Symphony and CCSD present new education and community initiative

  • Thursday, March 7, 2013

On Thursday, March 7, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the Charleston County School District will present an event to commemorate a new education initiative titled Composition and Critique. Composition and Critique is a pilot program written by Dr. James Braunreuther, fine arts coordinator for Charleston County School District (CCSD) and is the result of a partnership the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has with the CCSD made possible through the Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program. It allows children to discover parallels between composition in writing and music.

During two-month residencies, three local composers work with students at three different schools to compose musical motifs that represent characters in a selected book - a process intended to increase students’ awareness of the points of good writing, emphasized in the new Common Core Standards of English Language Arts. At the close of the program, the students gather at a concert venue to attend the performance of their three versions of the book with musical motifs performed by musicians of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

Three schools from within Charleston County were selected from Mount Pleasant (Whitesides Elementary), West Ashley (Springfield Elementary) and North Charleston (A.C. Corcoran Elementary) for the program’s pilot year. The services of this program are provided to the schools at no cost. The schools must only provide the transportation of the students to the Charleston County School of the Arts in North Charleston for the final performance.

The three composers involved - College of Charleston composition students, Craig Budde and Jonathan Milford and CSO Second Oboe and English Horn, Kari Kistler - visited the schools an average of two times during their regularly scheduled general music class. On average, students received 1.5 hours of direct instructional time with the composers

Composition and Critique


What: The event will involve the presentation of the musical interpretations of the three student-written versions of the book “Probuditi!.” Immediately following, Dr. James Braunreuther will lead a discussion about the schools’ musical interpretations and composition in music and writing. Students will speak about the learning experience during this project. There will be a cupcake reception for the students following the performance.

Who: Students involved in the program are one class each of upper-level elementary students from the following CCSD schools: A.C. Corcoran Elementary, Springfield Elementary and Whitesides Elementary. There are 70 total student participants in the pilot program.

Where: Charleston County School of the Arts - Auditorium, 5109-B West Enterprise Street.

When: Thursday, March 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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