Since January of 2015 BRSO has partnered with The Emerge Center, enhancing the therapies for children with communication disorders such as autism through weekly live music programs. During the Symphony’s season, BRSO musicians work closely with Emerge Center faculty in developing programs that specifically address student needs, engaging students both in their classrooms and in a concert-like environment.
“I think the symphony has been a very positive activity for the children at our clinic. I see their faces light up and their whole bodies begin to engage more each week. Also it’s been great to see the initial fear of the “new” activity transform to true enjoyment!!”
– Christie Zeringue, Speech-Language Pathologist
“Our mission is to empower children to effectively communicate and interact, and the variety of musical activities the symphony brings allows our children to participate in ways that were not possible before this partnership. It is a joy to see the engagement on their faces when the musicians are here.”
– Melissa Juneau
Executive Director, The Emerge Center
BRSO is generously supported by the City of Baton Rouge and the Parish of East Baton Rouge and by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.
BRSO also receives substantial support from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.