scholar from each section describes his/her instrument and gives a short demonstration.
Children Providing Role Models for Other Children
*Hard Work Will Bring You To Your Goals*
The Children who participate in Brass of Peace are from every economic, ethnic and racial background. The Kidshare Concerts presented by Brass of Peace in the schools will provide other children with inspiration and more importantly, a role model.
Last season, as many as 1200 elementary school children IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND CITY OF ALEXANDRIA schools heard a concert in their school by Brass of Peace. Several free family concerts are also presented during the year at our home at Peace Lutheran Church in Annandale, Virginia. During these in-school and family concerts, a Brass of Peace Scholar from each section describes his/her instrument and gives a short demonstration.
Brass of Peace Masterclasses
Each year, Brass of Peace also holds a set of masterclasses in the months of December and January in which members are instructed on audition preparation for college and summer festivals. In January of 2010, NSO Principal Tuba, Steve Dumaine was the invited guest artist.