Sound of Charlotte Blog
Brianna Davis loves playing the flute. This budding young musician, and graduate of our Winterfield Youth Orchestra after-school program, is now a thriving sixth grader, playing in the band at Northwest School of the Arts.
"I have more freedom and I can choose my electives," Brianna says about her new school. "And I get to play harder songs."
And she isn't alone. Brianna is one of seven students from our Winterfield program who have graduated from the eastside school, and been accepted by audition into Northwest, the Charlotte area's only middle and high school arts magnet.
One of our core education programs, Winterfield has engaged second through fifth grade students in free weekly music instruction for six years. Students learn to play strings, woodwinds, brass, or percussion from our own musicians and other local artists.
Three times a year, Winterfield students, teachers, parents, orchestra musicians, and the surrounding community members gather to enjoy the student performances. A community meal follows each concert. We are proud that our Winterfield Youth Orchestra helps build this community through the shared love of music-making.
Music Director Christopher Warren-Green was able to meet and congratulate young Brianna during a recent visit to Winterfield Elementary, where he was conducting the full orchestra in a free community festival.
When asked about her favorite part about band, Brianna says, "Well, there is this girl, and she has a hard time, but she is better now because I help her."
Future Charlotte Symphony flutist? You never know.
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