GALLIPOLIS — March is “Music in our Schools” month, and to kick off the celebration, more than 1,000 elementary, middle and high school students will hear the faculty members of the Coda Mountain Academy of Music in a live performance at three Gallipolis-area venues on Friday, Feb. 22. These accomplished musicians from Julliard, Peabody and the Cleveland Institute of Music, as well as selected students from Coda, will perform for students from sixteen West Virginia and Ohio schools in a five-day whirlwind tour which includes the Ariel Theatre, Gallia Academy High School and the Ohio Valley Christian School.
Students in Gallia county will be taken a musical journey through classical music from baroque to modern, exploring the musical influences of different parts of the world.
Coda Mountain Academy of Music is passionate about providing high caliber musical opportunities and training for students regardless of their socio-economic status through after school programs, mini-concerts in the schools, and multi-leveled summer music programs in which students study with faculty from top conservatories. This June, Coda is launching their sixth summer music festival in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains which offers two music camps and numerous concerts open to the public.
Coda Academy is an exciting, two week musical immersion near the New River Gorge in Fayetteville, W.Va. Students ages 12-23 who are from beginner/medium levels up to advanced are placed a challenging but nurturing environment to study piano, strings, brass, bluegrass and soon, woodwind instruments.
Coda Kidz, a day camp for six days in Fayetteville, W.Va., serves students, ages 5-12 and requires no previous musical experience. However, students who already play violin, viola or cello enjoy the challenge and fun of bluegrass jamming and/or simple chamber music. Coda is meeting with Lora Lynn Snow, Executive Director at the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre to explore the possibility of creating a day camp at the Ariel some time in the future.
The first concert will be held at 8:50 a.m on Friday at the Ariel Theatre, followed by a concert at Gallia Academy High School at 10:30 a.m. and the final concert at Ohio Valley Christian School at 1 p.m.
The series of three concerts are free and open to the public. Any donations will go toward a scholarship fund for Gallia and surrounding area students to attend the Coda Mountain Academy summer camps.
“We want to bring world-class musical instruction to children who normally could not access these types of opportunity,” says Esther Morey, the camp’s director. Concerning their summer camps in W,Va. “We have big city excellence with gorgeous natural surroundings and small town hospitality. What a mix!”
For exciting video clips and more information on Coda summer opportunities for youth, visit codamountain.com, or contact Coda at firstname.lastname@example.org, 304-663-6688.