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Leyden music department earns national recognition

Group photo of Leyden Fine Arts students in Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall
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Leyden’s special concert event at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall this past June earned the music department a 2023 Advocacy in Action National Community Involvement Award. This prestigious award honors achievements in music education and is presented by Music for All. Partner schools Hester, Lincoln, Rhodes and Rosemont, were also included in the summer concert event and in this special recognition.

"I am particularly pleased that the project earning our third National Best Community Engagement Project Award, "A Night at Orchestra Hall," involved not only all of our Leyden Band, Choir, and Orchestra students, but also includes and celebrates our Partner School music students and the dedicated music teachers from Hester, Lincoln, Rhodes, and Rosemont Schools,” said Leyden Band Director and Music Department Chair Bryan Miller. “When envisioning this project, a major goal was to help inspire and reinvigorate our Partner School music students in a way their families could actively share in. The resulting support from all of our community music families was overwhelming!”

As a recognized school, Leyden will be featured on Music for All’s Advocacy in Action Archive, where our events and ideas will be available for music educators to emulate around the country. 

The Advocacy in Action awards are presented each year in seven categories: Community Involvement, Decision-Maker Engagement, Elementary Excellence, Innovative Fundraising, Marketing and Promotion, Parent/Booster Support and Student Recruitment, Engagement, and Retention. 

The Advocacy in Action Awards recognize and celebrate the commitment of school administrators, community leaders, teachers and parents who believe in music education and are advocating to ensure that it is part of a comprehensive education for all children.

“Being recognized for a staggering third National Best Community Engagement Project Award by Music for All is a great testament to our music program's ongoing significant and enduring impact in our community,” said Miller. “It also speaks volumes about the positive culture and sense of belonging our music students enjoy when meaningfully investing in themselves and in their friends while using their time and talents for worthwhile causes.”