Native Instrument Academy Students rehearse for the Norwalk Youth Symphony’s 60th anniversary concert

Yesterday, students from the Native Instrument Academy had its first rehearsal for the Norwalk Youth Symphony’s 60th anniversary concert and alumni reunion. The Norwalk Youth Symphony has invited INTAKE to celebrate with them making this our very first concert featuring the integrated symphony orchestra. INTAKE kids were rehearsing for their big debut this Sunday at Norwalk City Hall at 3pm. The repertoire that they’ll be playing along with the Norwalk Youth Symphony, “Hoedown” from the ballet titled “Rodeo”, is by the famous American composer Aaron Copland, who is considered a prominent figure in the classical music field in America.

Jessica McNamara will be conducting the young musicians this upcoming Sunday as she is Conductor of the Philharmonia Strings Orchestra for the Norwalk Youth Symphony. Yesterday, she invited INTAKE to rehearse at Norwalk Concert Hall. It was very different to see and hear our students in a concert hall setting compared to the community room and their individual practice room settings.

It was exciting to see our violin, viola and charango students share the stage with other talented string players from across Fairfield County. Our kids have really shown growth and progress, especially since our summer program. INTAKE parents were glowing with pride when seeing their kids play in a different setting. All members of the INTAKE Family will be present at this Sunday’s concert and are looking forward to future presentations of our integrated symphony orchestra.
We are proud of our symphonic partners from Norwalk and we are excited to be bridging cultures and communities through classical music.


Ayer, los estudiantes de la Academia de Instrumentos Nativos tuvieron su primer ensayo general con la Sinfónica Juvenil de Norwalk, para celebrar el décimo sexto concierto de aniversario y reunión de ex alumnos. La Sinfónica Juvenil de Norwalk ha invitado a INTAKE para celebrar con ellos haciendo de este nuestro primer concierto de la Orquesta Sinfónica Integrada. Los niños de INTAKE estaban ensayando para su grán debut este domingo en el municipio de Norwalk a las 3pm. El repertorio que van a tocar junto con la Sinfónica Juvenil de Norwalk se titula “Hoe down”, del ballet titulado “Rodeo”, del famoso compositor estadounidense Aaron Copland, quien es considerado una figura prominente en el campo de la música clásica en América.

Jessica McNamara va a dirigir los jóvenes músicos este próximo domingo, con la Orquesta Filarmónica de Cuerdas de la Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Norwalk. Ayer, ella invitó a INTAKE para ensayar en el municipio de Norwalk. Este ensayo era muy diferente ya que ver y escuchar a nuestros estudiantes en un ambiente de sala de conciertos en comparación al salón comunitario y sus salas de prácticas individuales.

Fue emocionante ver a nuestros alumnos de violín, viola y charango compartiendo el escenario con otros músicos de cuerdas y estudiantes talentosos de todo el Condado de Fairfield. Nuestros niños realmente han demostrado un crecimiento y progreso desde nuestro campamento de verano. Padres de INTAKE radiaban de orgullo al ver a sus hijos tocar en un entorno diferente. Todos los miembros de la Familia de INTAKE estarán presentes en el concierto de este domingo y están contentos de las futuras presentaciones de la Orquesta Sinfónica Integrada.

Estamos orgullosos de nuestros socios sinfónicos de Norwalk y estamos muy contentos de unir a las culturas y las comunidades a través de la música clásica.

Intake goes to Yankee Stadium

Yankees vs. Phillies June 23, 2015

Yesterday was an eventful day for INTAKE members. We were fortunate enough to have been given twenty Yankee tickets by Harman Kardon, an audio equipment company headquartered in Stamford, CT. Harman’s professional audio systems amplifies the sound for Yankee Stadium and other venues across the world. We thank them for their generosity and support!Continue reading

INTAKE’S work will be proudly supported by the United States embassy in Nicaragua

Today was a tremendous day for The Sister City Project of Norwalk/Nagarote. The Sister City Project of Norwalk/Nagarote is a partnership between the people of Nagarote, Nicaragua and the Greater Norwalk Area of Connecticut that focuses on sustainable community development and breaking the cycle of poverty for the most disadvantaged children in Nagarote. Today we celebrated with them their completed twenty-nine successful years of partnership!
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