They are accustomed to playing Bach and Beethoven during more quiet concerts, but more than 1,000 NISD orchestra students will be “rockin’ it out” as world-renowned electric violinist Mark Wood brings his music education program “Electrify Your Strings (EYS)” to NISD this week.
Organized through SA POWR (San Antonio Parents of Orchestras Who Rock), middle and high school strings students will receive instruction from Wood in the areas of improvisation, composition, and personal expression. EYS is an intensive rock and roll workshop for school music education departments that boosts student self-esteem and motivation.
“This is an amazing opportunity for orchestra students to step away from the music stand and sheet music, and connect with music and other musicians in a whole new way,” says James Miculka, director of Fine Arts programs in NISD.
Because of the success of the program, the numbers of participants have grown over the years resulting in a need to have two culminating concerts. Concerts will be held Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. at the NISD Sports Gym.