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Gateway Chamber Orchestra unite great music, engaging stories & music for area school children

CLARKSVILLE, TENN. – The Gateway Chamber Orchestra’s mission includes serving the community in innovative ways, bringing musical culture to those around them. Even during a pandemic, the GCO has found new ways to achieve this goal. The school year has changed drastically, but the GCO will still reach elementary school-aged children with a new, free video project that pairs award-winning children’s books with great music.

Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Nashville Predators Foundation, the GCO’s Magical Music & Timeless Tales offers children in grades 3-5 in Montgomery County and Williamson County schools joyful and educational content with these delightful videos.

Each video episode includes a child’s book reading interspersed with specially selected music played by GCO musicians. Supplemental instructional materials prepared by classroom music teachers accompany each video. Episodes release every other week beginning October 2020 through March 2021 and are accessible through district online resources.

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The Gateway Chamber Orchestra (GCO) is a nationally-recognized American cultural institution committed to enriching lives through innovative concerts, distinctive recordings, and inspiring educational programs. Conducted by Gregory Wolynec, the GCO is delighted to have a home at the George & Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on the campus of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. The ensemble debuted in the fall of 2008, and has grown into a classically modeled chamber orchestra comprised of leading symphony players, recording musicians, and university faculty from Middle Tennessee and beyond who delight in bringing their shared passion for the world’s greatest music to the community. Visit


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