THE GOVERNOR MOREHEAD SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND TO HOST MUSIC FESTIVAL; STUDENTS AT EASTERN US SCHOOLS FOR THE BLIND TO PERFORM
The Governor Morehead School for the Blind (GMS) will host the 2016 Eastern Schools for the Blind Music Festival at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. In the same spirit as an “all-state band or chorus” event, every two years, schools for the blind in the eastern half of the United States and sometimes Canada, gather together in the spring to give instrumental and vocal performances.
This year there are six schools participating with approximately 200 students: GMS (Raleigh, NC), Overbrook School for the Blind (Philadelphia, Pa.), Perkins School for the Blind (Watertown, Mass.), St. Joseph’s School for the Blind (Jersey City, NJ), Maryland School for the Blind (Baltimore, Md.), and the New York Institute for Special Education (Bronx, NY).
The motto for the festival is Music is Our Vision. In fulfillment of this vision, the festival provides students with visual impairments an opportunity to share their talents and love of music. The students look forward to meeting new friends and enjoying the camaraderie of old friends made through the years. These same schools also participate in annual sporting events specifically for students with visual impairments.
On Oct. 23, 2015, the band directors from all participating schools came to GMS and chose the pieces for the festival. Each school learns the music in preparation for the spring festival.
The performance is open to the public and will be held on the Governor Morehead School for the Blind campus in the newly named Coates Auditorium, Lineberry Hall, 301 Ashe Avenue, Raleigh. Admission is free; however donations to GMS Arts are welcome.
For additional information, please contact Alice Zincone or 919.733.6192.
About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state’s public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.
For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.