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Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's Music Connections Project

From the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's E-digest

Music Connections

WSO Music Connections
Mother & son of the
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's
Music Connections program

From time to time, the WSO receives letters from those that encounter the orchestra, whether it be at a concert or through one of our many Education & Outreach programs. Here is a touching example from a parent whose child participated in the Music Connections program.

Dearest Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra,

My sun, son,was one of the very privileged students who got to participate in the Music Connections program this year and on March 1, he played with the honourable, notable, renowned Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra! What a monumentous signature moment!

I wrote a thank-you to the school for the experience on the intake sheet. However, I would also like to thank you here.

This program really makes a difference in the lives of children.My sonwas a new student at Mulvey. We recently here moved from BC. Hence,My sonstarted his lessons later than every one of his classmates. However, the instruction was remarkable! It infusedhimwith a sense of passion and confidence in himself and gave him the impetus to be self-disciplined and "play" the flute everyday when he came home. Hence the word "play." For he truly felt inspired in a soulful and spirited way about the muse-ic. He had never felt confident enough to try music before.

He is also part Cree. He was taught about the ancestral philosophies in relation to music and "connections" which resonated in him like a tuning fork. The class was taught by an Indigenous gentleman who did a great job! He also became very curious to l-earn how to play other instruments because he realized that it is possible! Music is a universal language like love!

This class was truly instrumental... as it opened up a door and turned on a light. In fact... he still practices everyday!

It was wonderful to see him feel so capable and play like he did in the end. Such a short time can last for a lifetime.

In Loving Kindness,


PS: Thanks again!

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Walk in Beauty, - azchimp


Thank you for sending the flute out to me quickly.  The pitch is perfect and it's so easy to blow into.  Please email me whenever you have for sale additonal  ABS flutes in different keys.
Once again, thank you!
Be well,  - Joanne Degnan :)
"Your project flutes-for-kids rocks!" - Marina Nadir  


The flute that you so generously gave to me has been given to a very deserving at-risk teenager from a local native tribe.  I was doing an artist in residence program and this young man picked up the flute that I had been bringing with me and began to make incredible music with it.  This kid had been in a reserved shell for the entire program until he picked up that flute.  By the time he was done, another at risk teen had joined him in a duet with her singing.  Tears and joy were in full abundance.

It was immediately clear after that young man picked it up that that flute was now his.  

I just wanted to let you know that it found a deserving and permanent home.

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Rich, you are a good man with a good spirit....."
In Spirit,
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