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Inside the Orchestra for Families
City Park Concert 2014
City Park Family Concerts, July 2014

Family concerts are 50-minute programs created to get families and children of all ages "inside the orchestra". Using a 15-17 piece orchestra, the family concerts incorporate components of our school and Tiny Tots programs, to introduce the family and the community to the world of Inside the Orchestra.

Family concerts are free and open to the public, but we do ask that you 
to help us continue to bring free programming to the Denver community.

Upcoming Family Concerts


Carnival games, food trucks, vendors, and more!

Wednesday, July 22nd

Meet Our Intern: Annika


I'm so excited to be one of the marketing interns for Inside the Orchestra this summer. When I found this intern opportunity for ISO, I knew it would be a great place for me to start learning about business and, at the same time, be working for a cause I am passionate about: music! I've been playing piano since I was five, and am so thankful for all the opportunities and skills fifteen years of musical education has given me. I'm a junior at CU Boulder in the Leeds School of Business studying Marketing, Chinese, and pursuing a certificate in International Business.


So far at ISO, I've been working on marketing in one of the areas I know best-social media. I'm taking on multiple projects in getting our social media platforms the attention and traffic they deserve. This way, as many people as possible can see why ISO is such a great cause to support and become involved with, and can see the importance of music education. (Speaking of which, you should follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter!)


I'm looking forward to taking on more projects and working hard on what I do for Inside The Orchestra, and I'm glad I found an organization that can benefit from my work just as much as I can benefit from the opportunity it provides.

The Activity Corner 
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School's out for the summer! That means that your kiddos will now have a lot more time that needs to be occupied. When they're exhausted from hours outside and need a little computer break, send them to this wonderful section of the PBSKids website. Full of lots of different games focusing on many genres of music, they'll not only get the tech-time that they want but also have the chance to interact with music in a fun, educational way.

Twinkle Twinkle

Help get your kids ready for our fall Tiny Tots concerts (hint hint) with this craft and music activity centered around Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. "The easy craft...makes a sensory jingly star mobile that can be used with supervision as a prop for singing the song." Let's Play Music offers a variety of versions of this activity depending on the age/stage of the child in your life. 

From the Executive Director
Shelby Mattingly

Who else is having a hard time believing that it is already the end of June? June 30th marks the end of our fiscal year here at ISO, and what a year it's been. I always like to share some of the numbers, and here are a few for you: We've provided 115 concert and outreach programs to 21,886 people at 28 unique schools and venues throughout the Denver metro area since July 1st of 2014. 


Our goals for next fiscal year are even bigger, as we celebrate the 30th year Inside the Orchestra programs. We'll be doing first-ever Tiny Tots concerts at several new locations, including: History Colorado in the winter, Wings Over the Rockies in the spring, and East Boulder Community Center in the spring. Tiny Tots concerts at History Colorado, The Wildlife Experience, and Wings Over the Rockies will all include entry to the museums as part of your ticket.


We're also offering bilingual programming next year - in our school programs and at the Commerce City Recreation Center Tiny Tots concert in the spring. Contact me to learn more about our bilingual program options.


We're continuing to add instruments and dance - Hannah Kahn dancers will join us in all of the school programs next year, and Tiny Tots audiences will be introduced to new dance pieces, as well as new instruments each season (new in the fall, new in the winter, and new in the spring). 


We couldn't do all of this (and more) without your support. Thank you so very much. Happy summer!


Shelby Mattingly

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Despite being born in the same year and living only 80 miles apart, the great composer's Bach and Handel never met! They tried on two separate occasions to arrange a meeting but they missed each other by just days each time. Despite never meeting, however, Bach and Handel did share a common thread: they had the same eye doctor.

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