The Washington Conservatory of Music’s Tapestry Music Project aims to ease the transition to life in the Washington area for children of first-generation immigrant families. The Project was born in 2017 through a grant from the estate of Gertrude Delfino, the daughter of Italian immigrants and a dual resident of Washington, D.C. and Rome. Ms. Delfino’s dream was to expand the opportunities available to children from immigrant families to study and excel in music. The Tapestry Music Project has grown through additional generous donations from individuals and private foundations to provide an array of free music listening and learning experiences to students from immigrant communities.
- Since the Tapestry Music Project was launched in Spring 2017, we have provided free music classes to over 280 children in six locations in Montgomery County, Maryland, through a partnership with the Montgomery Housing Partnership.
- We provide weekly early childhood music classes to children ages 3-5 in five locations in Silver Spring and Takoma Park, Maryland.
- We teach two violin classes weekly to third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students of Montgomery Housing Partnership’s Community Life GATOR Program at Arcola Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland. A violin is provided at no cost to each student in the classes
- In the summer of 2017, we provided a free violin immersion experience—a weeklong, full-day music camp—to children ages 7-11, in partnership with CASA de Maryland.
- In December 2017, we presented a morning of concerts by the world-renowned Spanish Brass to over 700 students, faculty, and parents at Arcola Elementary School.
- Students receive scholarships for individual music lessons with artist-faculty members of the Washington Conservatory of Music at both our Westmoreland and Glen Echo Park teaching sites.
“The Washington Conservatory of Music has become one of our greatest partners. The music programs they provide through their Tapestry Music Project have helped the Play and Learn students, ages 3 and 4, increase their language skills, work as a team, and learn to speak English.”
— Sulema Middleton Stewart,
VP of Community Life Programs, Montgomery Housing Partnership