The Boeing Employees Choir will be featured at a special holiday concert this Friday evening, Dec. 6 in Burien. The free public event is a benefit for the Highline Music4Life™ program and is sponsored in-part by 4Culture.
“The Boeing ambassadors of goodwill are a wonderful way to start the holiday season,” said event coordinator Julie Nelson of Windermere Real Estate and the Burien-White Center Rotary Club. “They have made five concert tours in Europe, one to Australia and New Zealand and will tour Scotland and Ireland in 2015. We can enjoy them right here in Burien.”
Under the direction of Dr. David Chrysler, the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Burien Presbyterian Church, located at 15003 14th Av. SW in Burien. The choir sings approximately 20 concerts annually in a repertoire that spans Bach to Broadway. In case you’re a Boeing employee, retiree or family member, the choir is accepting applications from singers who might be interested in that Scotland/Ireland trip.
Highline Music4Life is the local organization that acquires “lovingly used” musical instruments, gets them repaired if needed, and provides them free of charge to Highline Public Schools for use by students of low income families. The program was created two years ago by the school board and is also sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Des Moines, Burien-White Center and SeaTac.
“You don’t have to be a Rotarian to support Music4Life,” added David Endicott, the organization’s President / CEO. “All that’s necessary is that you understand the unique value that instrumental music plays in the life and education of a child.”
More than 250 musical instruments have been acquired for Highline Schools’ kids.
Research now shows that young people who participate in instrumental music programs tend to do better in math, science, history, literature, languages (both English and foreign), even in computer science and other desirable academic disciplines, Endicott said. “And that’s in addition to what it teaches them in discipline and teamwork.”
Besides the Highline program, Music4Life also operates programs supporting Seattle, Shoreline and Edmonds Public Schools. New programs are expected soon for other school districts in the area. The initiative acquires used instruments from the garages or attics of adults who understand that their highest and best use is to put them back into play. With adequate resources, Music4Life can also buy new musical instruments for school districts. Endicott emphasizes that resources developed in any community are tracked separately and used for the benefit of the students in that community, according to donor wishes, whether it’s Highline or any of the others.
Currently, 75 percent of all fifth and sixth grade students in Highline Public Schools who participate in instrumental music programs are from families that are income-eligible. The Highline Music4Life™ program intends to assist at least half that number.
Highline Music4Life is supported in-part by grants from 4Culture, First Choice Health, Garvey Schubert Barer, the Highline Schools Foundation for Excellence, local Rotary clubs and other local community leaders.
For more information, visit http://highlinemusic4life.org.