In Winsor Music’s Mentoring Program, high school students and a professional mentor play together in a small chamber music ensemble.
Earlier this year, Winsor Music started a mentoring ensemble, made up of oboist Peggy Pearson and three high school students, Alma Bitran, Njioma Grevious, and Mitsuru Yonezaki. This ensemble, Violobos,rehearses 2 hours every two weeks over the course of the academic year*. The ensemble also performs for the Boston community in Winsor Music’s outreach concerts, as well as on our chamber seriesalongside professional soloists and ensembles. This season, we are formalizing and expanding the program to include more students, and violinist Gabriela Diaz will lead the next ensemble.
This program creates a unique learning environment that is not a lesson or a coaching. It is a collaborative experience for students to learn from professional musicians and practice chamber music. Our mentors are both teachers and collaborators and will work directly with the students to promote vital skills for well-rounded musicians and successful adults: teamwork, artistic expression, and creative interpretation. Young music students are often exposed to solo and orchestra repertoire. Rarely do they have the opportunity to play chamber music with peers and less often with professionals.
Winsor Music’s Mentoring Program provides the structure for a long-term relationship between mentor and students. Although other programs offer a collaborative mentoring experience, these programs only take place for a few weeks at a time. Winsor Music’s program runs throughout the academic year and students can participate for as many years as they are able. Our students are not and will never be charged any tuition or fees for their participation in this one-of-a-kind program.
We need $4,000 to expand our program. The money raised through this campaign will be used as a stipend to fairly compensate our mentor Gabby for her time and commitment to the program and her students. All donations are tax-deductible. Any surplus raised over the original goal will be used to fund the mentoring project in future years.
As Winsor Music has grown over the past 20 years, so has our commitment to outreach and education. We are so grateful for all the support that has already been given to us. Now we need your help to educate the next generation of musicians and music lovers. By supporting this project, you are supporting the future of our organization, the futures of these young people, and the future of classical music. Thank you for all your support!
Our Hatchfund campaign will officially start on September 1, but we will open it up to individual donors on Monday, August 24. As a thank-you for your early support, you will be eligible to claim our $1,000, $500, and $250 level perks for half of their normal cost: $500, $250, and $125. These perks will return to their normal tiers as of Tuesday, September 1.
*In our Project Video, mentor Gabby Diaz states that the ensembles will meet once a week for an hour. Since filming, our students and their families have requested that the ensembles meet every other week for two hours. We appreciate your understanding and hope that you will reach out to us if you have any questions about the program or video.