Chamber orchestra summer program aims to reach out to children

Program hopes to keep students' music skills sharp

Published On: Jul 18 2012 09:56:54 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 18 2012 10:36:40 PM CDT
BELOIT, Wis. -

A newly formed chamber orchestra is hoping its new summer program will reach out to children and benefit some of Rock County's homeless children.

The Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra is hosting a three-day strings camp this year. "We're working on some techniques such as shifting, and other more advanced techniques that they might not get in class because it's larger groups," said concertmaster Tiffany Chang.

Chang said area musicians are volunteering to help the 40 student participants, including Olivia Vincent.

"I really like being able to play something that sounds really pretty," said Vincent.

Music Director Ian Nie said the goal is to inspire future classical musicians. "I don't want people to think of music as a background thing, but as something that is enjoyable that can touch the heart," said Ian Nie.

The students will be able to show off their new skills at two concerts. The first one will be Thursday at 6 p.m. at the River of Life Church, located on 511 Public Ave. in Beloit. The second is this upcoming Sunday at 3 p.m. at Second Congregational Church, located on 657 Bluff St. in Beloit. 

Tickets are $15. Seniors can get a ticket for $10, and children under 12 years old are free.

The proceeds from the two concerts will go to Project 16:49, an effort benefiting homeless students in Rock County.

It's project that even young students realize is important.

"We're playing instruments that we love and giving it to kids that don't have a lot," said Vincent.

"Some children don't have the opportunity to have a family and the money and stuff like that, so it helps kids who can't afford things," said viola student Elton Rodriguez.