Over 12 years since its inception, more than 200 kids have passed through the program and currently 25 kids are part of its programs. The Choir is led by conductor, Jacqueline Teh and accompanist, Linda Ruan. Private and small group lessons are offered in violin, guitar and singing to those children who participate in the choir. The great thing about the choir is that the number of participants can be almost limitless with the same number of artistic staff. Reaching Out Through Music charges a one-time registration fee of $20 per family, regardless of how many family members or programs they participate in. Reaching Out Through Music is a registered charity and is privately supported by several organisations and individuals who contribute in various ways. ROTM simply would not function without the support of RBC, graphic designers, SOS, web design Alleyne Inc, and many more. Private individuals contribute financially, and through in-kind donations. The Church of St. Peter and St. Simon continues to be the primary provider of rehearsal and teaching space and more recently, The St. James Town Community Corner where piano lessons and a recorder choir are situated. The program is currently looking to spread its wings and attract many more participants. They plan to add a variety of new programs to its 2019/20 season including a jazz chamber choir, a ukulele choir, ongoing small group vocal coaching sessions, and a music theatre program. As well, ROTM will be looking to recruit a conducting intern from the local arts school to enhance its choir programs, and to provide an excellent learning opportunity for a highs chool student wishing to add music education experience to his/her resume.
“Every program I took part in was fun and engaging. It influenced me greatly from a musical standpoint. Everything I learned from ROTM programs has influenced my musical life outside of the program. I was able to apply my knowledge and experiences in my school’s curriculum and after school bands. The ROTM positively influenced my love for music.” – Cassius Joseph
Reaching Out Through Music’s next performance, Blue Skies, will be on Monday, May 27th, 7 pm. Please visit https://reachingoutthroughmusic.org/ for more details. Any child or youth interested in joining ROTM’s programs, please contact email@example.com. ROTM’s next intake sessions will be in September 2019.