Education

Children gain the power of music

commusicationyouthBoys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities announced a new partnership with non-profit music organization, ComMUSICation, to provide choral music education to at-risk youth in St. Paul.

ComMUSICation is a choral youth development program whose mission is to empower youth with lifelong skills through music, service and community.

During the year, founding music director Ryan LaBoy noticed there were two different de-mographics of youth participating. “We realized what we were providing during daily pro-gramming was not equitable in meeting the individual needs of our youth. We wanted to have programs that both honor our youth’s advancing artistic ability while also providing a musical community for those who were unable to make the daily commitment,” said LaBoy.

“By partnering with Mt. Airy Boys & Girls Club, we are able to focus on providing a high quality choir program and utilize the existing club infrastructure. With the Boys and Girls Club having no performing arts offerings before and us wanting to reach more youth, it seemed like a win-win,” said founder and executive programming director Sara Zanussi. “Youth are able to benefit from a free meal and transportation logistics are reduced.”

“We are proud to partner with an organization that holds many of the same values and goals as we do to help bring music education to disadvantaged youth like those we serve at our Mt. Airy Club site,” said Erin Carlin, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cit-ies.

Programming will take place at the Mt. Airy Boys & Girls Club performing arts space and is run by new crescendo director, Michelle Bendett. Summer programming with ComMUSICa-tion runs Aug. 3 – Aug. 14 for any youth who will be a 3rd – 7th grader in the fall in St. Paul. Programming runs from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with lunch included. There is a $15 registration fee, however no youth will be turned away for inability to pay. For questions on payment op-tions contact Sara Zanussi, (651) 253-0481 or director@commusicationmn.org.

August 12, 2015
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