Huntley and Clinton Rosette Middle School music directors and educators Marybeth Kurnat, Christopher Komos, Kelsey Chelberg, and Sheila Felder recently received funding from the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Music Education Outreach Fund to support their programs. The fund was established in the fall of 2019 by the Kishwaukee Symphony Associates (KSA) and is now operated by the KSO Board of Directors to help orchestra and band programs in DeKalb County provide musical instruments for deserving middle school students with family financial constraints the opportunity to study instrumental music on quality instruments. The program allows middle school music educators to apply for an annual grant to aid in the purchase of quality orchestra and band instruments to lend to students in need and provide monetary support in instrument repairs.
The Huntley band and orchestra received $1,730 and $1,225, respectively. The band program will use its portion of the funds to keep loaner instruments in good working condition and is hoping to have funds left over to purchase a new euphonium, double French horn, or temple blocks. The orchestra grant will be used to purchase a cello to add to its inventory.
Chelberg noted how vital this grant is to sustaining and growing the music programs. “We’ve all been able to receive these grant funds for the past several years, and as a result, we’ve been able to provide instruments to students who would not have been able to rent one otherwise,” she said. More than 200 students participate in the band and orchestra programs at Huntley Middle School.
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