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The Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival is dedicated to the advancement of musical development in the youth of eastern North Carolina. Outreach projects target youth from the early elementary age all the way to the college level. Our projects include performances and presentations at Pitt County Schools, a Children's Residency, Family Night, Next Generation concerts, Next Gen on the Road, open rehearsals and master classes.
During each residency of the Greenville Concert Season, artistic director Ara Gregorian and the Four Seasons guest artists travel to elementary schools within the Greenville community to introduce classical music to students. The presentation includes a short performance, background information on the music and time for questions. This is an opportunity for students to ask questions about playing instruments, classical music, practicing and more.
There is no better way to introduce children to music than by experiencing a live performance. That is why each year, Four Seasons collaborates with a guest teaching artist in the presentation of an interactive concert for school children.
Family Night takes place on Friday, February 20 and is a fun and educational activity for the whole family, not just the kids! Contact 252-328-6019 to reserve your seats. Reservations will become available in January, 2015. Learn more.
View more letters from the 5th grade class of Wintergreen Intermediate School.
Open rehearsals are an opportunity for members of the public to come and see what happens behind the scenes. It takes lots of work to put together a piece of music and watching an open rehearsal can give you a glimpse of what it's like. Open rehearsals take place every Tuesday of a Greenville concert residency. An open rehearsal and master class schedule is below.
During each residency, guest artists give master classes to students of the East Carolina University School of Music. Master classes with world-renowned artists throughout the school year are one of Four Seasons' strongest initiatives in musical development. They are free and open to the public.
View Open Rehearsal & Master Class Schedule
Next Generation concerts are a one of a kind event. Once a semester, Four Seasons collaborates with a guest artist, a former student, ECU faculty artists and current music students to put on an exciting performance that is free of charge. This interaction between faculty, students, and guest artists is another example of how Four Seasons creates opportunities that are exclusive to the ECU community. Learn more about Next Generation Concert I and Next Generation Concert II.
Next Gen on the Road is an innovative outreach initiative that takes Next Generation concerts on the road, presenting concerts and working with young musicians in the region through intensive one-on-one and classroom settings.