For the past year, I have worked with the Fine Arts Chamber Players program which provides violin instruction to elementary school children with limited exposure to classical music. In working with these children, whom I could best describe as' at risk' I've been inspired by their interest, energy, and enthusiasm. It has re-affirmed my belief that with exposure to music or any aspect of the arts, every child's life can be enriched. The benefits of music to young children are immeasurable as it teaches them discipline, problem solving, pride in accomplishing something, and is a great boost to their self-esteem.
As a long time performer with the FACP, I can truly say that it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have performed with the Dream Collector, and Music A-Z and both have created a spark of interest in the children. While entertaining the children, we also get a huge amount of information to them. Through visual and aural experiences, I believe that the messages that we provide have a much greater chance of sticking with the children, especially those whose first language is not English
For the past 20 years, it has been my great honor and privilege to work with this wonderful organization as a member of their educational outreach program, the Dream Collectors. Because of the inspired commitment of the Fine Arts Chamber Players, we have been able to create original, cutting edge, fully staged theatrical productions of the highest professional caliber and bring them free of charge into Dallas area schools. Through music, dance, art, and theater we capture the imagination of the students to present exhilarating programs on poetry from around the world, science, character development, and tolerance. None of this would have been possible if not for the vision and tireless dedication of the Fine Arts Chamber Players.
I am a member of the FACP teaching staff. I have had the privilege to teach at some of the finest universities in the country but I have never had a more rewarding teaching experience than instructing beginning violin students through the FACP program at Lowe Elementary.English is the second language for most of the students at Lowe and some of the students struggle academically.Happily we have succeeded in teaching the violin to students at all levels of academic competence, often to the astonishment of their other teachers.We give these children pride as well as the ability to make music, perform on a stage and work with one another.They are the Lowe community of violinists.
Even though I joined the FACP Board of Directors only about six months ago, I already feel connected to the organization. The other members of the Board are not only friendly and open, but eager to help and extraordinarily competent. In every way, these great folks comprise a bona fide "working board," with each person being given the opportunity to play to his/her strengths on behalf of the organization.
Fine Arts Chamber Players enrishes the Dallas Fort Worth area in many ways. The organization provides professional chamber music concerts free to the public throughout the year. The organization also supports the Dallas are in its numerous educational outreach activities. The organization produces miracles with its carefully managed budget bringing several wonderful, curriculum driven programs into public schools which otherwise would never see professional musicians. The programs are tied to curriculum and are age-specific to engage each child at his or her best level.
It was the best experience ever. Very professional organization that really helping out in the Dallas community. I wish there were more organizations like this one in this town. i will highly encourage people to support their mission of giving free concerts and further supporting their education outreach.
The Fine Arts Chamber Players organization is the best kept secret in the DFW area. The FACP provides the music education for children who otherwise would not be exposed to the classical chamber music that is no longer the "most popular" for school age children. The FACP provides music programs and concerts to the community through FREE concerts. There is not any better way to promote chamber music than through the FACP. Everyone that is involved with this organization believes in the education and culturation of the children, the parents and the community to make our area a better place to live throug appreciation of the arts and FACP music. The talents of the staff are evident in the network of musicians that are networked through the organization to provide the BEST of the BEST in music education and performances. The many programs that FACP provide extend throughout the year and are continually improving and growing to meet the wishes of the public. After one participates in one event or concert of the FACP you are captivated by the ongoing work of the organization and you believe in the cause to provide FREE chamber music programs that highlight talent youths of this area who will one day be talent adults in the music business. There is not any better way to understand the mission, the work, the performances of the FACP than to visit one of the events, or go to the web site and see for yourself all the work that the FACP group produces for the children of this community.
Every excellent expectation of a chamber music concert is met and exceeded when attending a Fine Arts Chamber Players event. The intimacy of the musical moment, the superlative musicianship of the artists, the context in which the musical selections are chosen and shared, the audience energy and appreciation - all lend to complete the moment - and - they are free. The goal is to make beautiful music available. The unexpected aspect of FACP is to learn in the pre-concert moments that they also deliver top-drawer music education programs to schools in the DISD. KUDOS to the FACP.I will go again and again.
The Fine Arts Chamber Players is an outstanding organizaiton that brings FREE professionally played classical music to the Dallas community and provides FREE exucational outreach programs to children in the community. I am especailly fond of our eduactional outreach programs that provide teachers with both the necessary ciriculum for the class and expose the kids to classical music. The "Dream Collectors" presents several muical plays that combine music, science, philosphy and general character building into a spectacular play for kids in the grades 4 - 6. At the end of each play, the kids can't wait to ask questions and talk to the musicians. FACP recently started an after school string progmram at a local underprivileged, underfunded and mostly non-English speaking elementary. This program enlists professional musicians to teach the kids to play the violin and, more importantly, has raised the grades and confidence of every child involved. The teachers at Lowe Elementary rave about the positive changes they have seen in the students who particiapte in the string program. And my first exposure ... and most continual exposure ... to FACP is throught its free concert series at the Dallas Museum of Art. The museum allows the general public to enter the museum for the concerts free of charge. Professional musicians grace the stage to bring free classical chamber music to everyone. FACP is present in the schools, exposing and teaching the kids about classical music, and the free concert series gives students an opportunity to come with their families to hear wonderful music that would otherwise be confined to the symphony hall or other ticketed venues. FACP offers many other concerts and educational outreach programs ... too many to name in this brief note ... but the thing that means the most to me about FACP is that it leaves a lasting impression on anyone it touches. If there is a child with an interest in music ... cello, violin, voice ... FACP will find a way to bring music to that child's life ... through donating an instrument, finding a teacher free of charge, bringing the child to the concerts, bringing a program to the school. If there is person who wants to hear good classica music, you will not be disappointed with an FACP production. Many concert goers often wonder aloud, why is this free? Its so good that you could ... should ... charge for this. That's the point.