Watch WFMT’s Bach to School Virtual Assembly with Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative


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On March 22, WFMT hosted a Bach To School Virtual Assembly featuring the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative; WFMT presenter and Introductions producer and host Robbie Ellis moderated a discussion with CMPI project director James Hall and violinist Esme Arias-Kim.

The mission of the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative is to identify and develop gifted and motivated orchestral students from underrepresented backgrounds for acceptance into top-tier conservatory, college, or university classical music programs in preparation for careers as professional musicians. They discuss how their involvement in music has shaped their lives. The CMPI quartet virtual performances include George Walker’s String Quartet No. 1, 2nd movement, known as Lyric for Strings, and Jessie Montgomery’s Strum.

WFMT’s Bach to School Music Program helps teachers build the foundation of classical music for the youngest members of our community by donating instruments, online resources, and sets of classical music to classrooms throughout the Chicagoland area.

Funding is provided by the Ralla Klepak Foundation for Education in the Performing Arts and members of WFMT’s Encore Society.