Sunday, November 30, 2014

We are excited to have more opportunities this school year to learn from the amazing musicians in the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. We recently attended a rehearsal with violinist Jennifer Koh, and later this week we will get to see Orpheus perform with Jennifer Koh at Carnegie Hall!

Last Wednesday one of our ensembles, the WHEELS Jazz Messengers, performed at our first middle school awards assembly of the school year. The Jazz Messengers played everything from traditional Cuban music ("El Cuarto De Tula") to spirituals ("Down By the Riverside") to jazz standards ("I've Got Rhythm") to pop music (Michael Jackson's "Thriller"). We're proud of our musicians and of all the students that received awards for achievements related to academics and character.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

You can watch the WHEELS Fania All-Stars perform live online and on BronxNet TV at the Johnny Pacheco Latin Music and Jazz Festival at Lehman College tomorrow at 10am. Click this link for more information.

We are thrilled and grateful to be the recipients of a generous instrument grant from WQXR and the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation! The instruments we received were collected during the WQXR Instrument Drive.

WHEELS music students performed at the NYPR Gala on Monday night and were interviewed by the New York Times. Check out the article and video released by the Times today, featuring WHEELS!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Last spring the WHEELS Music Program helped the WQXR Instrument Drive collect nearly 3,000 donated instruments for NYC public school music programs! Now WQXR is raising money to repair each of the donated instruments before the instruments are distributed to schools. Please share this video (which includes WHEELS music students) and show your support!