There’s nothing like music to get you in the holiday spirit! In fact, music can enhance your mood, call forth memories, and bring families together. At the Cathedral Academy at Pompei (CAP), music is taken one step further: as a tool to enhance the potential of their students.
Through the beauty of music, CAP aims to cultivate the academic and spiritual environments of their young learners. The after-school music program is only half-way through its second year, but proves quite popular among students. The 40 participants in grades 2-6 are involved in the orchestra and have the option of playing the oboe, trumpet, French horn, viola, violin, or cello.
As composer Richard Nibly stated, “Music creates atmosphere. Atmosphere creates environment. Environment influences behavior.” An investment in music education translates as an investment in the future of a community, and here on the Northside, CAP’S music program is truly a gift.
While reveling in the holiday music this winter, we encourage you to think about its importance year-round. The after-school music program is supported by dedicated volunteers and funded exclusively through donations and grants. Depending on available funding, CAP hopes to further build the program by adding a new teacher, more students, and an extra day for rehearsal in the spring. To donate to CAP and give the gift of music this holiday season, please send checks to the Cathedral Academy of Pompei Symphonic Music Program, Attention: Patricia Schmidt, 923 N. McBride St., Syracuse, NY 13208.