March Newsletter
Upcoming Events
Spring Tiny Tots 

New dates added!

Monday, April 25th at The Wildlife Experience
Saturday, May 14th at Denver School of Science and Technology

Highlights from the spring series:
  • Featured dancers from Hannah Kahn Dance Company
  • New musical selections - a completely new repertoire from the fall and winter programs. 
  • New instrument: come check out the piccolo trumpet!
  • Tickets purchased for The Wildlife Experience programs also get you access to the museums on those days.
Family Music Fest
Saturday, May 14th 

We are thrilled to announce our first ever Family Music Fest, which we are offering in partnership with Neighborhood Music Stapleton and Central City Opera. It will take place on Saturday, May 14th from 9:30AM - 3:30PM and you are invited!

Schedule of Events
  • All Day: Fun for the whole family
  • 9:30 and 10:45AM: Tiny Tots programs
  • 10:45 - 1:15: 
    • Opera Photo Booth
    • Music Lessons
    • Costume Station
    • Bounce House & Carnival Games
    • Food
    • Sessions on art, music, dance, and more
  • 1:15PM: Central City Opera takes the stage for performance
Join us for Tiny Tots or stay the whole day - the choice is up to you. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

A Word from Tom

"You talk rich."  I've been reminiscing a lot lately over my 30 year tenure with Inside the Orchestra. That comment was from a fifth grader some 10 years or so ago.  I've realized that music isn't the only thing that kids pick up on during one of our programs.  Students notice our speech patterns, the way we dress and all sorts of non-musical things in our presentations.
"You can talk rich too!" I said.  I actually got excited with this exchange as I was amused over the idea of money being equated with language, and the odd segue of this topic being broached after a musical presentation.
We talked for close to 10 minutes with his teacher listening in and nodding. I mentioned that I love to write and that I enjoy learning new words-and that if he could take more time with his vocabulary lists and read everything he could get his hands on, that his grasp of putting words together would improve. We discussed syntax and what that meant, and that ideas can make more sense with punctuation: both in print and when speaking.
I hope a light bulb was turned on that day, it was definitely illuminating for me!
The Activity Corner 
Look here for fun music-related activities

 Di d you know that music can alter the growth  of plants? Effect of music on plants can  be  used as a unique idea for sc hool-level  projects and science fairs. It makes for a fairly  easy project with definite conclusions. Use the  same species of plants for the project. Also,  maintain equal interaction with all the plants.Check out the findings and learn how to create your own experiment here .  
From the Executive Director

We had an amazing night on March 10th at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum - Inside the Orchestra for Adults was a success as a fundraiser and a party! Thank you so much to everyone who came out and helped us have our most successful adults event to date. 

You can check out the photos and add your own on our Facebook page here.

Events like that can only occur with the help of a lot of different people. I want to thank everyone on our event committee - Faye Ganley, Melissa Ryman, Jessica Kulas, Amanda Daume, Rick Knapp, Ellen Mattingly, Courtenay Moore, and Elliott Johnson - many of whom started helping on this eventjust a few weeks after the end of last year's adults event. And a huge thank you to the ladies at Sigma Sigma Sigma at Metropolitan State University, who provided event volunteers for the entire day.

Every single sponsor,  volunteer, and attendee helped us raise money that will support our music outreach programs - serving kids all throughout the state of Colorado. We could not have done it without you.

Shelby Mattingly
Did you know?
Fun Musical Facts                 
Forget Spotify - the first streaming music service began in 1897!

Invented by lawyer Thaddeus Cahill and initially known as the dynamophone, the telharmonium made use of telephone networks to transmit music from a central hub in midtown Manhattan to restaurants, hotels, and homes around the city. Subscribers could pick up their phone, ask the operator to connect them to the telharmonium, and the wires of their phone line would be linked with the wires emerging from the telharmonium station.  Learn more here.
Music News
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Arts Enrichment and Preschool Emotions for Low-Income Children at Risk

The students at the arts integrated preschool had a higher frequency of positive emotions than students at the traditional preschool, and showed higher regulation of positive and negative emotions and greater growth in emotional regulation over the course of the school year. 

Check out the full article here
Fun with Music
Check out this amazing classical music mashup- the creator wove together 57 famous classical tunes by 33 composers. How many can you identify?
Meet Our Board
Thank you to our board of directors for their dedication, advocacy, hard work, and unending support. Learn more about the board members on our website.

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" Arts education......does solve problems. Years of research show that it's closely linked to almost everything that we as a nation say we want for our children and demand from our schools: academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and equitable opportunity." 

Fran Smith

from "Why Arts Education is Crucial and Who's Doing it Best"