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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Auburn Symphony goes online to help and be helped

Ashlee Stacy Staff Reporter May 05

After cancellations of the rest of the concert season and the largest fundraiser of the year, the Auburn Symphony Orchestra has come up with a plan to stay connected with audience members.

The symphony is sharing online resources with audience members such as recordings of past performances with zero charge.

Auburn Symphony Music Director Wesley Schulz said, “We are also trying to help by sharing music education resources” to families who have children.

Schulz said that he hopes that the videos could “fill in as online curriculum for students that are learning from home.”

Schulz is also the associate conductor at North Carolina Symphony and is connecting the Auburn audience with North Carolina resources.

At the North Carolina Symphony, “We have created a streaming version of our Education concert for fourth and fifth graders and in the video,” Schulz said. “I host and explain various elements of music.”

“Our No. 1 goal right now is to steer our organization through this unprecedented time in a way that we can emerge on the other side ready to stage concerts with our beloved musicians and audience once again,” Schulz said.

Funding is another concern for the Auburn Symphony.

Rachel Perry is the executive director at Auburn Symphony Orchestra and has said fundraising is what the symphony is mostly relying on during the pandemic.

What was going to be the largest fundraiser of the year was cancelled as well as the last concert of the season.

“We rely heavily on individual donations even while not in a global pandemic,” Perry said.

Perry and the rest of the board have said they are trying their best to involve their audience members as much as possible.

Audience members can participate in donating to the symphony through the Auburn Symphony GiveBIG campaign at https://www.givebigwa.org/auburn-symphony-orchestra.

“GiveBIG is a statewide online giving day for nonprofits,” Perry said. The GiveBIG campaign will take place on May 6.

Audience members can participate in donating to the symphony on the Auburn Symphony Orchestra website as well at auburnsymphony.org.

“We know that the economic impact of the virus is widespread, but every donation is not just a sign of monetary support,” Perry said. “It's a message of care, thoughtfulness, and appreciation for the important place we hold in our community.”