Rockford Music Academy students journey to Japan

Measure 5, the performing and touring ensemble of The Music Academy of Rockford College, heads to Japan Wednesday, June 7, for a 10-day tour that marks the Academy’s 20th anniversary.

While in Japan, the group will perform in Kyoto, Matsumoto and at Kobe College, Rockford College’s sister college. They will also take a master class and perform with and for the students and teachers in Matsumoto, the home of the Suzuki Talent Education Institute and where Dr. Shinichi Suzuki began his work that transformed the world of music education. The Suzuki philosophy that all children have musical ability underlies all the work of the Music Academy, and many of its students are trained in the method and philosophy.

A reception will follow the Kobe College performance for Rockford College alumni living in Japan. Kobe College was founded in 1873 by two Rockford-area women—Eliza Talcott and Julia Dudley, a Rockford College alumnae.

Seventeen Music Academy students are traveling with Measure 5 to Japan. They range in age from 12 to 18.

“This is sure to be a wonderful experience for our students,” said Marti Frantz, director of the Music Academy. “We are all looking forward to the opportunity to perform in Japan. The students have taken this opportunity to heart. They have worked very hard in anticipation of this trip, and are performing beautifully. They will represent our community well.”

The Music Academy of Rockford College is a not-for-profit community school of music dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable instruction and performance opportunities to Academy students, regardless of age or ability. Nearly 700 students, from age 6 months to 85 years, take classes at the Academy. A full institutional member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, the Music Academy of Rockford College subscribes to the philosophy that the arts are fundamental and the pursuit of the arts is the rightful heritage of every individual.

From the June 7-13, 2006, issue

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