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Carnegie Hall visits music students at Howe Avenue Elementary

Instructor talking in front of music students Howe Avenue Elementary School music students delivered a special musical performance in front of representatives from the Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall and staff from the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera.


“The most exciting part for us is to see passionate teachers working with their students and bringing joy and creativity to empower students to use their voices,” Carnegie Hall Weill Institute Manager of Learning and Engagement Hillarie O’Toole said.


“It’s very special to me,” said fifth grader Solana Williams. “I was so surprised when I figured out that they flew all the way from New York.”


The presentation kicked off with a vocal warm-up activity where the students were joined by guest artist Jeanette Blakeney.


Blakeney shared that she enjoys giving back to younger generations.


“It’s amazing because when I was little I was one of those kids,” Blakeney said


Under the direction of Howe Avenue’s music director, Gayle Winney, the students performed a few different melodies. The event concluded with a question and answer session led by Carnegie Hall staff.


More than 30 students participated in the special musical performance.