Delaware Arts and Entertainment Education: Delaware Symphony Orchestra in Wilmington, David Amado, The Grand Opera House

Part of DSO’s mission is to provide “creative nourishment” to the community, says education programs coordinator Lisa Vaupel. So each year, more than 10,000 students and teachers, kindergarten through college, experience DSO on the GO, a suite of programs that provides concerts for school children at The Grand Opera House and Schwartz Center, as well as programs in Delaware schools. Master classes are available for musicians of any ability who would like help from the pros, DSO musicians, many of whom are teachers. DSO music director David Amado and special guest artists also host 30-minute Pre-Performance Conversations an hour before curtain for each Classical Series concert, and Amado is available to speak to groups privately. “Studying music at any level gives us powerful skills in problem solving,” Vaupel says. “It really promotes self-esteem and gives kids a sense of pride when they accomplish something they set out to do. It’s great for the social interaction side of development. It’s amazing the way they grow and flourish in those types of situations.” Wilmington, 656-7442,

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