• “A Gift of Music” to the Performing Arts Department from the Brookline Education Foundation

    The Performing Arts Department of the Public Schools of Brookline, under the leadership of K-12 Curriculum Coordinator Kenny Kozol, has been awarded the Brookline Education Foundation's 35th Anniversary Gift. Throughout the school year, students will benefit from “A Gift of Music.” World-renowned composer and conductor Jim Papoulis has been commissioned to create original songs with and for Brookline students, K-12, that come from, embody, and represent the spirit of Brookline schools.

    Mr. Papoulis will work with every K-5 elementary general music class to create a song for every grade. These songs will become part of Brookline’s K-5 Performing Arts repertoire and curriculum. He will also collaborate with 6-12 chorus, orchestra, band, guitar/ukulele, music production and general music classes and compose a musical piece. The world premiere event conducted by Mr. Papoulis will take place on January 9th and 10th, 2018, at the All-Town Choral Concert (BHS Auditorium at 7pm, open to the public). Please save the date!

    Mr. Papoulis is an internationally renowned composer, conductor, educator, and producer of music. He continues a long career of creating original music with young people from around the globe, and regularly works with groups ranging from the most impoverished of children to the most elite music ensembles. Wherever and with whomever he works, Mr. Papoulis’ focus remains child/student centered. In his approach to composing with young people, he is known to create songs from the beginning, by listening to their voices, hopes, and ideas. Mr. Papoulis is also connected with Brookline on a personal level:  he is a resident, a parent of Brookline schools students.

    Songwriting workshops begin this week during a first round of visits with students and teachers in grades 6 through 12 (October 2 at Lincoln, Baker, and BHS Concert Choir - October 3 at Driscoll, Lawrence, Runkle, Heath, and BHS Camerata - October 4 at Pierce and Upper Devotion).