Kalamazoo Kids In Tune

Kalamazoo Kids In Tune

Kalamazoo Kids in Tune will hold its free Gala Finale from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, at Chenery Auditorium, featuring the youngest symphony orchestra in the state of Michigan. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Liz Youker, Vice President of Education and Community Partnerships with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, highlights some of the program's accomplishments over the last seven years, paying special attention to the contributions of Eric Barth, known to students as "Dr. Rick," who recently stepped down as artistic director. Ahmed Tofiq, who founded Orchestra Rouh as a program for children from refugee families, says the children he teaches have grown in confidence and ability as they practice and perform.

Both Orchestra Rouh and Kalamazoo Kids In Tune will continue their programs this summer, offering music instruction, group activities, and an all-ages event called Community Day.


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Kalamazoo Kids In Tune is the youngest and most diverse orchestra in Michigan, according Elizabeth Youker, Vice President of Education and Community Partnerships, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. She and curriculum director, conductor and music arranger Rick Barth, known to students as "Dr. Rick," talk to Cara Lieurance about the progress made in the last six years. 


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On June 3, around 80 first- through sixth-graders will celebrate five years of Kalamazoo Kids In Tune by taking the stage in Chenery Auditorium to perform themes from masterworks by Mozart to Mussorgsky. Conductor Eric Barth and Liz Youker, Kalamazoo Symphony vice president of education and community partnerships, talk about the program's progress after five years.


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The in-school music program Kalamazoo Kids In Tune welcomed its first students four years ago. Now, the first graders who entered the program in 2011 are fifth graders bound for middle school. A gala concert, featuring all 80-plus children in the program, will take place in WMU's Dalton Center Recital Hall on Wednesday at 5:30 pm.