An important aspect of the mission of FOCM is to bring our artists into the schools of Berks County to educate and inspire the rising generation of musicians and music lovers, realizing this may be a student’s only exposure to classical music. Students enthusiastically interact with the artists at the conclusion of the outreach, in mutual admiration. We are fortunate to receive annual support from the Reading Musical Foundation that provides for the outreach artist fees. We present these programs on Friday afternoons and encourage the students to attend the evening’s free concert with their families. In the 2017-18 season, we featured seven outreach programs, reaching approximately 900 elementary, middle and high school students in Berks County. See some highlights below!