Music School of Delaware Suzuki Academy members to perform with MSO

The Music School of Delaware announced that Southern Delaware members of its Suzuki Academy will join the Mid-Atlantic Symphony in performance at The Freeman Stage on Saturday, Aug. 31.

Organized by Milford Branch Director Amos Fayette, the event will be a rare occasion for emerging young musicians to engage in a live performance with a full orchestra.

This partnership came about as a result of Fayette’s connections with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and his longtime friendship with its Music Director, Julien Benichou. 

“[The Music School] always seeks new ways to collaborate, and we felt this would deliver that ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience for our Suzuki Academy musicians,” Fayette noted. “As a performer, the chance to be a soloist with a professional orchestra is a great milestone, and we hope for these young artists it will be an equally distinct honor.”

The performance will feature four violin students — Aria Gill, McKayla Hwang, Sigrid Evers and Avila Blessing — who will play “Vivaldi’s Concerto in B Minor RV 580” with the orchestra. In preparation for this performance, the ensemble will be coached by Music School Suzuki Academy instructor, Jacob Colby.

“Partnerships like this are vitally important,” Colby said, “because they provide our students both incredible opportunities and enriching experiences that benefit not only the students themselves but also our surrounding community.”

The Music School of Delaware’s Suzuki Academy is headed by Shelley Beard Santore.