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CSM bannerMay Is Community Support Month!

As a community-supported orchestra, your contributions are vitally important as we make music more accessible and enjoyable to hundreds of thousands of people annually. Your leadership opens the door to educational experiences and meaningful partnerships that forge powerful connections, presenting DSO musicians in popular and intimate settings so we can continue building community with music. Your gift still makes a difference at any time of year...

Make a gift today at dso.org/donate.


Great music doesn't just happen on stage...

It starts with COMMUNITY...

African-American Orchestra Fellow Joshua Jones Visits Detroit Schools

In celebration of the DSO’s Classical Roots Week, percussionist and African-American Orchestra Fellow Joshua Jones visited four Detroit area schools to perform for students and talk about drums, sounds, music, and life as an artist.

The first visit took place on Jan. 29 at Chandler Park Academy in Harper Woods. The subsequent three visits, all at Detroit schools, took place on March 1, 2, and 4, at Spain Elementary/Middle School, Plymouth Educational Center, and International Preparatory Academy, respectively.

"I try not to make it like there's an adult onstage, you know, acting like an adult," says Jones, whose positive energy is infectious.

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Joshua Jones


It starts with EDUCATION...

Making a Difference: Wu Family Academy Expands Horizons for Tens of Thousands of Students

Midtown Detroit is home to more than one premier orchestra. With an average age of 16, the extraordinary students who make up the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra (DSYO) rehearse every Saturday at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

Violinist Maya Balaji, 16, is proud to have earned a spot in the DSYO, which is part of the Wu Family academy for Learning and Engagement.

"I've worked so hard for this audition every year, so I feel like working hard does pay off, and that's very important for later in life," she said...

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Wu Family Academy expands


It starts with ACCESSIBILITY...

DSO Invites Students with Special Needs to First Rehearsal

When a disabled audience member cried out with joy and an audience member objected during a philharmonic concert in Sweden, it sparked an international conversation about how orchestras can make their performances more accessible.

To address this issue, the DSO opened its first rehearsal of the season to students from the Glen Peters School of the Macomb Intermediate School District in memory of Nathan Suida, who passed away at DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan in June.

The support of thousands of donors makes experiences like this possible. Read more of Slatkin’s thoughts on this heartwarming experience on our Tumblr page.

 

Special needs rehearsal

...It all starts with YOU!

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