Park City School of Music launches after-school program, community orchestra |

Park City School of Music launches after-school program, community orchestra

Submitted by Eric Samuels

On Thursday, Sept. 17, there will be an organizational meeting for all parents and students in grades four and five who are interested in an after-school orchestra, band, piano, and choir program run by the Park City School of Music. The meeting will be held at 4 p.m. at Park City Academy, 3120 Pinebrook Road.

The Park City School of Music, a local nonprofit teaching and performing organization with 14 years of experience, will offer two one-and-a-half-hour classes per week. Instruction will be provided by string, woodwind, brass, choral, and piano faculty from local public schools as well as professional musicians from the Park City area and the Wasatch Front.

These after-school classes will teach students how to play their chosen instruments, musicianship, and theory. They will be held at convenient times in either Park City public school classrooms or at the Park City Academy. Semester-end small and large ensemble concerts will provide fun goals for the young musicians.

The Park City School District’s music program for grades four and five has been discontinued this year due to budget cuts. However, the Park City School of Music and local supporters believe that music is an integral component of education at the elementary level. Learning an instrument or voice skills comes more easily early in life when distractions are fewer and motor skills are more adaptable. the time they reach sixth and seventh grade, children can really progress in their playing abilities if they have laid the groundwork at the fourth and fifth-grade level. Studies have shown that scholastic and personal development are greatly enhanced by musical participation at a young age. Music also provides years of fun activities for students to share with each other.

In order to make an after-school program more economical, Summerhays Music & Charles Liu Fine Violins have agreed to offer a substantial two-month rental discount to all participants. The total cost for instrument rental fees, sheet music and venue rental fees will fall between $200 and $300 per semester, depending on the number of participants. The fall/winter semester will begin between the last week of September and and finish the second week of December.

The second musical launch of the season is the Park City Community Orchestra. With the assistance of the Park City School District Community Education program, the Park City School of Music will direct the growth of an exciting new musical activity for musicians ages 13 and up. Seasoned professionals in strings, woodwinds and brass instruments will lead the sections through rehearsals and concerts. Music will range from the Baroque and Classical periods through the Romantic, Contemporary, and Pops repertoire.

The Park City Community Orchestra will hold its first session Monday, Sept. 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ecker Hill Middle School. Register online at or call (435) 615-0215.

For more information on either the after-school music program or the Community Orchestra, please call Eric or Alison Samuels at 658-4943 or email

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