Motown Musical Mentors
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Youth Ensembles’ goal is to have music education programs for all ages that instruct and inspire current and future musicians and audiences.
ENGAGEMENT: We engage the community through music education programs that provide exposure, training and advocacy.
BRIDGE BUILDER: We know that knowledge and understanding of music connects all cultures and generations.
CHALLENGE: We seek to inspire and develop imagination while challenging participants to achieve their full musical potential.
OPPORTUNITIES: We provide opportunities for musical development for people of all ages, economic status, and skill levels.
Approximately 700 students participate in the Civic Youth Ensembles in a variety of musical settings including orchestras, jazz ensembles and chamber music. Participants receive coaching by DSO musicians and have the opportunity to work with guest artists performing at the DSO.
We are committed to teaching the smallest of hands to play the biggest of movements.
Your Voice is an Instrument of Music Advocacy
Research overwhelmingly demonstrates the positive effects of music education. It dramatically enhances children’s abstract reasoning skills necessary for learning math and science and improves long-term spatial temporal reasoning leading to consistently higher scores on the SAT test.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is passionate about and dedicated to making our program accessible to any and all students who wish to pursue the study of music. Our DSO Education Programs are only sustainable thanks to the dedication of donors like you. You make the music possible.
The Motown Musical Mentor program offers donors a unique opportunity helps to underwrite the cost of a student’s annual tuition. A donor takes financial responsibility for 1 student for 1 year, and personally invests in the musical future of an entire orchestra. By becoming a Motown Musical Mentor you will support a community striving for artistic excellence, illustrate your commitment to music education, and advocate on behalf of a child’s dream.
As a Motown Musical Mentor you provide the following for an aspiring young musician:
- High quality music instruction for one year (September – May)
- Exposure to world-class artists
- Rehearsals and performances in unparalleled facilities
- Access to DSO performances
As a Motown Musical Mentor, you become more than a donor; you become an advocate for the arts on behalf of children. Our program is profoundly personal for both the donor and the Civic Youth Ensemble student. Come to the DSO and witness firsthand the impact of your gift. Twice annually, the Civic Youth Program will present Motown Musical Mentor Appreciation Concerts. Listen to the full value of your collaboration and support!
Motown Musical Mentor Opportunities:
- Attend Motown Musical Mentor Appreciation Concerts
- Meet & Greet with your Civic Student and family
- Tour the rehearsal spaces
- Meet the conductors
- Attend the Civic Youth Ensemble Concert
- Share your own dedication and passion for music education and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra with your CYE student
- Send notes of inspiration, receive letters of appreciation
$100 - Solo Supporter: Pays for 1 private lesson
$250 - Instrumental Investor: Covers instrument rental for 1 student
$500 - Promoter of Practice: Subsidizes 1 weekend of CYE rehearsals
$1,500 - Motown Musical Mentor: Underwrites 1 student’s annual CYE tuition
$3,000 - Fervent Fan: Funds 1 guest artist
$5,000 - Guarantor of Greatness: Sponsors a CYE Mentor
$10,000 - Exponent of Excellence: Finances the leadership of a CYE Conductor
For more information on the Motown Musical Mentors Program please contact the DSO Development Office at (313) 576-5074. Download the Motown Musical Mentors flyer here.