Sonoco, TEACH foundations bring Charleston Symphony Orchestra to Hartsville schools

Sonoco, TEACH foundations bring Charleston Symphony Orchestra to Hartsville schools
Posted on 02/02/2016
Charleston Symphony OrchestraHARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Charleston Symphony Orchestra toured seven Darlington County School District (DCSD) schools in Hartsville recently as part of a coordinated music education outreach program, sponsored by the Sonoco Foundation.

The music education program included of a total of 11 performances in front of hundreds of students at the seven DCSD schools and a free community concert. The orchestra also performed at a local day care.

“For more than a century, Sonoco has supported educational enrichment, particularly in Darlington County,” said Roger Schrum, vice president, investor relation and corporate affairs with Sonoco. “We were honored to bring the Charleston Symphony to Darlington County schools for a series of performances and learning sessions with students of all ages.

“The Charleston Symphony sessions align with our mission of supporting a comprehensive scholastic excellence program in public schools that expands curriculum opportunities and further improves student achievement through collaborative academic and social development initiatives.”

The TEACH Foundation, which administers the Sonoco Foundation-funded PULSE Initiative in several Hartsville-area schools, helped coordinate the day of performances.

“It was a privilege to have members of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra come to our Hartsville schools to share the joy of music,” said Sharman Poplava, executive director of the TEACH Foundation. “Musical outreach like that provided by Charleston Symphony Orchestra is a component of both the TEACH Foundation’s Accelerated Learning Opportunities program at Hartsville High School as well as a supporting pathway of the Comer School Development Program in Hartsville elementary schools.”

The orchestra performed throughout the day in several groups including a woodwind quartet, a woodwind quintet, a string quartet, a string quintet, a percussion duo and a brass quintet. Each performance lasted either 30 or 40 minutes. The day concluded with a free community concert on the campus of Coker College.

Marisa Johnson, DCSD arts and innovative programs coordinator, thanked the Sonoco and TEACH foundations for enriching experiences in the arts for students in Hartsville.

“We are so fortunate to have great partnerships with Sonoco and the TEACH Foundation to provide meaningful arts experiences for our students of Darlington County School District,” Johnson said. “The Charleston Symphony performed beautifully, and our children were able to see and hear a professional group perform at its best. We believe arts education extends beyond the classroom; therefore, all students should have access to the arts by means of exhibitions, performances, auditions and supplemental lessons. We sincerely thank everyone involved for making this experience a reality for our children.”

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