Each summer, the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson WoId Performing Arts Center is home to string students for the Nat King Cole Generation Hope Summer Strings camp. The two-week program provides students from Title 1 Palm Beach County schools an opportunity to receive high-quality string instruction.
Eighty children from Berkshire, Plumosa and U.B. Kinsey/Palmview elementary schools receive small intensive ensemble and private lessons from more than 10 Lynn Conservatory of Music students, as well as orchestra directors from the School District of Palm Beach County and former Summer Strings alumni.
“It’s the mentors or teachers in my life who have had the most lasting and indelible impact musically and personally. Our Conservatory students are blessed with wonderful artist faculty who make a similar impact in their lives,” said Manuel Capote, coordinator of music education and community outreach at Lynn. “Mentoring is the perfect opportunity for them to be an inspiration and a musical role model for their younger students.”
Nat King Cole Generation Hope provides music education to children with the greatest need and fewest resources. It funds programs that provide for instruction, mentoring and resources. During the school year, camp students have limited access to music instruction, but through this program, they receive what is considered equal to a full school year’s worth of instruction.
“Our family history is one of musical excellence and charitable giving,” said Timolin Cole, co-founder and president of the foundation. “By giving students the opportunity to enhance their musical talents and abilities, the Cole family legacy lives on.”
Nat King Cole Generation Hope develops strategic partnerships with community organizations, school districts and the business community to build sustainable music programs by providing grants and creating programs that can be replicated across the country.
The camp culminates in a free concert when students showcase their talents, along with special performances by their directors and mentors. The concert will be performed at the Wold Performing Arts Center on Friday, June 23, at 2 p.m. It is open to the public.
Summer Strings is supported by The Boca West Community Charitable Foundation, Stoltz Family Foundation, the School District of Palm Beach County, Lynn University, Publix, Walmart, Target and Costco.