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Kara Sainz and Friends Bring the “Joy of Opera” to Elementary Students

17-year-old vocalist Kara Sainz, along with three of her peers from the Murrieta Valley High School choir, organized an interactive program to share classical music with children.

What: An interactive program demonstrating classical music for a group of nearly 75 second and fifth grade students at the Ysabel Barnett Elementary School in Temecula, CA

When: April 16, 2010.

How: The presentation, titled the “Joy of Opera”, included several short selections from well-known works, solo and ensemble. The class was then split into two groups for activities, such as note identifications and instrument demonstrations. Kara chose this particular school because her younger sister (also an aspiring singer!) is a student there. Her sister’s second grade class was part of the audience. After scheduling the event, Kara worked on crafting a fun and interactive program with support from her vocal coach, Lori Ascani. She then recruited some of her high school choir members to join her in the program.

“The younger generation is a very important one, in that they are the future audience, and by influencing them through music presentations, it is setting up for a life where classical music/opera can continue to enrich peoples’ lives."

“Walking into a classroom of curious minds, and inviting them to explore music with my friends and me was a priceless opportunity.” – Kara

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