Sunday, 15 June 2014

Jeff Castner on SYOGI

Jeff Castner is excited that so many incredible community programs are based out of and sponsored by Marian University. One of the most unexpected is the Symphonic Youth Orchestra of Greater Indianapolis. This is a youth symphony orchestra that teaches and trains young musicians. The students are taught by College Professors, College students and members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The classes last throughout the summer during the evenings and on the weekends.

Students also participate in Master Classes with professional musicians who teach them their craft. The 2014 season will have two concerts both of which will be free and open to the public. One will be at the Indianapolis Arts Garden and the other will be following the students all day retreat at cathedral high school. This type of experience can really be beneficial to children's future education. The other great part of this program is getting orchestral students from Marian University further involved in their community. Some of the students who come into the program do not come from wealthy families and in fact summer receive a need based scholarship to play in the orchestra. Marian College students who assist with the teaching gain the lifelong memories of helping children and these children get an uplifting chance at experiencing something which brings them joy and experiencing something which can give them pride in their abilities. Jeff Castner knows how important it is to help students from all backgrounds grow and learn. He enjoys seeing these very talented young people pushing and challenging themselves.

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