Sinfonia Toronto announces Digital Inclusion Project


Toronto, ON – Sinfonia Toronto has launched its Digital Inclusion Project, an online initiative to bring the orchestra’s performances to Toronto’s non-profit community music schools and residents in long-term care facilities.

Music Director Nurhan Arman announced the project with keen enthusiasm, saying, “this project is destined to enrich the lives of citizens who can’t attend concerts in person even during normal times, and to inspire and enhance learning for music students.  It will also provide some additional activity and work for our musicians in this time of continuing lockdowns, as they will host virtual seminars to supplement the students’ concert experiences.  Our virtual concerts are being provided free of charge to these communities.”

The orchestra’s Director of Operations Margaret Chasins added, “students will have pre- and post-concert seminars spaced a few days before and after each concert. The sessions will include hosts’ introductions about the music and time for students to ask questions and contribute their own comments and reactions. We are delighted that Toronto composer and educator Ron Royer is serving as our seminar consultant.”

Following each concert, questionnaire responses from long-term care activities staff and music school program coordinators will be compiled for analysis at the end of the year and a final project consultant’s report to be shared by the national service organization Orchestras Canada.

Sinfonia Toronto’s Digital Inclusion Project is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund.

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