Dispelling the myth of millennial apathy x Challenging and equipping millennials to exercise their imagination to improve their worlds.
Deron Hall doesn’t have to look hard to see himself in the faces of the fourth- and fifth-graders surrounding him in a Rockdale Academy classroom.
Hall, 25, a University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music student who grew up in public housing in Wilmington, N.C., cradled his French horn and said, “Music saved me. It allowed me to get away from negative situations I would have been in. I practiced before school, at lunch … after school.”
Hall, founder and executive director of the Cincinnati Outreach Music Project (COR), wants to provide children in Avondale with the same opportunity he had growing up.
Hall has surrounded himself with like-minded colleagues, including CCM clarinetist Louisa Shepherd, 23, the nonprofit’s publicist and marketing director, who understand the promise of classical music and the need to increase exposure to African-American youths.
“When you put an instrument in a child’s hand, they’re less likely to pick up a gun,” said Shepherd, a native of North Dallas, Texas, and a Baylor University graduate who, like Hall, plans to stay in Cincinnati after her December CCM graduation.
- Cincinnati Enquirer, Nov. 26 2012
XVIII. Impossibilitarians : Derron Hall, 27 Louisa Shepard, 25
University of Cincinnati College of Consevatory Music Graduates, Founders of COR Music Project
Check out their amazing organization COR at www.cormusicproject.org
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