Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra introduces kids to classical music

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Violist Jena Chenkin lead question-and-answer sessions at WJCC elementary schools as part of WSO's "Meet the Musicians" program. (Courtesy Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra)
Violist Jena Chenkin lead question-and-answer sessions at WJCC elementary schools as part of WSO’s “Meet the Musicians” program. (Courtesy Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra)

Williamsburg-James City County elementary school students recently took part in an interactive lesson on classical music, courtesy of the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra.

Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) conducted its annual “Meet the Musicians” program at all nine WJCC elementary schools on June 6-8.

The purpose of the “Meet the Musicians” initiative is to introduce elementary school students to classical music and fulfill some of the state-mandated Standards of Learning, which require students to become familiar with a variety of instruments throughout their elementary school years.

Fifth graders across WJCC have the opportunity to join their school’s band or orchestra. This year’s “Meet the Musicians” program targeted fourth graders, in order to help them choose an instrument for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.

This year’s educational concerts were performed by the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra String Trio, a group that features violist Jena Chenkin, violinist Stacy Matthews and cellist Peter Greydanus. The trio played short classical works by Mozart, Haydn and Bach and demonstrated the differences between each of their instruments.

In between songs, Chenkin engaged students in a question-and-answer session covering topics such as musical terms, classical music genres and the role of the conductor. The assembly at each school concluded with an opportunity for the students to touch and hold the instruments.

The program reached approximately 850 fourth grade students, according to a recent press release from WSO. Some fifth grade students in the school band or orchestra also participated in the assembly.