Funded by the Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation, the Music Residency provided by SOPAC pairs the Orange School District’s only instrumental strings teacher and their students with a professional musician and Teaching Artist to provide these motivated students of music long-term, sequential, classical music instruction in the elementary and high schools. The incredible growth and noticeable improvement is evident as the students earned ‘Superior’ ratings at the High Note Music Festival. The students are eager to learn and achieve.
With the generous help from several funders and individual donors, SOPAC has partnered with The Ailey Organization’s Arts In Education & Community Program, AileyDance Kids, to offer a dance residency at the South Orange and Maplewood middle schools.
Each year, the dance residency, which began in the 2018-19 school year, serves both 7th and 8th graders once per week for 16 weeks. Taught by Ailey Arts in Education Teaching Artists, Aaron Thomas and Akira Armstrong. Students take pride in the chance to share what they’ve learned over the course of the dance residency in a culminating performance and celebrate their achievements with their classmates, families and school community.