Educational Activities

Held year-round (once or twice monthly) / Entrance Hall 

Organ Tour for Preschoolers

An enjoyable educational tour about Art Tower Mito's organ, aimed at preschoolers and kindergarteners living in Mito. During the tour they get the chance to familiarize themselves with the organ by touching its pipes and keyboard, making sounds with the organ as they do so. They also enjoy organ performances as well as the organ-accompanied choral works. About 1,400 children will participate in this program this year. 

November 2013 to March 2014  / Entrance Hall 

Organ Lectures for Citizens

organ_kouza_2013These lectures target the citizens with some experience performing on the piano and other keyboard instruments, training them in organ performance techniques so as to get them to enjoy the pleasure of playing the organ. They will take around ten lessons in all. The lessons will be carefully crafted to match the skill level of each student. There is also a one-day special "experience course". The lecturer will be the organist Motoko Murozumi, who once served as the chief producer of ATM's music division.

Held several time a year 

Instrumental Seminar by MCO Members for Students

MCO__________________in_________0045With the double aim of honing the performance skills of the students in Ibaraki, and of getting MCO members to mix with the community, the MCO holds the instrumental seminars for children living in Ibaraki.  The children attending the seminar study performance techniques, ensemble formation, and the role of individual instruments.

Held once a year / Ibaraki Prefecture Budokan

Mito Chamber Orchestra (MCO) Concert for Children

Photo:Michiharu Okubo
MCO will present a concert to some 2,600 children from Mito and surrounding municipalities, giving them the thrill of experiencing live classical music performances first-hand.  They will include fifth graders from elementary schools, as well as pupils from schools for the visulally impaired and those for disabled children.  The program will include explanations and introductions about each instruments, letting the students have fun while enjoying the magnificence of the music.

Main sponsers: Mito Arts Foundation, Mito City Board of Education
Co-sponsors: Genden Fureai Ibaraki Foundation

Held once or twice a year / Concert Hall ATM

Mito Chamber Orchestra (MCO) Public rehearsal for students

Photo:Michiharu Okubo
Mito Chamber Orchestra exposes the students to rehearse for free and let them experience how musicians create the music.

Held once a year 

Mito Chamber Orchestra (MCO) Large-screen Concert

Photo:Michiharu Okubo
Since 2005, the Mito Chamber Orchestra (MCO) has been broadcasting its regular concerts live on large screens set up in the city of Mito. Without requiring an admission fee, the broadcast affords listeners the sense of actually being at the concert hall thanks to the vivid images and the high-quality sound of the large screen. This is the eighth time that such a concert will have been held.
Organizer: Mito City, Mito Arts Foundation
Co-organizer: NHK Mito Broadcasting Station

December 14, 2013 / Concert Hall ATM

ATMSF (Art Tower Mito Starlight Fantasy)
ATM Concert 2013 by Elementary and Junior High Schools in Mito City

Photo:Jun Tazawa
A concert featuring bands, instrumental ensembles, and choruses from elementary and junior high schools located in Mito City. It provides the opportunity for local people to enjoy the fruits of their children's many hours of practice.

Main sponsors: ATMSF Executive Committee, mito Arts Foundation

February 16 (Sun), 2014 / Concert Hall ATM

Choral Seminar 2014

Photo:Jun Tazawa
A seminar designed for local lovers of choral singing. The half-day program features lectures by top-flight teachers and a rehearsal of compulsory works. The lecturer this time will be Nobuaki Tanaka, who formed Japan's first professional choir, the Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus, in 1956, and who has for many years been a leader of the choral world in Japan. The lecturer for the upcoming seminar will be the composer Shinichiro Ikebe, who has authored many choral works in his long career. 

Main Sponsors:
Mito Arts Foundation, Ibaraki Prefecture Choral Federation, Music Division of the Ibaraki Prefecture High School Education Research Group

February 26-28 (Wed-Fri), 2014 / Concert Hall ATM

Music Appreciation Concert for Junior High School Students

Photo:Jun Tazawa
A concert program giving junior high school students the chance to familiarize themselves with music, featuring performances and explanations by members of the Mito Chamber Orchestra (MCO) et al. Every year around 2,500 7th-graders from Mito participate.

Co-organizer: Mito City Board of Education

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