Jim Hawley – Program Director
Needs Being Addressed
Many populations and neighborhoods in San Mateo County are culturally isolated due to economic and other factors. As a result, opportunities to experience diverse arts performances is limited.
Masterworks Chorale’s Outreach programs create valuable and lasting community partnerships. With fun and innovative approaches, our workshops bring musical education and appreciation to groups who may not otherwise have access to choral music. Our programs enrich the lives of our choir members, giving singers a unique opportunity to share their love of choral music with the larger community.
Under the leadership of Outreach Director Jim Hawley, Masterworks Outreach serves populations within San Mateo County, building connections with diverse groups including low-income and homeless families, the elderly, and children with special needs.
Feel the music | paint the music | sing out | pop-up choir | song partners
Feel the Music
Designed for children in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, Feel the Music helps children connect with music in a unique, meaningful and playful way. In a series of on-site song classes, Masterworks Chorale’s Artistic Director, Dr. Bryan Baker, along with a volunteer ensemble of Masterworks singers, introduces the basic concepts of choral music to students, engaging them through tactile games, body percussion exercises, and visual art in a special Paint the Music session.
Students also attend one or more Masterworks rehearsals to have a true “hands on” experience with the chorale. Participants rotate through five Vibration Stations – Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, and Grand Piano putting their hands on the faces and necks of singers in each section and on the piano’s sound box truly feeling the musical sounds as they are produced.
Participants are given complimentary guest passes for themselves and up to two family members to attend an upcoming Masterworks concert.
Sing Out is a series of choral music workshops created for under-served students in San Mateo County schools and community centers.
Masterworks Artistic Director Dr. Bryan Baker and/or Outreach Instructor Katie Lipka, along with a volunteer ensemble of Masterworks singers, conduct on-site song classes, introducing children to the basic concepts of choral music. Through fun musical games, vocal exercises, song rehearsals and visual art in a special Paint the Music session, students work toward performing what they’ve learned at a special concert for their peers.
All participants will be given complimentary guest passes for themselves and up to two family members to attend an upcoming Masterworks concert.
Paint the Music
Paint the Music sessions are a fun and unique component of the Feel the Music and Sing Out programs. Led by Paint the Music Director Tricia Seibold, using materials provided by Masterworks, participants paint visual interpretations of their song class experiences. Art works are displayed in a special lobby exhibition at subsequent Masterworks concerts.
Pop Up Choir
Masterworks Pocket Choir provides ensembles of Masterworks singers to perform choral music schools, hospitals, community centers, eldercare facilities and at a wide variety of community events. Performances vary in length and style, and may or may not be accompanied.
Song Partners connects the elderly and specials needs community with the Masterworks singer and concert experience. Through live performance, videos and storytelling, a small group of Masterworks singers take participants through the ups and downs of preparing for a big Masterworks concert, sharing their experiences and delving into each participants personal relationship with music. Participants are given complimentary guest guest passes for themselves and up to two family members to attend an upcoming Masterworks concert.
Song Partner participants receive a complimentary guest pass for one concert admission.