NC Symphony Music Grant for Dare Students

We are proud to support the NC Symphony Society with a $7,500 grant in 2022 to give Dare County students their first orchestral performance since COVID.

“Music is one of the primary ways we learn about ourselves, others, actions and consequences, and traditions and beliefs. It is one of the fundamental ways human beings create and communicate meaning,” stated the NC Department of Public Instruction. And, according to the National Association of Music Education, music is critical to student success in schools. Students involved in music are more engaged in school and have higher SAT scores. They are also cited as being more attached to their communities.

Hundreds of local students attended multiple performances on April 25th to hear compositions by classical artists such as Mozart and Beethoven.

“Any time we send an ensemble into the school, it is an exciting and rewarding experience for both musicians and students,” said Jason Spencer, NC Symphony Society’s Director of Education. “After more than two years of virtual concerts and learning, these in-person concerts have become even more meaningful. For some of these students, this was not only the first assembly in two years, but the first assembly they had ever attended! You could feel the energy and excitement in the audience, and the musicians certainly fed off the students’ enthusiasm during each program. We are incredibly grateful to the Outer Banks Community Foundation for their support in making the return to in-person concerts possible.”