We are disappointed that we have not been able to hold school-wide assemblies like we have in the past.  We took a break from planning events this fall to give students a chance to develop an online learning routine with their teachers.  Rest assured that the Cultural Arts Committee is in the process of planning for the second half of the school year!   

In the meantime, below you can find a list of just a few of the many online musical events geared towards students.  I hope that you will take the opportunity to sit together as a family and check out some of these wonderful events.  The Philadelphia Orchestra even includes worksheets and musical guides for students. 

If you are looking for holiday music, I highly recommend the Army Band’s American Holiday Festival-it NEVER disappoints! (Thank you to Diamond’s own Dr. Dillon and Mr. Franklin for your suggestions!).

The Cultural Arts Committee is always looking for virtual events to showcase in the Gems newsletter, if you have ideas, please email Kristina (ksracic@gmail.com).

“Lunch and Learn” series by the Peabody Institutehttps://peabody.jhu.edu/life-at-peabody/student-services-resources/information-technology-services/remote-teaching-and-learning-at-peabody/lunch-and-learn-series/

Virtual Ensemble Initiative, which provides music for flexible ensembles (so it could be “treble clef instrument and bass clef instrument” rather than “violin and cello duet”) https://www.veivideos.com/

YouTube playlists: River City Brass about beginning brass: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2ufZEa1baqQ-PlgR1ILs1x7P8mP7M-BJ and  “Students Stuck at Home Series” for quirky Instrumental Music lesson videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD7Bw5RYX8KJIqLJNiB4jot9R71DQPk8M

Bringing You the MusicStreaming Concerts from the Strathmore Stage

National Philharmonic’s 2020-2021 concert season, conducted by Maestro Piotr Gajewski, will be streamed from the stage of The Music Center at Strathmore to a device of your choice at no charge. Programs feature a mix of classical masters you love, like Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin, and contemporary composers that may become new favorites, including Jessie Montgomery, Carlos Simon, Adolphus Hailstork, Henry Dehlinger, and Janice Hammer.

Our principal players take center stage along with the region’s best,including violinists Nurit Bar-Josef and Jonathan Carney, pianist and fan favorite Brian Ganz, and singers Danielle Talamantes, Rehanna Thelwell, Norman Shankle, and Kevin Short. National Philharmonic’s cover conductor and lecturer Rebecca Smithorn will keep you in the know, hosting pre- and post-concert events. Whether you’re having an organized watch party with friends, or tuning in dressed in pj’s, join National Philharmonic as we bring the music to you!

You can access these concerts here: https://nationalphilharmonic.org/event/music-that-connects-us-all/

The American Holiday Festival is back – like you’ve never seen it before!

For decades we’ve come together at DAR Constitution Hall for our annual holiday spectacular, and while we can’t gather in person, the American Holiday Festival will continue as a four-event virtual festival with some very special guest artists and the musicians of Pershing’s Own.

Beginning Friday, November 27, and continuing each Friday through December 18, we’ll present online concerts celebrating the broad musical traditions that are part of the holiday season for all Americans. From traditional Christmas favorites, to music from around the world, we’ll have something for everyone in the 2020 American Holiday Festival!

You can click here to watch or listen- https://www.facebook.com/usarmyband/live_videos/

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Mid-Week Concert SeriesYou can access these concerts here:https://www.offstage.bsomusic.org/en/

Virtual Philadelphia Orchestra: Activities for Families and Kids

You can access these activities and concerts here: https://www.philorch.org/performances/special-performances/virtual-philadelphia-orchestra/virtual-philadelphia-orchestra-kids-and-families/

National Symphony Orchestra’s Reach for the Moon – Young People’s Concert

Watch a full concert in tribute to the space program inspired by JFK’s challenge to land on the moon.You can access this concert and others here: https://www.kennedy-center.org/nso/home/education-community/