The Willard Daetsch Youth Outreach Program
The CCO's successful Youth Outreach Program visits the schools in and around Tompkins County each Spring to provide a classical music experience for youngsters - right in their own classrooms. Willard Daetsch, a former Board member and longtime dear friend and supporter, had the idea that inspired the creation of these school visits and in August of 2012, the CCO re-named the program in his honor.
For over fourteen years, an ensemble of musicians from the CCO has visited second-grade classrooms over a six county area.
The program consists of three phases:
By familiarizing students with instruments before they have the opportunity to participate in the school's instrumental instruction program, the CCO hopes to promote individual music study in elementary school and beyond. The CCO is happy to share our enthusiasm and interest with kids of any age, and we appreciate the collaborative spirit of the schools and the individual teachers – this program wouldn’t be the success it is without your active involvement.