Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s School Music Programs

Scott Brittenham is the CEO and co-founder of Clean Energy Capital, LLC, an energy investment firm based in Tucson, Arizona. He is a music lover and season subscriber to the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Scott Brittenham has three children: two college-aged and one in preschool.

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra (TSO) supports and promotes music education in Arizona schools. Through a variety of programs designed for students of all ages, from preschool through high school, TSO provides classroom and music teachers with the tools needed to teach valuable lessons through music.

The Making Music Mine (MMM) curriculum develops students’ skills in inquiry and critical thinking through musical concepts. TSO musicians join students and teachers in their classrooms to teach music theory and connect music to other school curricula. The MMM curriculum adheres to Arizona State Standards for Music.

Music in the Schools (MIS) and Young People’s Concerts (YPC) supplement the MMM program. In addition to receiving MMM materials, students enjoy TSO ensemble performances and attend full orchestra concerts in early spring at the Tucson Convention Center Music Hall in downtown Tucson.

KinderKonzerts! is designed for students in kindergarten through second grade and combines music and storytelling for a unique learning experience. Students attend a TSO Chamber Orchestra performance, which includes a storytelling session accompanied by the TSO String Quartet.

More than 25,000 students and teachers benefit from the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s educational music programs each year.

Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s KinderKonzerts! Program

As president and CEO of Clean Energy Capital, LLC, Scott Brittenham leads the Tucson, Arizona, firm in its pursuit of investments in the biofuels, biomass, renewable chemicals, and agribusiness sectors. Scott Brittenham enjoys many of Tucson’s cultural attractions and regularly attends the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (TSO).

In addition to its schedule of performances, the TSO offers a number of educational programs designed to engage children and expose them to the arts. The orchestra’s KinderKonzerts! program, for example, features 45-minute concerts by the TSO Chamber Orchestra. In 2014, the short concerts explored the theme of “Music Tells a Story,” focusing on the ways musical elements combine to create a sense of character, mood, and action.

Open to students in kindergarten through second grade, KinderKonzerts! brings together more than 3,200 students and 150 teachers each year. Participating teachers receive the TSO’s Making Music Mine curriculum, allowing them to integrate the performance into lessons on classical music, fiction, and storytelling.

George Hanson – Conductor of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Executive professional Scott Brittenham is the president, CEO, and cofounder of the Tucson-based company Clean Energy Capital, LLC. An enthusiastic fan of the Tucson Symphony, Scott Brittenham admires the work of orchestral conductor George Hanson, who is also a personal friend.

American conductor George Hanson is renowned for his groundbreaking work in the opera, solo piano, orchestra, and media genres. He currently works as the music director of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, a tenure he has held since 1996.

Educated at the Vienna Academy of Music, George Hanson first received international acclaim as the first-prize winner of the Budapest International Conducting Competition, and shortly afterwards claimed the top prize at New York’s prestigious Stokowski Competition. Hanson then served Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra and Opera as the general music director for seven years, overseeing countless opera productions and producing award-winning recordings.

In 1996, Hanson accepted a position as the music director of the Tucson Symphony and has been instrumental in boosting the orchestra’s international reputation by inviting high-profile guest soloists to perform and planning concerts with dynamic and innovative repertoire. Hanson will leave the TSO at the end of the 2014-2015 season to further his European career in the field of opera conducting, although he intends to return to Tucson as a musical director laureate.