Award in the Amount of $10,000 Will Go to Further Symphony Education Programs

RALEIGH, NC – The North Carolina Symphony announced today that the Symphony has received a $10,000 grant from the A.J. Fletcher Foundation (AJF) to benefit its Education Programs.

“The dual mission of the North Carolina Symphony is music education and statewide service,” said Symphony Vice President for Philanthropy Mary Mc Lawson.  “This generous gift from the A.J. Fletcher Foundation will help the Symphony to continue to make great music available for schoolchildren all across the state.”

The North Carolina Symphony has one of the most extensive music education programs of any U.S. orchestra, performing over 40 education concerts a year for students throughout North Carolina.  In its 80-plus years, the Symphony has performed for more than 5 million students.  The program is designed to introduce students in the third through fifth grades to the principles of orchestral music, culminating in a live performance by the North Carolina Symphony.

The Symphony also provides workshops and professional development for music educators, administers competitions for young musicians and awards for educators, and hosts innovative programs such as Instrument Zoos, where youngsters can have hands-on experiences with instruments found in an orchestra.

“Music has the power to reach and teach children in a unique and powerful way,” said AJF Executive Director Damon Circosta.  “For decades, the North Carolina Symphony’s Education Programs have proven this through their exceptional outreach and we are proud to extend our support to continue their programming throughout the state.

The mission of AJF is to support nonprofit organizations in their endeavors to enrich the lives and well-being of people in North Carolina.  To achieve this, AJF partners with nonprofit organizations that recognize and solve social and civic problems and provides resources to advance big, bold ideas.  For more information, visit

About the North Carolina Symphony

Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony gives more than 200 performances annually to adults and school children in more than 50 North Carolina counties. An entity of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the orchestra employs 66 professional musicians, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn and Resident Conductor William Henry Curry.

Headquartered in downtown Raleigh’s spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and an outdoor summer venue at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., the Symphony performs about 60 concerts annually in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary metropolitan area. It holds regular concert series in Chapel Hill, Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington—as well as individual concerts in many other North Carolina communities throughout the year—and conducts one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra.

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