SECU Foundation helps fund new NC Symphony van

Vehicle takes music education programs across the state

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RALEIGH — With the support of the member-funded State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation, the North Carolina Symphony has debuted a new vehicle that will carry music education programming across North Carolina.

A $59,400 grant from the SECU Foundation provided funding for the custom-designed van, equipped to transport symphony musicians, their instruments and staff members for interactive programs such as Ensembles in the Schools, which brings the symphony’s string quartet and woodwind quintet into elementary school classrooms; Music Discovery, a music and literacy program for preschoolers; and the Instrument Zoo, through which children try out the instruments of the orchestra. These programs travel statewide-including to areas of the state that otherwise would have little to no access to music education-and engage 8,000 people each year, as part of the 70,000 individuals reached in total through the Symphony’s education initiatives annually.

Officials from State Employees’ Credit Union, SECU Foundation, and the North Carolina Symphony gathered on May 15 for the unveiling of the vehicle, which is personalized with a unique van wrap to highlight the partnership between NCS and SECU Foundation.

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