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An Orchestra Adopts a City, One Kid at a Time
by Michael Cooper

The New York Times    Translate This Article
8 May 2018

On 8 May 2018 The New York Times reported: When the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra started an after-school music program 10 years ago, it had 30 students. Now it has 1,300 -- and counting. From the outside, Lockerman-Bundy Elementary School looks forbidding, a tan monolith built in the 1970s. Some of the rowhouses across the street are boarded up -- reminders of the cycles of poverty and abandonment this city has struggled with for years. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of education and culture, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

Inside on an afternoon last month, though, it was a different story. Music echoed through brightly colored halls lined with murals. Classes were over, but school was not out: Young string players rehearsed Beethoven in one classroom, while flutists practiced in another and brass players worked on fanfares in a third. Also on offer were homework tutors, an after-school snack and dinner. ...

The program celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this month with a concert at the neo-Classical War Memorial, across from City Hall. In the audience was Kimberly Hill-Miller, the principal at Lockerman-Bundy. She said the program had benefited the school in ways that went beyond music, noting that students who joined OrchKids generally had better attendance and academic performance than their peers.

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