November 28, 2011

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra will expand several of its education programs over the next year, thanks to a $17,500 grant from the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.  The grant will allow the ASO to grow two of its youth education initiatives:  the Music Van program and the Adopt-a-School partnerships.  Through the Music Van program, county third graders have the opportunity to learn about the instrument families, meet musicians who play them, and encourage participation in school programs.  This new funding will allow the Music Van program to expand from five schools to as many as fifteen schools this spring.  The ASO’s Adopt-a-School partnerships provide music students at Annapolis Elementary School and Annapolis Middle School the opportunity to work directly with professional musician mentors. The grant will help strengthen the partnership through increased visits by more musicians.

These two programs, combined with the ASO’s education concerts and other outreach initiatives, enable the ASO to reach a broad range of diverse constituents who otherwise would not be able to hear a live symphony performance or experience professional musical instruction.  The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation grant enables the ASO to increase that reach and deepen its impact in the community.  And the symphony is having impact:  “These lessons are the most productive of the year,” says a county music teacher.  “The musicians bring an expertise and experience that I just can’t duplicate.”

The ASO’s partnership with the county schools spans more than 40 years, and through generous grants like the Angell Foundation, the symphony’s education programs will continue to grow.  ASO Chairman, John Goldthwait, says, “The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation grant allows ASO to strengthen and expand the footprint of key programs to better serve and enrich our youth and community.  This is particularly gratifying as the ASO celebrates its 50th anniversary.”

Says Michael Angell, “The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation is honored to support the expansion of the Annapolis Symphony's educational programs, which address our shared mission of promoting the understanding and enjoyment of classical music for future generations of concertgoers.  We are excited to be a part of the Symphony's growing support community.”

Paul M. Angell was a gifted musician assigned to John Philip Sousa’s U.S. Navy band during WWII.  He later went on to found Newly Weds Food, Inc., which became a global leader in its field.  The foundation is intended to honor him and his ideals by endowing organizations and activities that are emblematic of his character and sensitive to his concerns.  The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation Performing Arts grants focus on classical music and theater in the Chicago and Mid-Atlantic areas.

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