Symphonicity Partners with The Philadelphia International Music Festival to Promote Music Education Among Youth

HAMPTON ROADS, VIRGINIA (December 18, 2018)

Symphonicity, the symphony orchestra of Virginia Beach, is pleased to announce its new partnership with the Philadelphia International Music Festival, a summer music program that offers student musicians from around the world the unique opportunity to spend concentrated time immersed in music education and performance training by members of the renown Philadelphia Orchestra. Both organizations and their subsequent communities will benefit from the partnership.

Students who attend the Philadelphia International Music Festival (PIMF) will have an opportunity to travel to Hampton Roads and perform in a state-of-the-art venue, the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, as part of their early career development. This, in turn, will allow Hampton Roads residents to attend Symphonicity performances that showcase nationally recognized virtuosic child talent and to learn and take advantage of the summer music program held in Philadelphia, PA.

“Philadelphia is Pennsylvania’s largest city and they have this amazing music program partnered with their world-famous orchestra,” said Daniel W. Boothe. “Virginia Beach is Virginia’s largest city and we have Symphonicity which will now be collaborating with them. This is a tremendous step for us and for the arts in our city.”

The first PIMF soloist who will play on the Sandler Center stage is violinist Miro Raj, now eleven-year-olds. He was the 2017 concerto competition winner in the category of ten years old and younger. Miro will perform a movement from Mozart’s Violin Concerto, No. 3, at the orchestra’s children’s concert on January 12, 2019.

Dr. Alice Lindsay, Director of Outreach and Community Partnerships for the Philadelphia International Music Festival, made the connection for the two organizations, recognizing, as a former member of Symphonicity, the value of the partnership. “I am delighted to be a part of this new endeavor with PIMF and Symphonicity, as the orchestra continues its amazing contribution to the area, under the remarkable direction of Maestro Daniel Boothe,” said Dr. Lindsay.

Symphonicity has served the Hampton Roads community and promoted music education since it was founded in 1981. Currently, it is comprised of over 200 members who volunteer an astonishing annual 90,000+ hours to create affordable, enriching and memorable musical experiences for the community. Over the years, the orchestra has welcomed serious music students, high school and above, to participate in rehearsals and performances, many of whom have pursued musical performance and teaching careers. The new partnership with PIMF has the potential to have an even greater impact in Hampton Roads by offering scholarships for music students interested in attending the summer music camps.

Sandy Marcucci, President of PIMF said, “We are quite happy that Dr. Lindsay has introduced [Symphonicity] to PIMF and look forward to exploring additional ways to work together both now and into the future.”