|ASO Goes to School|
The Amherst Symphony Orchestra has always considered music education and outreach an important component of its mission as a community orchestra. When ASO musicians present a program for students (usually third graders), they share their life's experiences and passion for music making with them.
ASO has also collaborated with student ensembles such as the Buffalo Performing Arts Academy Elementary Choir, Western New York Children’s Chorus, Bel Canto Choir, and a number of choirs and instrumental ensembles from area schools. Some of the groups which have performed with us are: the Hamburg High School Concert Chorale, under the direction of Norman Zogaib; the Buffalo Performing Arts Academy Choir, Frank Scinta, director; and the Williamsville East High School Choir and Jazz Ensemble, Maureen Reily, director. Past at-school performances include presentations at St Leo’s, Akron Central High School, Windermere Elementary, Smallwood Elementary, Maple East Elementary, Christian Central Academy, Dodge Road Elementary, Futures Academy Buffalo in Buffalo, Kadimah School, Build Academy in Buffalo, St. Joseph School in University Heights area, Heritage Heights in Sweet Home School District, Gateway-Longview, and North Forest Elementary.
CONCERT PROGRAM NOTES PROJECT: Since October 2006, The ASO program notes have been written by a high school student in collaboration with an Amherst Symphony Orchestra member.
The Student Concert Program Cover contest began in 1997 at Windermere School, Eggertsville.
Past Winning Covers:
First student designed cover, December 1997, by Erin Crabtree, Windermere Elementary.
Later student designed cover, December 2006, by Jocelyn Leising, St. Joseph School of Buffalo.