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Donation Received from the George B. Todd Fund for Dorchester County First Strings Program

Contact: Don Buxton (410) 819-0380
or Eleanor Magee (410) 819-0380

CM First Strings Grant

(Left to right) Bridget Lowrie, Chesapeake College, Charlie Capute, Chair of the George B. Todd Fund advisory committee, Mike Bracy, President, Board of Directors of Chesapeake Music, Adam Tolley, East New Market Volunteer Fire Dept., Emma Pinkett , Principal, Choptank Elementary School, W. Buck Duncan, President, Mid-Shore Community Foundation, and John McGinnis, member of the George B. Todd Fund advisory committee.

Recently, Chesapeake Music received a generous grant from the George B. Todd Fund with the Mid-Shore Community Foundation to support CM’s YouthReach program called First Strings in Dorchester County Public Schools.  CM’s YouthReach Program works with areas schools to bring a greater exposure of classical and jazz music to area students.  The First Strings initiative introduces 3rd and 4th grade students from Talbot and Dorchester Counties to the violin, while also exposing them to how to be a critical audience, to realize the fundamentals of teamwork and to appreciate the value of self-discipline.  Our First Strings program is a highly personalized and direct service to area school children that enhances the quality of their education and plants the seeds of love for music to last a lifetime.

In addition to this grant, CM receives generous private and public support from individuals, corporations and foundations as well as the Maryland State Arts Council and Talbot County Arts Council. Donations received fund not only the YouthReach First Strings initiative but our other signature programs like the biennial Chamber Music Competition and annual Chamber Music and Monty Alexander Jazz Festivals.

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