Story by Audrey Callaway Scherer
Senior Staff Reporter
Students have access to discounted season passes for unlimited New Mexico Philharmonic performances, said their Director of Outreach and YMI (Young Musician Initiative) Alexis Corbin.
The $30 NMPhil Sound Card allows students to attend any of at least 20 concerts in a season and bring a friend for free to certain shows on dates listed on their website. There are three more this season and the guest does not have to be a student, she said.
“It’s hard to be a student, but everybody deserves to have access to beautiful music,” she said.
A lot of people wonder if adult students count, she said, and they do.
It’s for all students age 6 or older. Sometimes students will get the card and bring parents along – especially high schoolers and middle schoolers, she said.
As long as you are taking one class at CNM, you qualify.
“It’s an affordable way to listen to classical music,” she said.
Students may choose from any seats remaining three days before the performance, or they may reserve seats a week in advance in the student section.
Corbin is excited about this outreach, she said.
“It’s about getting people in,” she said. “Many people will go for the first time and tell me it was amazing.”
The program gets students involved, but also helps with future attendees. It is both student outreach and community outreach, she said.
She added that there is a wide range of educational programs many don’t know about, in which they reach out to 4th and 5th graders by playing at their schools or bringing them to Popejoy for a full symphony.
“Everyone deserves access to beautiful music,” she said.
The 2018/19 season spans from September 1, 2018, through August 31, 2019.
Students may complete their membership form online or get access to more information at nmphil.org/soundcard.