Reflections on MUSE Orchestra

Reflections on MUSE Orchestra

Written by the Student Council Communications Team

The MUSE Orchestra is like a music paradise for our band and string members here at Sequoia. MUSE, a free program open to all fourth and fifth graders, encourages their members to challenge themselves and work hard, but we don’t do it alone, we do it together.

Ms. Vandervennet, Education Coordinator for the Oakland Symphony, says “playing in orchestra is a powerful experience because of making music with other people; music is a universal
language!” Fourth grader Ava Calibuso has been in MUSE since 1st grade. “After that first rehearsal, I never wanted to come again. But then, the next year I had a good feeling that it was going to get better and it did. Those next few months, from 2nd grade to right now in 4th grade, I have improved so much because of MUSE.” Ava is currently Concert Mistro, 1st Violin. “MUSE challenges me because of the music,” Eliza King, a 5th grade flutist, added. “MUSE makes me practice more because of all the challenging and fun music.” “MUSE inspires me to become a better musician!” exclaimed 2nd Violin Jonah O’Brien of the 5th grade.

You can learn more about MUSE by visiting www.oaklandsymphony.org/community-education/muse/.