2019 has been a landmark year for JQOP thanks to generous support and partnerships with those who share our mission and passion: our talented and committed faculty; dedicated foundation and corporate support, advocacy from community leaders and officials, and generous contributions from individuals throughout Boston and across the United States.
Our focus has always been to ensure that our program is accessible and affordable for each child and family who seeks it. Your support has allowed JQOP to ensure that cost never impedes a child from experiences the joy and power of music. As we close out the year, we wanted to share some of our most memorable moments. Behind each story, performance, and smile are champions who continue to help us achieve greater success for those we serve. We cannot do it alone and thank you for your continued support!
Symphony Hall – a historic Boston landmark and home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra – opened its doors to hundreds of community members and city and state leaders on January 15th for Mayor Marty Walsh’s 2019 State of the City Address. Welcoming the crowd was none other than the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program, who opened the event with their debut performance in Symphony Hall.
For the past year, Teaching Artists from JQOP provided a series of general music classes for Ellis Memorial students, teaching songs, developing gross-motor skills with the use of hand percussion instruments, and nurturing their developing social skills needed to perform as one ensemble. We are excited to continue our work with Ellis into 2020.
In March, with the celebration of Women's History Month, we took time to celebrate our all-female directors at JQOP. Throughout the month, we learned more about our general music director of Mozart Orchestra, Patrice Monahan, director of Sibelius Orchestra, Deborah Apple, and the director of Villa-Lobos Orchestra, Celia Zhang.
At the invitation from State Representative Aaron Michelewitz, the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program presented an afternoon of music with our Rimsky and Villa-Lobos Orchestras on Thursday, April 25th.
Our Boulanger Orchestra from the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program provided an afternoon of music and an instrument petting zoo at the Boston Public Library’s Children’s Library in Copley Square this past spring. This is part of a series of interactive performances aimed to amplify Boston's robust youth initiatives at some of the cities most storied spaces, including The Boston Public Library's daily music, art, and STEM programming for students and families after school.
This past semester, JQOP welcomed our first administrative interns from Berklee College of Music. Emmanuel and Eric supported our administrative team with everything from marketing, communications, program operations, and even spending time surveying our kiddos on the amazing woman in their lives for our Mother’s Day video.
For the past two years, Teaching Artist from the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program (JQOP) have been breaking down barriers (both physical and mental) and building common ground for all students to connect through music.
At JQOP, all of our orchestras are named after prolific composers and celebrated performers, both past and present. From Mozart to Beethoven, Rimsky to Boulanger, these individuals and their music have made a lasting impact on performers and audiences alike. With the expansion of our program this year, now serving over 200 youth in our morning music program alone, we are excited to launch an eighth orchestra. Our Newbold Orchestra, named after modern-day composer, conductor, musician, actress (and 3rd-degree black belt martial artist), Soon Hee Newbold, is comprised of our top elementary-aged musicians.
Our Executive Director, Christopher Schroeder was nominated and selected by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce for their Boston Future Leaders Program in 2019. This program provides rising leaders under the age of 40 with the opportunity to focus on building leadership skills and professional connections to support their work and empower the next generation of Boston leaders.
Our JQOP Board members play an integral role in supporting the vibrant work that takes place day-in and day-out here at JQOP. They help to organize our Salon events, chaperone student performances around the city, build papier-mâché instruments with our K1/K2 students, and even bring out a drill and saw to build instrument storage units.
Our 2018-2019 Annual Report, released last week, shares and celebrates stories and outcome measures that reflect our purpose and impact. We invite you to click below to read our full report and a message from our Executive Director.
Help us close out our year strong. At Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program, no child or family is ever turned away because of financial limitations. 56% of program costs per child are subsidized by the organization for our families paying full tuition, and 57% of our students receive financial assistance.
Between now and December 31st, for every $40 donation you make to JQOP you will automatically be entered to win our Super Seaport Raffle Basket, valued at over $500.