As part of the non-profit Ravinia Festival’s “Reach Teach Play” Program, musicians from the “Sistema Ravinia” Orchestra Program performed for NorthPointe Resources July 24th at the Killian Center. Accompanied by 10 Ravinia instructors, 40 fourth graders from various elementary schools in the Waukegan Community Unit School District #60 played for roughly 30 minutes to a packed Doug Cygan Memorial Dining Hall full of NorthPointe staff and program participants.
Originally introduced to bring music education to families that cannot afford music lessons, Ravinia’s “Sistema Ravinia” program is an intensive and transformational orchestral music education program that aims to foster social development through exceptional music training for 3rd to 8th grade students in Chicago and Lake County public schools. Students in the program receive daily ensemble and orchestral instruction in their instrument.
After several NorthPointe program participants attended a concert July 2nd as part Ravinia’s Lawn Pass Program, Ravinia reached out to Development Manager Cheryl Dunlap with the opportunity of having students perform at the Killian Center.
“Many of our program participants are huge music fans, so after we were approached after the concert it was a no brainer to have them perform for us,” Ms. Dunlap stated, “our program participants had a wonderful time, and we can’t wait to have Ravinia back for another performance.”
Established in 1953, NorthPointe Resources is a premier provider of a full range of award-winning programs for people with disabilities and/or mental illness living in northern Illinois, supporting approximately 500 people annually. To learn more please visit www.northpointeresources.org.