The College Music Society recently recognized Jacobs School of Music faculty Kimberly Carballo and the music outreach organization Roundabout Opera for Kids with the Robby D. Gunstream Award for Education in Music.
The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education. They support exemplary and innovative projects of the Society’s members to bring to the wider public community the accomplishments of the music profession in higher education. The Society considers community engagement “a primary means to invest in and involve our local neighborhoods in transformative musical endeavors.”
CMS Executive director Mary Anne Rees stated, “It is a privilege for The CMS Fund to identify “Roundabout Opera for Kids” for this unique professional distinction. … It is our hope that your project will serve as a model for future work throughout American education in music.”
Based in Bloomington, Ind., Roundabout Opera for Kids (ROK) provides music education and outreach. Its main project brings child-friendly short operas and musicals to area educational institutions. Led by Jacobs School of Music faculty coach Kimberly Carballo, and as a community partner in service learning for many Jacobs School students, ROK’s goal is two-fold: to introduce area children to opera through an engaging first experience as audience members, and to give developing professional singers and pianists an opportunity to hone their performance skills. The musicians donate their preparation and performance time, and ROK provides free performances and curriculum guides to students K-12.