For the 2017-2018 school year, the evenko foundation, in partnership with Sirius XM Canada, has committed to donating $200,000 in musical instruments to schools via its In harmony with our schools program. Since the beginning of the school year, the foundation has given 138 instruments (violins, guitars, cellos, double basses, djembes, transverse flutes) and equipment (microphones, lecterns, carts, tuners). And it’s not over – before the end of the school year, other schools will also have to chance to receive donations.
“evenko is very happy to get involved with young people through the many activities of the evenko foundation. We’re proud of all the musical instruments that have been or that will soon be donated to Quebec schools, contributing to preserving quality music programs,” says Jacques Aubé, Chief Operating Officer of evenko.
“The foundation is very happy to support music teachers and their students with its In harmony with our schools program. We’re always moved by the joy of the kids when they discover their new musical instruments. We also wish to acknowledge the devotion and enthusiasm of music teachers. Thanks to them and their music programs, kids discover new interests and can develop their skills,” adds the president of the evenko foundation, Roman Oryschuk.
31 musical instruments given to the Saint-Luc high school
Today, the evenko foundation for emerging talent carried on its mission to support, stimulate and foster young people’s interest in the performing arts by donating 31 musical instruments to the Music-Studies program of the Saint-Luc secondary school. Located in the Côte-Saint-Luc borough of Montreal, École Saint-Luc has 1,800 students from 97 countries, several of whom are newly arrived. Its enriched curriculum includes a Music-Studies program with jazz overtones.
The ceremony was hosted by foundation spokesperson and board member Anne-Marie Withenshaw and sponsored by Gabriella, the singer-songwriter who was all the rage when she appeared on The Voice France. The students were able to discuss and ask questions as the evenko foundation donated violins, violas, cellos and double basses to the school.
A busy year
Among the educational institutions visited by the evenko foundation in the last few months, let’s mention the Camille-Marcoux school in Sept-Îles ($25,000 in instruments and equipment), sponsored by Louis-Jean & Benoit Cormier, as well as L’École des jeunes of the Faculty of Music of the University of Montreal ($22,000 in instruments and equipment), sponsored by conductor Jean-François Rivest.
Through multiple initiatives, the evenko foundation for emerging talent is actively involved in the community to stimulate and foster young people’s interest in the performing arts. It offers an after-school music program in eight secondary schools in Quebec and financially supports more than 30 performing arts organisations such as Secondaire en spectacle, the Festival international de la chanson de Granby or Share the Warmth. Last October, the evenko foundation also crowned Annie Gaudreau-Roy, the winner of the first edition of the Musika contest, whose objective is to give an opportunity to emerging musicians and singers aged 18 to 25 to display their talent.
For additional information :
Link to the video at the Camille-Marcoux school in Sept-Îles: (https://www.facebook.com/fondationevenko/videos/1242809695863735/)
Link to the video at L’École des jeunes of the Faculty of Music of the University of Montreal: