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Letter: CWSO, sponsors get credit for music education

5:24 PM, Apr. 9, 2013  |  Comments
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On Feb. 21, dozens of school buses lined bumper-to-bumper and discharged more than 1,300 fourth-grade school children outside the welcoming Sentry Insurance Theater. They were transported from Amherst, Marshfield, Mosinee, Rosholt, Wisconsin Rapids, Vesper, Plainfield, as well as Stevens Point public and private schools to attend the biennial Dorothy E. Vetter Memorial Concert. Miss Vetter's voice teaching career covered several generations including this writer!

Once inside the auditorium, the children were shepherded by symphony volunteers armed with rows selected for each school. In orderly fashion, little girls in sparkly dresses and boys with caps in hand settled in their seats in eager anticipation. They had been briefed about the program by their teachers, all of whom had received the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra's Teacher Curriculum guide. This undertaking has been in place since 2002, and practice leaves nothing to chance.

Key to the continued success of the CWSO's mission for childhood music education are the sponsors, whose financial support make this possible. Expenses include printing, postage, the music, a guest artist if used, and the orchestra personnel, most of whom take time off from work to perform on a weekday. The beautiful and acoustically perfect auditorium is provided by Sentry Insurance.

In this instance, the guest artist was the inimitable Jim Fleming, a star of Wisconsin Public Radio, who volunteered his services as narrator for "Peter and the Wolf." Under the direction of Pamela Luedtke, the Point Dance Ensemble masterfully portrayed her ballet version of Sergei Prokofiev's music, while solo instruments represented each character with special musical themes. Advance preparation and follow up after the concert are handled by volunteers.

The CWSO Board of Directors, the orchestra members, the children and their teachers deeply appreciate the gracious generous support from the Dorothy Vetter Endowment Fund, Sentry Insurance Co., Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church, Walmart, the Incourage Community Foundation, the Wisconsin Arts Board, Wisconsin Public Radio, Jim Fleming, the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the Point Dance Ensemble and our tireless volunteers.

Betty F. Jenkins

Stevens Point

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