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Delivering meaningful education programs virtually

With disruptions to school and activities, the pandemic has had a profound impact on young people. More than ever, we understand the importance of sharing the joy of music with students across our region through our education programs.

Though in-school instruction with our musicians may not be possible, our partnership with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) continues to grow. This school year, we released a new series of innovative music education videos that support students’ in-class learning with performances by HPO ensembles and feature our musicians speaking directly to students. We have also continued our commitment to adopt a high-priority elementary school, partnering with Bennetto Elementary for live, virtual classroom visits from our musicians and recorded workshops.

This year’s matching campaign has received $40,000 in donations towards our $50,000 goal. Will you join us this season by donating to our Enduring Spirit of Music Matching Campaign to help us reach our matched goal of $100,000?

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“The HPO has adapted resources to support students across the city to stay connected with the orchestra in meaningful ways.”

– Luke Bramer, Program Consultant and Special Assignment Teacher
Specialist High Skills Major Programs, HWDSB

Another reason to give: Our commitment to wellbeing in the community

In the absence of in-person concerts and events, we have learned that, now more than ever, shared experiences involving music and the arts are essential to maintaining and enhancing wellbeing.

In December of 2020, we introduced a new program to bring the HPO to older adults who are without internet access and who face social isolation. Our telephone-based program offers weekly educational talks by Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte and music performed by our chamber ensembles. We are grateful to work closely with partners including the YWCA, City Housing Hamilton and Caroline Place to deliver this program.

The HPO continues to offer free online talks, performances and participatory events, such as February’s Composer Festival and through partnerships with the Hamilton Public Library and Burlington Public Library.