A great initiative by high school students bringing music education to elementary students
Project Prelude is a music education program launched in the Fall of 2016 by Cammie Lee and Isabelle Zheng, two high school juniors in Portland, Oregon. Both are accomplished musicians with a strong vision for how to bring the gift of music to those who lack access to it. The Open String helped them get started.
Working closely with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony as their fiscal sponsor and with the Beaverton School District, Cammie and Isabelle lead a program in which they and other high school musicians volunteer to teach violin to 4th-6th grade students at the Aloha-Huber Park K-8 School. 85% of Aloha Huber Park's students are economically disadvantaged, and would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument.
Over 40 students have applied for their violin class, which has no barrier to entry and is offered at no cost to the participants. Books, supplies, and instruments are provided at no charge as well. The founders of Project Prelude were able to findd much of the support needed to get started except for one critical piece: violins for every student.
The Open String team is proud to help launch this visionary endeavor by providing instrument support to Project Prelude and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. Raising over $5,000 through a rapid email crowdfunding campaign, supporters of The Open String made it possible to source instruments for the project.
We wish Cammie and Isabelle great success in this endeavor and look forward to seeing a great project spread its wings and take off!
Learn more at projectprelude.org
A huge thanks to our supporters who helped launch this program!
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