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Prof. Orcenith Smith Provides Outreach to Young Indianapolis Musicians

June 7, 2010

Orcenith Smith 2008a.JPGJune 7, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — Orcenith Smith, professor of music at DePauw University, will serve as a teacher and conductor this week at a camp for inner-city Indianapolis youngsters. Strings and Jazzy Things, established by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis, provides middle school students with an all-expenses paid week of rehearsals with strings coaches and master class events. Taught by some of Indianapolis' leading classical and jazz musicians, the five-day program is funded by a number of organizations, including the Indianapolis Foundation, Lilly Endowment, the Indianapolis Symphony and St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

"Especially in these difficult economic times, the funding support for Strings and Jazzy Things camp provides an important and lasting opportunity for these children," Smith says. "This additional week of all-day, intensive focus on making music serves as a platform for accelerating and deepening the work done by the teachers during the year; and, the financial support, along with the care and consideration of those who are working with the students, is a wonderful example of how we can provide additional gathering of thoughtful process for young people and help them see how their human enterprise becomes art."

The camp also includes master class sessions on body/dance movement, care of instruments and improvisation. In preparation for the event, Smith traveled to Indianapolis during the month of May to audition young string players for the two string orchestras. His participation in Strings and Jazzy Things includes the conducting of the more advanced string orchestra for the entire week.

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