Engaging Communities

2023 Festival | June 4–11, 2023

Engaging Communities

Watch for more information about our Engaging Communities program at the 2023 Festival later this year. Below, you can watch our 2021 Virtual Festival's Engaging Communities event!

Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 9am (EDT)

Watch on YouTube
BEMF Director of Community Engagement Nina Stern led a compelling and interactive program featuring young recorder players from around the globe. A renowned recorder player, Nina is the Artistic Director of S’Cool Sounds, an organization that uses the power of music to inspire, educate, and connect children. Families as well as Festival attendees enjoyed a live performance by an award-winning group of S’Cool Sounds students from the neighborhood of Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya alongside a virtual performance by a group of American children hailing from Seattle to New York, from New Jersey to Boston. The children then had an opportunity to greet each other and share stories, ending with a question and answer session for all viewers.

2021's virtual event will lay the foundation for the 2023 début of the BEMF Youth Ensemble, which will bring together young players of recorder, strings, and percussion from far and wide. Through the joyful collaboration of music-making, this program will create bonds and build community for the next generation of music lovers and beyond.

Special thanks to recorder teachers Julius Odhiambo and Jacob Saya In Nairobi; Evan Harris and Ruaridh Pattison in New York, Miyo Aoki, Vicki Boeckman, Sabine Endrigkeit, and Isabella Pagel in Seattle; Bonnie Kelly, Karen Robbins, and Jennifer Farley Smith in Boston; and Julienne Pape in New Jersey for gathering and instructing our young participants. Special thanks also to Peter Maund.