Up Close with the Orchestra
A live orchestra performance and instrument petting zoo just for kids and families! First the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program's talented young musicians will perform a selection of fun, familiar music. Then, after the performance, kids can enjoy an instrument petting zoo, where they can learn more about the instruments and how to play then.
Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program (JQOP) is a creative youth development program that usses an intensive and unique ensemble-based music curriculum to help underserved children develop the executve functions and social-emotional skills necessary to succeed at school and in life. Students in pre-kindergarten through seventh grade attend the program every weekday for 1.5 hours before school, participating in orchestra rehearsals, general music classes, and group lessons. The morning hours of our program ensure that all students begin the day engaged and energized for academic learning. Students also participate in community-building activities and performances across the city. Students in our advanced ensembles receive leadership and teacher training, and have the opportunity to mentor students in our beginner ensembles. JQOP welcomes any child to participate, regardless of musical ability, cultural background, developmental delays, or financial limitations.
JQOP is inspired by El Sistema, the Venezuelan initiative that uses music education as a vehicle for social change. The El Sistema philosophy of having students help each other through the music-learning process is at the heart of our mission, and as a result, our program creates not only great musicians, but also caring individuals who will grow up to be active members of society. We belileve that every child can learn to express music deeply, receive its many benefits, and make different critical life choices as a result of this learning.
Stroller parking: Please park your stroller in the lobby to the left of the stairs (accessible via wheelchair lift). Strollers are not permitted beyond the vestibule.