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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CRICKET WIRELESS PRESIDENT JOHN DWYER TO SEND-OFF ATLANTA MUSIC PROJECT’S CLASS OF 2020 IN VIRTUAL CELEBRATION
SENIOR SEND-OFF PART OF “THE COLLEGE YEARS” A VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM HOSTED BY THE ATLANTA MUSIC PROJECT FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AIMING TO STUDY MUSIC IN COLLEGE
(Atlanta, GA) (May 19, 2020) — The Atlanta Music Project (AMP) will host a virtual “Senior Send-Off” to celebrate AMP’s Class of 2020. The event, to take place live on Zoom on Thursday May 21, will feature congratulatory remarks from Cricket Wireless President John Dwyer. Cricket Wireless is a sponsor of the AMP Youth Orchestras and Choirs.
To watch AMP’s Senior Send-Off go to https://atlantamusicproject.zoom.usand enter Meeting ID 97156712244 on May 21 at 12:00 PM EST.
The AMP Class of 2020 consists of eight Atlanta seniors who are young musicians in the Atlanta Music Project organization and graduating high school this month. This class maintains AMP’s 100% high school graduation rate from 2019, which was AMP’s first class of seniors. In addition, all eight seniors have been accepted to college, for a 100% college enrollment rate. Colleges having accepted members of the AMP Class of 2020 include Clayton State University, Kennesaw State University, and Berklee College of Music.
“The Atlanta Music Project was started ten years ago with the belief that music education is a most essential part of a child’s wholistic development,” said Dantes Rameau, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AMP. “We are proud of our Class of 2020 seniors, who have practiced so much, and performed so many fabulous concerts over the years. I am positive that the ambition and discipline they have developed through rigorous music training, along with their commitment to the pursuit of excellence, will carry them far as they embark on their new life in college and beyond.”
The Senior Send-Off is part of “The College Years,” a virtual, two-day symposium hosted by AMP for high school students around the country aiming to study music in college. Taking place on Zoom on May 20 and May 21, the symposium will include seminars on selecting the right college music programs and preparing college auditions and interviews. Faculty from Kennesaw State University and the Manhattan School of Music will give live masterclasses for aspiring high school musicians. Panelists include faculty and staff from the music programs at Clayton State University, University of Georgia, Florida A&M University, and the New England Conservatory.
About the Atlanta Music Project
Founded in 2010, the Atlanta Music Project is a non-profit organization providing more than 5,000 hours annually of intensive, tuition-free music education for underserved youth right in their neighborhood. Now serving 350 students through eight programs, AMP provides all its students with an instrument, a teaching artist, and classes in band, orchestra, and choir. In addition to four after-school learning sites, AMP’s program includes the AMP Academy, providing advanced musical training to AMP’s most talented and dedicated students; the AMP Summer Series, a music festival and school; and the AMP Youth Choirs & Orchestras.
AMP music ensembles perform more than 50 concerts annually, performing in venues all across Atlanta, from community centers to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. AMP music ensembles have performed alongside international stars such as the Harlem Quartet, electric violinist Lindsey Stirling, pianist Terrence Wilson, soprano Alison Buchanan, and R&B singer Monica. AMP musicians can be seen performing with rapper T.I. on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series. AMP’s young musicians have successfully auditioned for Georgia All-State ensembles, and have concertized as far away as Los Angeles, Aspen, and Mexico City.
AMP is based in the Capitol View neighborhood at the Atlanta Music Project Center for Performance & Education. AMP is a 2018 winner of Emory University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award. In 2016 and 2017 the White House named AMP one of the top 50 after-school arts programs in the nation.