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The Kids Choir will perform with the Kids Orchestra in concerts throughout the Baton Rouge area in the next two weeks.

Kids’ Orchestra will accept applications for its 2017-18 programming beginning Aug. 1.

Traditional program sites offer kindergarten through fifth-grade students two days of after-school music instruction per week. Instrument selection includes violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, trumpet, percussion, and, new this year, trombone.

Foundations classes also are offered for kindergarten and first-graders, introducing young students to basic music concepts.

In addition to music instruction, Kids’ Orchestra’s three 21st Century Community Learning Center sites offer in-depth academic enrichment four days a week. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the learning center program helps students meet state and local standards in core academic subjects such as reading and math.

Students accepted into either a traditional site or a learning center site are provided with an instrument, multiple performance opportunities, transportation where needed, supervised homework help and healthy snacks throughout the school year.

Also, applications are being accepted for Kids’ Choir, a community wide opportunity for second- through sixth-grade students. Choir rehearsals are held Monday evenings at Independence Park Theatre.

Tuition for Kids’ Orchestra and Kids’ Choir is based on a sliding scale depending on each family’s annual household income. Scholarships are available.

For more information and to apply, visit