CU Winds values service to the community–“Giving back is where it’s at”

CU Winds  tours to Costa Rica (2006, 2008, 2010) during which we have donated over 250 instruments to the rural community music schools of Matapalo in Guanacaste, San Isidro, Desamparados, Limon, and Poas, performed at the oldest retirement home in Costa Rica, interacted with local English as a Second Language students in San Jose, and taught instrumental master classes to over 400 students, are examples of how much CU Winds enjoys extending our hands, hearts and love of music-making to others.

Each year, the Wind Ensemble remains on campus during Senior week for rehearsals that prepare us for our annual performances at Commencement, PhD, and Convocation ceremonies—a tradition that dates back many years. Service activities have included performances at Kendal of Ithaca, a local retirement community,  a special performance for the Cornell community at the inauguration of our 12th President, David J. Skorton, workshops with local middle school music students, picking up trash on the Stewart Street hillside, and the Philadelphia Project (workshops and donations of instruments to inner-city middle school music students).

We are proud to offer “Service Learning and Music Leadership,” a unique music course exploring student leadership and community engagement for students involved in the Costa Rica partnership.

If you know of a way that CU Winds can contribute more to the community—locally, nationally, or internationally—please contact James Spinazzola, Interim Director at jms862 {at} cornell(.)edu or (607) 255-3712.