2021-22 Virtual Discovery Program
Soundscapes: Music and Visual Art

Available now: Curriculum Packet, Fall 2021 Virtual Pop-In Registration
Coming up: Discovery Concert (March 2022)

The theme of the Boulder Phil’s 2021-22 Virtual Discovery Program is “Soundscapes,” exploring the connections between music and visual art!  Elementary and middle school students will learn about composers’ and visual artists’ techniques for creating art, and what inspires artists to create. Our Discovery Concert will be virtual again this season, expanding our one-day field trip experience in Macky Auditorium into a longer Discovery offering.

In addition to our annual curriculum packet, we are offering schoolteachers the opportunity to have a member of the orchestra virtually pop-in to your in-person or virtual classroom during our 2021-22 Discovery school year! Our Basic Pop-in includes a 20-minute virtual classroom visit from a musician. The Bonus Pop-in is a 45-minute virtual classroom visit, including an interactive “Soundscapes Activity” for your students! Check back here for updates as conditions allow us to plan for more in-school opportunities for you and your students.

Featured Composers
Modest Mussorgsky, Jennifer Higdon, Aaron Copland, Florence Price, Missy Mazzoli, Takashi Yoshimatsu, Caroline Shaw, Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Schubert, Chanda Dancy, Ferde Grofé, Arnold Schoenberg, Carlos Chávez, Bedřich Smetana, Claude Debussy, and Unsuk Chin.

Featured Artists
Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Yayoi Kusama, Vincent van Gogh, Audrey Flack, Thomas Moran, Howardena Pindell, Edvard Munch, Katsushika Hokusai, Emanuel Leutze, and Leonora Carrington.

The 2021-22 Virtual Discovery Program is partially funded by Boulder Phil’s education program sponsors including the SeiSolo Foundation, SCFD, and Eleanor and Harry Poehlmann. Please consider giving a suggested contribution of $6 per student to support our on-going efforts to provide and expand our annual Discovery program:

If you would prefer to donate by check, make checks payable to Boulder Philharmonic. Please write Education Programs in the memo line, and mail to:
Boulder Philharmonic
1600 Range Street, Suite 200
Boulder, CO 80301

For more information or to contact someone from our Education Department, please email Education@BoulderPhil.org.

In-Person Discovery Concerts

During previous seasons, Boulder Philharmonic’s Discovery Concerts have taken students in grades 3-6 on a journey to explore orchestral music in a fun, interactive format featuring nationally-acclaimed Music Director Michael Butterman. Students attended a 50-minute performance during the school day designed to support and coordinate with their core curriculum.

Previous Discovery Concerts have linked architecture with music, presented how music can lend itself to narrative, showed how music can express both positive and negative emotions, and linked music and visual art to help make music’s abstract nature more tangible and understandable. Teachers are provided curriculum guides, lesson plans, and a Spotify Playlist of repertoire to help prepare their students for the experience. Many students also received a visit from Michael Butterman or one of our chamber ensembles in preparation for the concert. Our goal is to inspire students to begin instrumental study through the public schools, which studies show lead to improved academic performance in other areas as well.