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ASO Receives Dell “Powering the Possible” Grant

September 24, 2012
  • Who: The Austin Symphony Orchestra
  • What: ASO Receives Dell "Powering the Possible" Grant
  • When: September 24, 2012

Austin, TX – The Austin Symphony Orchestra has been selected as a recipient of a 2012 Dell Powering the Possible grant. The Austin Symphony will receive funding in the form of cash grants and equipment donations to leverage technology and further the organization’s mission of providing a brighter future for underserved youth.

Dell has chosen to fund the Austin Symphony’s “Technology Tutoring Through Music” program, which combines music education and technology for 4th grade students at three Austin ISD elementary schools: Overton, Widen and Campbell. The focus of the in-school portion of the program is to give students the opportunity to hone their computer skills, learn new Information & Communication Technology (ICT) skills, compose music with Finale software and video conference with ASO musicians. In addition, an after-school tutoring program will give teachers a chance to work one on one with students who need a little extra help and/or students who show more aptitude for music and technology. The goal is to make sure that ALL students have the opportunity to learn and feel comfortable working with technology via the fun of learning through music.

“I would like to thank Dell on behalf of the Austin Symphony and the children who will benefit from this wonderful opportunity,” stated ASO Director of Education Diana Eblen. “Through this program we will indeed be able to ‘empower’ children for our highly technological and global world. ‘Tutoring Technology through Music’ will give children who may not otherwise have access to computers a chance to learn important ICT skills through music.”

“I am thankful for the partnership with the Austin Symphony,” remarked Patricia Moreno, Instructional Coordinator for Austin ISD. “They have a long history of providing many educational opportunities to AISD students. This Dell grant will provide state of the art technology equipment to the elementary music program at Widen, Overton, and Campbell.”

In addition to technology solutions, Dell will provide the Austin Symphony with the volunteer services of a local Dell champion who will manage employee engagement opportunities with local Dell team members.

“We know technology can do a world of good, and we are thrilled to be working with the Austin Symphony to help them further their overall mission,” said Trish Thompson, Dell’s Vice-President of Corporate Responsibility. “At Dell, we believe that children should have an opportunity to develop their potential through technology. With this partnership, we are one step closer toward closing the technology gap among underserved communities across the globe.”

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