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Playing With Purpose. A Message from our Executive Director

Updated: Dec 31, 2019

Our 2018-2019 Annual Report, released this week, shares and celebrates stories and outcome measures that reflect our purpose and impact. We invite you to click below to read our full report and a message from our Executive Director


Click here to read our full 2018-2019 Annual Report


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A message from Executive Director, Christopher Schroeder:

Dear JQOP Friends and Families,


The holiday season is upon us, and we are taking time to step back and reflect on all that the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program (JQOP) community has accomplished together this past year. We are grateful for the role that each of you have played in making our 2018-2019 season a landmark year in our mission to provide hundreds of children in Boston Public Schools with access to high-quality music education and performance opportunities.


We continue to grow and learn, always holding ourselves to a higher standard of music-making and playing with purpose. This past year we introduced a seventh orchestra designed for new 1st-5th grade musicians. We launched 2 early-childhood pilot programs providing children as young as two years of age with twice-weekly music instruction. Nearly 200 youth musicians in our middle and elementary school programs took part in 36 community performances. Our team provided 900 hours of arts administration and teacher training to 7 collegiate musicians. We expanded our community outreach and received 2 national awards for our work in community music education.


Our focus has always been to ensure that our program is accessible and affordable for each child and family who seeks it. Behind each story, performance, and smile are champions who continue to help us achieve greater success for those we serve. We cannot do it alone and our success is through the generous support and partnerships with those who share our mission and passion: our talented and committed faculty; dedicated foundation and corporate support, advocacy from community leaders and officials, and generous contributions from individuals throughout Boston and across the United States.


Together, we are stewards of the meaningful work that happens each day in the rehearsal spaces and on the performance stages for our young musicians. We have a tremendous responsibility to create experiences for them to develop the tools and talents to find joy and success in all they seek to achieve. Through your support, we are able to provide our youth with continuous opportunities to discover, create, and inspire us all.


We are playing with purpose. We are JQOP.


With gratitude,


Christopher Schroeder

Executive Director


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