Kids in Tune begins our new year, Monday September 19!

Our new year of Kids in Tune After School at Woods Lake begins Monday, September 19th!  We’ll get to work right away preparing for our annual Spooktacular concert in October.  We have some new tricks and treats planned for that special event.

In the meantime, please enjoy these scenes from the August 29th KPS faculty/staff kickoff performance.  Thanks to Ms. Liz for the photos!

Congratulations Greg Jennings, with gratitude from Kids in Tune

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Wide receiver Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a touchdown with a Lambeau Leap against the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field on December 9, 2007 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers beat the Raiders 38-7. (AP Photo/David Stluka)

Kalamazoo Kids In Tune congratulates Greg Jennings on his recent retirement from the NFL! We are deeply appreciative of Mr. Jennings’ long held commitment to the youth of Kalamazoo and are grateful to have received support through the Greg Jennings Foundation’s BE GREAT After School Program for four years.

We share the Jennings family’s commitment to “equipping youth for greatness” through outstanding after-school programming. We applaud Greg Jennings on a fantastic decade with the NFL, and a lifetime of inspiring young people to greatness on the field, in the classroom, and in our case, in the orchestra!

Here’s a link to the story on nfl.com

Kids In Tune Conga Flash Mob

A beautiful summer morning on the playground.  You won’t believe what happens next!

 

The music is Arturo Marquez’s “Conga del Fuego Nuevo” — one of our summer orchestra pieces.  Special thanks to the Kids in Tune staff for their cell phone video!

Video Recordings from our Summer 2016 Final Concert

Snapshot Summer Final 2016

On Thursday, August 4, Kids in Tune brought  our six-week summer session to a joyous close as we performed an hour-long concert for our family and friends.  The hall was decorated with projects from our time together:  Art projects inspired by countries represented by our program — Italy, Mexico, and Spain, student compositions, and academic work.

Here is a link to a YouTube channel with selected recordings.

The program:

Rossini's Barber of Seville Overture 
Dvorak's Symphony #9, fourth mvmt
Chamber Orchestra:  
       Eine Kleine Nachtmuzik, 1st mvmt, W.A. Mozart
       Brandenburg Concerto #2, 1st mvmt, J.S.Bach
       Star Wars Cantina Theme, John Williams
Conga del Fuego Nuevo, Arturo Marquez

A Flute Duet

What happens when two Kids in Tune flute students have a few minutes between rehearsals?  They read a duet!  Special thanks to flute teacher Ms. Elizabeth for all the work she’s done with the flutes this summer 🙂

Here’s a cell phone recording that captures  beautiful playing by Erica and Naomi:

kidsintune.org hits 1000!

 

 

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After two months of existence, kidsintune.org has passed 1000 views.

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Moving Day at Kids in Tune

After a terrific 6 week summer program, its time to move everything a children’s orchestra needs from our summer home at Prairie Ridge Elementary  back to Woods Lake Elementary for our school-year program.  The staff had fun being together one last time before our August break.   We feel very grateful to the Kalamazoo Symphony and their big truck!   Here are some photos