Local non-profit tries to get children involved in music

The Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras held a special performance today to help get more children involved in music before reaching high school.

Posted: Mar. 21, 2018 5:34 PM

EUGENE, Ore. - Nearly one thousand Springfield Elementary students from eight different schools across the district watched a special musical performance at Springfield High School on Wednesday.

The Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras is a non-profit that helps fill the void left by the lack of music programs in some grade schools.

Their goal is to give kids the opportunity to learn an instrument before reaching the high school level.

Wednesday's concert was a way to get the kids excited and see if they wanted to get involved with the program.

"When you bring children in early and you develop that love and that skill," said Dr. Sue Rieke-Smith, Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools. "That next generation will produce itself on the other end as adults."

The Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras offers scholarships so students can participate without the family having to worry about finances. You can find more information about scholarships on their website, here.

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