Bus troubles

Posted by Adrian Anantawan on Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Bus troubles

The CODA Kids at the gym of Hawthorne Public Elementary. Bryan and I had arrived a couple hours earlier to have an interview with the CBC, with the understanding that our kids would be taking a bus an hour later. About half an hour before the Hawthone students were to file into the gym, we received a phone call from the Summer Music Institute office, exclaiming that the bus had never arrived! Even the most detailed plans and proposals can be defeated by a bus driver with a broken alarm clock.

In the meantime, I came up with Plan B: Music Requests! As the Hawthorn classes arrived at the gym, I played every theme in the book: Superman, Sponge Bob, Spider Man (see a theme emerging?), Mission Impossible, Harry Potter and the Simpsons. Luckily, the CODA Kids arrived only a few minutes late, and we were ready to get underway.

The CODA Project

Created in 2010 by myself and colleague Bryan Wagorn, the Community Outreach for Developing Artists (CODA) program was implemented June 2011 at the National Arts Centre (NAC) Summer Music Institute (SMI), founded by Isreali violinist Pinchas Zukerman.