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First Lady Michelle Obama Recognizes OrchKids, directed by Dan Trahey ’03MM

Dan Trahey, right, with Michelle Obama and Asia Palmer

Dan Trahey, right, with Michelle Obama and Asia Palmer

The White House announced last week that the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids program, directed by YSM alumnus Dan Trahey, was one of 12 recipients of the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

In a ceremony at the White House on November 22, First Lady Michelle Obama presented the award to OrchKids artistic director Dan Trahey and eighth grader Asia Palmer, who has participated in OrchKids since 2008.

The NAHYP Awards are the signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The BSO’s flagship community engagement program is recognized for its effectiveness in developing learning and life skills in young people by fostering arts and arts education in their communities.


Published November 26, 2013
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Dan Trahey heads to Venezuela to study El Sistema

dan traheyDan Trahey ’03MM returned to the School of Music this week to present at the Symposium on Music in Schools. Currently the program manager for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s ORCHKids education initiative, as well as a music teacher mentor for the Peabody Conservatory of Music, he joined with Larry Friend and Bob Capanna to talk about El Sistema, Venezuela’s uniquely comprehensive music education system. Capanna, executive director of the Settlement Music School, is a 2008 recipient of a National Medal of Arts and the National Service Award of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. Friend, the coordinator of visual and performing arts for Baltimore City Public Schools, is currently crafting the district’s Blueprint for Arts Education.

Check back for video reports from the Symposium’s discussion groups, in which music educators from around the country gathered in small groups to examine the topics at hand.

Trahey is on his way to Venezuela to study El Sistema in greater depth. Follow his experiences on his blog.

Published June 12, 2009
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