The Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra is not just a performing ensemble for young musicians. We are an educational and outreach program as well! Sharing our love for music with the world in whatever way we can is one of our top priorities.
Just last week, we had the privilege of being invited to attend the Jay's HOPE Summer Camp for a day to teach the kids about the different instruments of the orchestra. If you aren't familiar with Jay's HOPE, they are a foundation here in Macon whose mission is "to improve the quality-of-life of children with cancer and their families in Georgia by extending HOPE through social, emotional, spiritual, educational and financial support." Every summer, they offer a one-week long summer camp free of charge for children with cancer and their siblings. Their goal? To offer the kids experiences they may not get elsewhere.
This past Thursday, a small group of MSYO members arrived at the camp with instruments in hand, ready to play for the kids and share with them a little bit about the different instruments of the orchestra. There were four groups of kids who rotated through, ranging in age from 4-11 years old. The kids had a fun time guessing the names of the recognizable tunes played by the MSYO members - Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid, Indiana Jones, The Flinstones Theme Song, and a folk fiddle tune - and learning about orchestral instruments. The highlight of the camp though, by far, was when the kids got to chance to play the different instruments!
We had a great time playing for and playing with the Jay's HOPE kids, and we could tell by their smiling faces that they enjoyed themselves too. Thank you, Jay's HOPE, for giving the MSYO the opportunity to come and participate in the summer camp. What fun and rewarding experience!