Safaricom Youth Orchestra Celebrates 10th Anniversary 

On March 24th, Kenya’s Safaricom Youth Orchestra commemorated its 10th annual graduation ceremony at the esteemed Woodcreek School auditorium in Nairobi.

As the curtains rose on this milestone event, the stage was graced by the accomplished members of the Safaricom Youth Orchestra Class of 2024, standing alongside their dedicated tutors and Safaricom staff.

The evening was a testament to the unwavering dedication of 27 gifted young musicians who were honored with certificates, recognizing their years of commitment and skill refinement within the orchestra. Safaricom highlighted the rigorous audition process these graduates endured, underscoring their journey of perseverance and passion for music.

Since its inception a decade ago, the Safaricom Youth Orchestra has been a beacon of musical excellence, nurturing the talents of 215 students and providing them with unparalleled opportunities. From prestigious state events to vibrant jazz festivals, the orchestra has showcased its prowess alongside both local and international luminaries, marking numerous milestones along the way.

Peter Ndegwa, CEO of Safaricom, expressed pride in the orchestra’s remarkable journey, emphasizing the company’s steadfast support for the mission of fostering young musical talent.

He commended the graduates for their dedication, resilience, and encouraged them to continue shining brightly as they embark on their next endeavors, assured of Safaricom’s enduring support.

The graduation ceremony served as the inaugural event in a series of festivities planned throughout 2024 to celebrate the orchestra’s illustrious 10-year journey. From captivating performances to inspiring narratives of success, the coming months promise a reflection on the orchestra’s profound impact on Kenya’s musical landscape.

Established in 2014 through a partnership between Safaricom and the Art of Music Foundation, the Safaricom Youth Orchestra is dedicated to providing aspiring young musicians with comprehensive musical education, mentorship, and performance platforms.

The orchestra stands as a testament to Kenya’s rich cultural heritage, fostering cultural exchange through the universal language of music and empowering budding musicians to realize their full potential.

Elizabeth Njoroge, Founder of the Art of Music Foundation, reflected on the orchestra’s decade-long legacy of growth and achievement, affirming its commitment to nurturing the next generation of musical talent. She extended congratulations to the graduating members, acknowledging the collective effort of partners, supporters, instructors, and mentors in advancing music education across the nation.

As the orchestra looks ahead to its next chapter, applications for the upcoming class, commencing in May, are currently open until April 6th. Prospective candidates are invited to seize the opportunity to showcase their talents, with shortlisted individuals slated for physical auditions on April 20th.

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