Reaching Heights receives $4,550 grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

Pam Adamson, retired CH-UH instrumental music teacher, is surrounded by Heights Summer Music campers rehearsing for the camp's Finale Concert in June 2013.

Reaching Heights, a community nonprofit in Cleveland Heights that supports excellent public education, has been awarded $4,550 by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) for the Heights Summer Music Camp, which will mark its 10th year in June.

Reaching Heights mobilizes local musicians and music educators to create a week-long, affordable music-immersion experience for more than 90 10- to-15-year-olds who participate in the school district’s instrumental music program.

“We are excited to use some of these grant funds to promote attendance at the music camp’s finale concert on June 21, 2014,” said camp director Susie Kaeser. “Parents and campers are both surprised and awestruck by the remarkable quality of the orchestra’s performance, the skills demonstrated by chamber groups that perform in the reception area and from the stage, and the joyful choir. We’re eager to share this concert with an even larger community audience next year!”

CAC made this grant through its 2014 Project Support grant program, which supports Cuyahoga County-based projects that promote public access and encourage the breadth of arts and cultural programming in our community.

Heights Summer Music Camp is a weeklong day camp, where young musicians explore a wide range of musical styles in a variety of ensembles.

They participate in two orchestra rehearsals; work in their instrument group in a master class and in a sectional rehearsal; participate in a chamber group; and explore a new musical interest such as jazz, African drumming, guitar or choir.

Campers demonstrate their progress in a chamber group recital on Friday and in a finale concert on Saturday morning, the last day of camp.

Since 1989, Reaching Heights has worked since to engage the entire community in supporting excellence in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights public schools in three areas of focus: academic support, music support and community engagement.

To learn more about Heights Summer Music Camp and Reaching Heights, visit reachingheights.org or call 216-932-5110.

Patrick Mullen

Patrick Mullen is the executive director of Reaching Heights.

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