Winter concerts are underway!

As we quickly approach our winter break (yay!), Sympatico students are growing more and more excited for their coming performances. The next two weeks are offering many opportunities for family, friends, and the Alexandria City community to see the amazing work our students are doing every day.

On Thursday, December 8th  at 6:00 PM, the Orff ensemble will perform at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center. This performance will go along with several other performances this evening, all meant to celebrate The Torpedo Factory’s monthly “Second Thursday” nights. Second Thursdays are a chance for the Torpedo Factory to debut new exhibits and artists in their community. There is no admission fee, and audience members are welcome to come watch the entire performance, or enjoy the music as you walk around to view the amazing new exhibits.

Sympatico returns to the Torpedo Factory on Saturday, December 10th, as the Strings at Sunrise and the Singing Eagles perform at 2:00 PM. This performance is also free to attend, and is open to the public. This is a perfect performance to stop by and see after lunch on Old Town Alexandria, and once again, audience members are free to stop and listen, or enjoy music as you explore the Torpedo Factory.

We wrap up our winter performances with the entire Sympatico program on Thursday, December 15th. All five of our ensembles (JABBA, Keetman, Orff Ensemble, Singing Eagles, and Strings at Sunrise) will perform their music at 6:00 PM in the Cafetorium at John Adams Elementary School. Admission is free, and parents, friends, and family are welcome to come enjoy this exciting winter concert!

If you’d like more information about these performances, visit our facebook page at to RSVP to these events. As always, feel free to share these events with your family and friends; the more people we have in our audience, the merrier we’ll be! We hope to see you at our performances!

Week one is in the books!

Last Monday was an exciting day for Sympatico students. Four of our ensembles began their rehearsals for the year, as we welcomed students old and new. As the first week came to an end, the Orff Ensemble welcomed their new teacher, Kyle Tilman, with a breakfast meet-and-greet and a mini-performance.

As of this morning, all of our ensembles are up and running with their regular rehearsals. Here are a few pictures of our students doing what they do best in week 1!

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Sympatico hosts fundraiser

As Sympatico starts a new year, we are proud to announce our very first fundraiser. In the three years since Sympatico began, it has continually been our goal to increase the number of students we are able to serve. Sympatico’s reputation in Alexandria is growing, and demand for our program has increased. More students than ever have asked how to be a part of our program, and we can only bring Sympatico to them through the help of our community.

Currently, Sympatico serves more than 100 children at John Adams Elementary School. The students who are a part of this program receive their music instruction free of charge. Sympatico wants to keep improving the quality of instruction for these students, while having the ability to expand and become accessible for many more. Click on the link below to help us reach more students in the Alexandria Community.

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Sympatico starts a new year

It’s that time of year again! Alexandria City Public Schools are celebrating their first day of school, and with it, Sympatico has opened registration for students, returning and new alike. Along with welcoming our students, Sympatico welcomes a new addition to its staff. Kyle Tilman joined the Sympatico staff this week, ready to teach Sympatico’s longest-running group, the Orff Ensemble.

Students, parents, and Sympatico teachers are already getting to work on an exciting year. Our students begin their rehearsal in one week (the anticipation is almost unbearable), and Sympatico teachers and staff are hard at work, planning our first performances.

We welcome our readers back to a new and exciting year of music, creativity, and friendship. We can’t wait to see what unfolds through the year!

ASO Sympatico to be honored

This evening, Sympatico will be honored with a mayoral proclamation at the Alexandria City Council meeting. Sympatico and its teachers are being recognized for bringing music education to students in addition to their once-weekly music classes during the school day.In addition, Wesley McCune, our Orff Instructor Extraordinaire, will be recognized for his many years of service teaching music in Alexandria City Public Schools.

If you are able to come out to the City Council meeting this evening to support our organization, we would love to see you there! The meeting begins at 7:00 PM on the second floor of the city council building, located at 301 King Street. See you there!

Sympatico Volunteer Kick-off

Calling all Sympatico Supporters!

Sympatico is hosting our first ever volunteer kick-off and parent open house. Stop by the music room at John Adams Elementary on Wednesday, May 11th, from 7:00-8:30 AM for free coffee and donuts. While you are there, meet Sympatico and ASO staff, learn more about the program, and find out how you can be more involved.

RSVP to our event on our facebook page!

We hope to see you there!

Way Back Wednesday

Check out the newest blog on Sympatico says! Two of our students reflected on their first day of Sympatico. Feelings of nervousness, excitement, and pride flowed at their first rehearsals.

Check back on Friday for two more students’ memories in “Flash Back Friday!”

Sympatico says…

One of the goals of ASO Sympatico is that its students feel empowered and encouraged to find their own voices- as children, as learners, and as musicians. Sympatico’s website is pleased to introduce Sympatico Says: a page dedicated to giving our students a place to say what they feel is important.

Every week, students will work together to share a little bit of Sympatico in a blog post. Check out the students’ first publication here, and come back every Wednesday for a new post!