Outreach Concerts Month: a pilot project.
The Vaughan String Quartet is involved in intense outreach activities during May, June and July 2018: we are performing for audiences who do not have access to traditional concert venues or, more in general, are not used to attend classical music concerts, such as youth (schools and kindergartens), seniors, people affected by health conditions (Alzheimer disease, people in the spectrum of autism) and First Nation People.
Therefore, with the generous support of the Edmonton Arts Council, the quartet is visiting schools, hospitals, senior centres and First Nation reserves to bring music to unserviced sectors of the audience.
Our performances differ from the stereotypical concept of concert by directly involving our audience in playing-along and dancing-along activities.
Several studies have shown the benefits of music making in children's growth, treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's and seniors wellness.
We are also actively involving the universe of people who rotate around our audience: families, teachers, therapists and professional care givers will help us to track the results of these musical experiences.
At the present moment we are also looking for volunteers with experience in psychometric assessments willing to collaborate with us in measuring the outcomes of our project. Feel free to contact us!