The Youth Mentorship Program (YMP) aims to contribute to students’ holistic growth through the vehicles of music and extramusical opportunities to connect with a diverse community of students and professional musicians. In 2023, our Lesson Bank and YMP were integrated to provide weekly private instrumental lessons for all participants. In collaboration with our 2022-2023 Sphinx Orchestral Futurist in Residence, Yasmine Bougacha, we introduced an additional component, the YMP Chamber Players. This program includes chamber group assignments, biweekly chamber music coachings, and various performance opportunities. This year we welcome our new OFIR, violinist Camille Jones who will bring a fresh perspective on mindfulness and creative expression to the program.
In addition to the performance aspect of the program, students will have the opportunity to participate in workshops focusing on life skills, college preparation and personal development. Studying an instrument requires and improves abilities such as time management, working efficiently alone and within a group, project management, etc. Within this program we discuss and work on these abilities, preparing students for future tasks and various professional paths after high school.
We are thrilled to provide a program of high-quality instruction and workshops for students who are passionate about improving their musical and personal skills. What makes this program powerful is the experience of being in a chamber group and the relationships built with highly regarded professionals from the NatPhil and DC community. These partnerships provide access to information, career-building connections and, most importantly, affirmations that these talented students are worthy to achieve any goal they desire, no matter their upbringing. Additionally, to provide easier access to all our engagements this season, we will offer each admitted student a small stipend to support their commute and transportation within the program.
Youth Mentorship Program & Summer String Institute Supporting Community Partner
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