Nashville Symphony’s Accelerando Music Education Initiative introduces new class

Last updated on August 31st, 2017 at 01:43 pm

Nashville Symphony Accelerando Program Second Class (L-R) -- McKane (Max) Robinson, Angelina Bautista, Riya Mitra, & Xayvion Davidson

Nashville Symphony Accelerando Program Second Class (L-R) — McKane (Max) Robinson, Angelina Bautista, Riya Mitra, & Xayvion Davidson

The Nashville Symphony has announced that four local students have been selected for the second class of Accelerando, the groundbreaking music education initiative designed to facilitate the studies of gifted young musicians from diverse backgrounds and prepare them for careers in music.

All from Middle Tennessee, the students are Angelina Bautista, oboe, Grade 8, JFK Middle School, MNPS; Xayvion Davidson, bassoon, Grade 8, Rose Park Middle School, MNPS; Riya Mitra, violin, Grade 8, Sunset Middle School, Williamson County Schools; and McKane (Max) Robinson, trombone: Grade 7, Head Middle Magnet School, MNPS.

Launched in 2016, Accelerando seeks to create opportunities for musicians from ethnic communities underrepresented in today’s orchestras by providing them with instruction, mentorship, performance experience and assistance applying to music schools. The program is part of a nationwide effort among American ensembles to ensure that the orchestras of tomorrow reflect the richness and diversity of the communities they serve.

The four students were introduced during an event at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Thursday, August 17, with members of the Nashville Symphony staff in attendance, including chief operating officer Steve Brosvik and director of education and community engagement Walter Bitner. These four students join the six members of the inaugural class of Accelerando, bringing the total number of participants in the program to 10.

“Each of these students possess the talent and drive to make an impact on the future of American orchestras,” said Kimberly Kraft McLemore, Accelerando program manager. “They represent the Nashville Symphony’s commitment to ensuring that young people from across Middle Tennessee have access to the highest-quality music education, and I’m excited to watch their growth and development in the coming years.”

In March, nearly three dozen students took part in auditions for Accelerando, which were adjudicated by Nashville Symphony musicians. The four participants were chosen earlier this month and will begin private lessons this September. As part of the program’s intensive curriculum, each of the students will participate in their local youth orchestras, will have the opportunity to participate in master classes, and will be provided complimentary tickets to the Nashville Symphony’s Aegis Sciences Classical Series.

Accelerando is a program of the Nashville Symphony, in partnership with Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Conexión Américas and Choral Arts Link.

Meet Xayvion Davidson: Xayvion Davidson is a rising eighth grader at Rose Park Middle School in Metro Nashville Public Schools. He has been playing bassoon for three years and studying privately under the direction of Dr. Maya Stone. Xayvion participated in the Mid-state Silver Band as a second chair bassoonist and Metro Honors Silver Band and MNPS Gold Summer Band where he earned first chair. He has also performed in MTSBOA Solo and Ensemble three times and received superior ratings. Along with his joy of music, Xayvion enjoys playing baseball and games, watching movies, and listening to and reading (audio) books.

John Williams’ September 9 Performance with Nashville Symphony to be Broadcast Live

John Williams’ first-ever Nashville appearance on September 9 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center will be broadcast live by Nashville Public Radio’s 91Classical, giving fans of the legendary composer the chance to experience the sold-out concert on the radio, online and via mobile app.

The concert will open with Nashville Symphony music director Giancarlo Guerrero conducting Williams’ concerto for orchestra and bassoon entitled The Five Sacred Trees, a showcase for principal bassoonist Julia Harguindey. The second half will feature Williams conducting the orchestra as they perform highlights from some of his more than 100 film scores.

The performance will be aired on 91Classical on 91.1 FM WFCL-FM beginning at 8 p.m. on September 9. Listeners can also tune in online at www.91one.org or via the Nashville Public Radio mobile app.