Rabobank Helps to Bring Music Education to 16,000 County-wide Each Year
SLO Symphony thanks signature music education sponsor for longstanding support
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA―Fully one third of the San Luis Obispo Symphony’s annual budget goes to support extensive Music Education Programs serving the county of San Luis Obispo. More than 16,000 children and adults take part in one or more of these programs, which are based on California State educational standards, every year. Rabobank has been a Symphony supporter for over a decade, sponsoring the popular “No Ties Allowed! Free Dress Rehearsals” at the Performing Arts Center. Rabobank’s generous $10,000 donation also earns them the title of “Signature Music Education Sponsor” for their support of the infrastructure that makes the Symphony’s Music Education programs possible.
Nine distinct programs comprise the Symphony’s music education continuum, including Everyday Etudes, Strings in the Schools, The Music Van, and a range of professional training and performance opportunities offered through the Symphony and Youth Symphony.
“When you consider the way schools are struggling, especially in the current economy, these programs become critically important,” said Symphony Music Education Director, Andrea Stoner. “Rabobank’s continuing generosity helps us to fill that ever-increasing need.”
Perhaps most recognized for their support of the Symphony’s immensely popular pre-concert dress rehearsals, Rabobank has sponsored the “No Ties Allowed! FREE Dress Rehearsals” since 1997. Last year, more than 4,000 people stood in line outside the PAC to attend these casual and entertaining afternoons of music.
“Rabobank is proud of our long term affiliation with the San Luis Obispo Symphony. We are one of their many community partners and enjoy sponsoring the No Ties Allowed! Free Dress Rehearsals” said Steve Harding, Regional President of Rabobank, N.A. “Rabobank supports the SLO Symphony and other nonprofit organizations that make a sustainable difference in the community.”
The first No Ties Allowed! FREE Dress Rehearsal of the 2011-2012 Season will take place on Saturday, October 8th at 1 pm at the Christopher Cohan Center. All are welcome to attend absolutely free of charge.
For more information about the San Luis Obispo Symphony, the upcoming concert season, their music education programs, and “No Ties Allowed!” please call (805) 543-3533 or go to www.slosymphony.com.
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