Musical Explorers, a year-round program developed in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, is designed to connect students in grades K-2 to the diverse musical community that exists right outside their front door. Reaching more than 10,000 children and more than 300 teachers at 50 schools throughout Savannah and the surrounding five counties, the tuition-free program builds basic music and life skills as students learn songs from different cultures, reflect on their own communities, and engage in music exercises that incorporate lessons in history, geography, literacy, mathematics and social studies. After focusing on three distinct musical genres each semester term, interactive concerts held in the fall and spring allow students to ‘meet’ the professional musicians that have guided them on their musical journeys through the Georgia and South Carolina Lowcountry and beyond.
During the 2019-2020 school year, students will explore Folk Music, African-American Spirituals, Hip Hop, Salsa, Klezmer Music and Brass Ensemble.
Savannah Music Festival raises all funds to deliver the local Musical Explorers program at no cost to participating students or their families, teachers, or schools. Savannah Music Festival would like to thank the following contributors (as of August 8, 2020):
Investment in Savannah Music Festival’s Musical Explorers is provided by the City of Savannah.
Musical Explorers is sponsored by the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, Marla & Morris Geffen, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, Walter Lynch & May Wall, the National Endowment for the Arts, Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, and Anne P. West.
Musical Explorers is sponsored in part by Courtney Knight Gaines Foundation, Robert M. and Diane v.S. Levy, JC Lewis Foundation, and Wells Fargo Foundation.
Partial support for Musical Explorers is provided by Atlanta Gas Light, Bennett Thrasher Foundation, Walter G. Canipe Foundation, Georgia Council for the Arts, Georgia Music Foundation, International Paper, Kole Family Foundation, Dayle & Aaron Levy, and Mr. & Mrs. Jerry McElreath, and Publix Super Markets Charities.
Additional support comes from Anonymous (2), Scott Center & Tatsiana Shakhmuts, Marla Cocalis, First Chatham Bank, Ms. Judith Glazer, AM Goldkrand, Great Dane, Mrs. Toby W. Hollenberg, JCB, Kiwanis Club of Skidaway, Arlene & Allan Ratner, Michael & Gail Siegel, Doug & Lamar Webb, and Ann Yingling.
Lead funding for Musical Explorers has been provided by Fund II Foundation and Ralph W. and Leona Kern.
Additional lead funding for Musical Explorers has been graciously provided by JJR Foundation and JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation.
Major funding for Musical Explorers has been provided by The Walt Disney Company.
Additional support has been provided by The Edwin Caplin Foundation, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation,
and KPMG LLP.
Musical Explorers is also made possible, in part, by an endowment gift from The Irene Diamond Fund.
The Weill Music Institute’s programs are made available to a nationwide audience, in part, by an endowment grant from the Citi Foundation.