April 15, 2016



Nearly 3,000 recorder-playing elementary school students set to fill
the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall to play with the Oregon Symphony

“The Orchestra Sings”
10:30 am, Thursday, April 28
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

(PORTLAND, Ore.) –  In what is certain to be an explosive culmination to a year-long program, nearly 3,000 third, fourth, and fifth graders of the David Douglas School District’s nine elementary schools will join forces with the Oregon Symphony, raising the roof of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with their recorders and voices in a live performance titled “The Orchestra Sings.”
The concert will be conducted by Oregon Symphony Resident Conductor Paul Kim and hosted by Pam Mahon, both of whom have been working with the school district’s music specialists and the students throughout the past year.
The students have been practicing for a year as part of the Oregon Symphony’s ongoing “Studio to School” partnership with the David Douglas School District, funded in part by the Oregon Community Foundation. Recorders for all of the students, which enabled them to practice every day, were provided with funding from the partners at FamilyCare Health.

Also on the program will be three singers from Portland State University’s music education department and five members of the Portland Recorder Society, leading the singing and playing from the stage.

The program itself is also part of a collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. The Oregon Symphony is one of more than 80 national and international organizations chosen to participate in this program which pairs orchestras across the country with schools in their local communities, inviting students to learn about orchestral repertoire through a yearlong, hands-on music curriculum. Each year focuses on specific concepts, including rhythm, melody, tempo, orchestration, and composition. Utilizing teaching materials provided free of charge by the Weill Music Institute, teachers guide students in exploring music through a performer’s lens, with students participating in active music making in the classroom; performing repertoire on recorder, violin, voice, or body percussion; and taking part in creative work such as composing their own pieces inspired by the orchestral music they have studied.

The concert will also include a percussion piece created by fifth grader Jonah Goldberg.  

The Oregon Symphony looks forward to continuing this important project. In the next two seasons, the Symphony plans to offer “The Orchestra Moves” and “The Orchestra Rocks.”


Jim Fullan
Vice President/Communications, Marketing, Sales