News & Updates

KSO partners in new education initiative, “Orchestra Rouh,” to serve refugee children

April 25th, 2017 by Jason Barber

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce a new education initiative serving children of refugee families recently resettled in Kalamazoo. Orchestra Rouh offers regular, ongoing music instruction to children of Syrian and other refugee families. Rouh means both “hope” and “spirit” in Arabic, and the program is designed to nurture the emotional wellbeing of children through music instruction, led by teachers who are bilingual in English and Arabic, and including music from Arabic traditions.

String instruments for the program have been generously provided by Meyer Music of Kalamazoo, and Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo is donating rehearsal space. The Irving S. Gilmore Foundation has provided start-up funding, and additional grant applications are pending.

Click here for more information about this program or to learn about how you can help.





WMU Trumpet Day feat. Rex Richardson

March 23rd, 2017 by Jason Barber

Hosted by WMU trumpet faculty, Trumpet Day features free clinics, master classes and performances and is open to anyone interesting in learning more about the trumpet. Events run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 17th in the Dalton Center Recital Hall on WMU’s main campus. Online registration is required at (Sturgeon, WMU News, 3/3/17)

Representatives from Meyer Music Kalamazoo will be present at the event, offering students and parents the opportunity to see what our stores have to offer.

Rex Richardson is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a veteran of the acclaimed chamber group Rhythm & Brass, the Brass Band of Battle Creek, and jazz legend Joe Henderson’s Quintet and Sextet. He teaches trumpet, jazz improvisation and chamber music at Virginia Commonwealth University and an is an international trumpet tutor for the Royal Northern College of Music in England. He tours throughout the year as a clinician, recitalist and soloist with orchestras, wind ensembles, big bands and brass bands. (Sturgeon, WMU News, 3/3/17)


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