Friday, April 24, 2009

FIRST Music Workshops are a success!

Today, Opus Nine completed our first educational outreach music workshops reaching 425 public school students at the First Philadelphia Charter School!

The artists boarded a 6AM train to Philly-excited about the day!
From Music in the Schools Day in Philly
Crystal, Mindy, Jarvis and special guest, Juliette Jones each led their own workshop on music fundamentals-asking the students to open their musical ears and stretch their imaginations.

Jarvis' workshop on dynamics allows students to explore varying dynamic levels with their ears, bodies, instruments and their voices. Watch a 2nd grader 'conduct' her class through 'Mary had a little lamb" from pianissimo to fortissimo.

The students were so great-so smart and creative. It was a pleasure to work with such awesome students and a really helpful faculty. The workshops received rave reviews for the the high energy of the artists and the great balance of fun and education in each workshop.

Kudos to all of our artists for a job INCREDIBLY well done!! Click here to see the entire album!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Prepping for our first Educational Outreach Workshop

Alysia, Crystal, Jarvis and Mindy got together tonight to prepare for the FIRST Opus Nine Educational Music Workshop. Under the watchful eye, of Oscar the cat-we put the final touches on our music fundamental workshop plans and materials. There was also time for some ice cream birthday cake to celebrate Mindy's birthday. How awesome is Mindy?? She is spending her birthday sharing music with public school students and Opus Nine. We are all so excited to share our high energy lessons with over 400 kids tomorrow in Philadelphia.
From Getting ready for Music in the Schools Day!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Crystal & Alysia's Brooklyn Adventure

Crystal and I headed to Brooklyn on a fundraising adventure today. And what adventure is complete without a good old cup of Joe and a chocolate muffin? We stopped at BACO Living, a nifty cafe/showroom in DUMBO for some fuel.We also saw some cool street art on the way! We learned tons today at the New York Foundation of the Arts about emerging arts organizations and heard lots of interesting ideas. Wanna see more pictures, click here.

From Crystal & Alysia's Brooklyn Adventure

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Times Square Photo Shoot

On Saturday members of Opus Nine met up in NYC to have some fun with a photo shoot!! I had a great time hanging out with the OPUS NINE posse.We mingled over a few drinks at a great bar called Bamboo 52.Then we trekked over to Times Square altogether. As always, Times Square was completely inundated with people! The shoot overall was very fun and exciting. Although it was extremely cold, everyone was smiling and having a great time. While we were there tourists started taking our picture and saying to each other “Who are they?!” (I guess we just looked that good!!) Take a look at the whole album for more behind the scenes shots!