New Van Delivers North Carolina Symphony Programs to More Students

Vehicle funded by grant from the SECU Foundation
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The North Carolina Symphony woodwind quintet joins representatives from SECU Foundation in front of the symphony’s new music education van.

With the support of the member-funded State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation, North Carolina Symphony has debuted a new vehicle that will carry music education programming musicians and their instruments across North Carolina.

A $59,400 grant from the SECU Foundation has provided funding for the custom-designed van, equipped to transport the musicians, their instruments and staff members to locations hosting the symphony’s interactive programs. These programs include Ensembles in the Schools, which brings the symphony’s string quartet and woodwind quintet into elementary school classrooms; Music Discovery, a music and literacy program for preschoolers; and the Instrument Zoo, through which children try out orchestral instruments. 

These programs travel to areas of the state that otherwise would have little to no access to music education. They engage 8,000 of the 70,000 individuals reached annually through the symphony’s education initiatives.   

The new symphony-owned van will alleviate vehicle rental costs previously associated with statewide music education travel — providing the organization with the capacity to provide more program offerings. The van will also help the symphony engage an additional 1,000 students each year.


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