The 35th Annual Drayton Family Education Concerts took place on Wednesday, October 11th at 9:30 am, 11:10 am, and 12:45 pm. Maestro Rick DeJonge was this year’s conductor, incorporating some of his own compositions and arrangements. This year’s concerts provided music education to over 5,000 students and educators from Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan.
Education Guides are provided for free every year, mailed out at the start of the school year to participating schools and available online as a PDF. This year’s guide was created by our newly appointed Education Manager, Jared Coller.
The LCSO thanks the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte, Everwise Credit Union, Kankakee Valley REMC, Dr. Mark and Mrs. Judy Jacobi, David and Dr. Linda Sirugo, Kappa Kappa Kappa of La Porte, and Kappa Kappa Kappa of Westville for their support of these concerts. Because of their sponsorship, the LCSO is able to only charge $1 per student to attend.
We would also like to thank Michael Drayton and the staff of Drayton, Biege, Sirugo & Elliott, LLP, for their incredible service of contacting schools, collating education guides, taking reservations, and handling all the seating for our annual Children’s Concerts. For 35 years, these wonderful people have been giving their time and talent to enable the success of these concerts.
The excellence of the LCSO’s educational outreach is significant for the area and these concerts have been recognized as one of the most successful concerts in the nation by the American String Teachers Association and the National School Orchestra Association.