Youth Making Social Change through Music
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our move to a virtual camp, we will not have our Neighborhood Strings kids with us during the afternoons this summer. We are accepting applications from high school students interested in our mentorship program for this coming school year.
Musician as Citizen, affectionately known as MAC, is our newest youth leadership initiative. This program provides ChamberFest students with opportunities to share their love of music and mentorship skills with youth in WCMS’s Neighborhood Strings program.
What does the Musician as Citizen program give me?
• Provides a structured volunteer environment to build on the skills learned at the summer camp, including performance, communication, respect and teamwork
• Provides mentorship to develop leadership and teaching skills
• Builds community awareness through the act of giving back
• Provides the opportunity to gain community service hours required by many area high schools as well as members of the National
• Opens the door to potential college scholarship funding through
our community partners
What would I do as a Musician as Citizen, volunteering in Neighborhood Strings?
Spend 2-3 hours/week as musical mentor for underserved youth
• Serve as a “practice buddy” to a child
• Assist a professional teaching artist in a group class environment: tweak bow hold, demonstrate a technique or lead an activity!
• Participate in ensemble and chamber music groups as a leader
• Participate in a discussion with teen students as part of the “NS Club”, a young teen leadership group focusing on issues around artistry and social change.
• Participate in extra concerts and trips to Mechanics Hall, Hanover Theatre, and Worcester’s newest venue, the JMAC (Jean McDonough Arts Center).
For further information contact:
Ariana Falk, Education Director