2017 Participant Profile

Total participants: 104 (49 in Chorus, 61 in Band, 7 in both)

Age range: 7 to 82 years old in Chorus, 11 to 80 years old in Band

Communities represented: 18 (Barton, Cortland, DeRuyter, Dryden, Etna, Freeville, Genoa, Groton, Harford, Horseheads, Homer, Ithaca, Lansing, Marathon, McLean, Moravia, Richford, Virgil)

Family groups: 24 families

New registrants: 28

Guiding Principles

We operate on a set of guiding principles that distinguish our organizations from most other summer music opportunities.

  1. We are primarily, but not exclusively, for those residing in rural areas in and near the Town of Dryden, New York.

  2. We are for musicians of any skill level, requiring no audition, and we are non-competitive.

  3. Participants can be any age, providing they are able to participate in two hour evening rehearsals. Instrumentalists are recommended to have at least two years of experience.

  4. Participation is free; there is no mandatory fee or required concert attire. Grants, sponsorship, and donations should cover expenses.

  5. We are a short-term summer opportunity, with each ensemble typically meeting once a week for six weeks, culminating in two concerts.

  6. This group depends on volunteers to operate and belongs to all  participants.

Benefits of Music-Making

Music-making is proven to provide a range of physical, mental, and social benefits to participants.

Participation in music-making is a natural antidepressant, releasing endorphins and reducing stress.

Music-making improves discipline and posture, and can also improve mental alertness, concentration, and memory.

Additionally, music-making, particularly in an intergenerational environment, can improve communication skills, build friendships, strengthen friend and familial relationships, and boost confidence.

Join us! We're good for your health!

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