January 9, 2015

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

Valdosta Symphony Guild Presents Tunes for Tots Jan. 17

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta Symphony Guild will present its annual Tunes for Tots on Saturday, Jan. 17, in the Valdosta State University Fine Arts Building’s Whitehead Auditorium.

The fun will begin at 10 a.m. with instrument demonstrations by musicians from the American Prize-winning Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, allowing the children in the audience an opportunity to discover the unique sounds of the violin, cello, bassoon, flute, clarinet, oboe, horn, trombone, tuba, as well as percussion and various other instruments.

Performances by the South Georgia String Project will follow. Families will have the chance to learn more about this low-cost stringed instrument instructional program, which is designed for community students ranging in age from 8 to adult, during the event.

From 10:45 a.m. to noon, the Fine Arts Building will be converted into a petting zoo of sorts, allowing the children a chance to try all of the instruments of the orchestra.

Admission is free of charge; no ticket or reservation is required.

Free refreshments will be provided for the children.

Children of all ages are welcome to attend Tunes for Tots; however, an adult must accompany them.

Whitehead Auditorium is located on the first floor of the VSU Fine Arts Building, at the intersection of Brookwood Drive and Oak Street. Free parking for this event is available in the Oak Street park deck.

Call (229) 333-2150 for more information. 

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About the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra

Created in 1990, the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra serves both the cultural life of Valdosta and the regional academic mission of Valdosta State University. The high standard of performance of the orchestra enables it to attract guest soloists of national and international renown to the Valdosta community. The orchestra's membership is a unique blend of resident artist-faculty, students studying professional music disciplines, talented community performers, and carefully selected professionals from a five-state region. Supported by an Advisory Board of Directors, the Valdosta Symphony Guild, Valdosta State University, corporate sponsors, and hundreds of individual patrons, the orchestra has become an important part of the cultural life of the entire region. Its live performance of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony won the 2014 American Prize in Orchestral Performance.

About the South Georgia String Project

A joint venture of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and the Valdosta State University Department of Music, the South Georgia String Project provides an after-school music program where students can easily access low-cost stringed instrument instruction and a valuable, mentored teaching experience for music students at Valdosta State University. It offers technique classes, private lessons, and group classes. Performances are held several times a year both on campus and out in the community. The South Georgia String Project encourages the enjoyment of music and self-expression through the study of a musical instrument and actively seeks to provide opportunities for student leadership, parental participation, and involvement in the greater community. It was started in 1993 and originally offered on location at area public schools and taught by VSU professors. Classes start Jan. 21.

Valdosta State University’s 2013-2019 Strategic Plan represents a renewal of energy and commitment to the foundational principles for comprehensive institutions.

Implementation of the plan’s five goals, along with their accompanying objectives and strategies, supports VSU’s institutional mission and the University System of Georgia’s mission for comprehensive universities. 

Special events like Tunes for Tots help the university meet the following goals: 

Goal 1: Recruit, retain, and graduate a quality, diverse student population and prepare students for roles as leaders in a global society.

Goal 3: Promote student, employee, alumni, retiree, and community engagement in our mission.

Goal 4: Foster an environment of creativity and scholarship.

Goal 5: Develop and enhance Valdosta State’s human and physical resources.

Visit http://www.valdosta.edu/administration/planning/strategic-plan.php to learn more.

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