Salvation Army - Chattanooga, TN

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May 6, 2014

The Salvation Army School of Music and Arts Announces its Spring Graduation Concert Tonight!

Chattanooga, TN – The Salvation Army School of Music and Arts (SOMA) invites the community to its free, spring graduation concert tonight, Tuesday, May 6th at 6:30 pm. The Concert location is The Salvation Army's Citadel Corps & Community Center at 1019 North Moore Road  across from Brainerd High School. The students, many of whom have never publicly performed, will proudly show off their newly learned skills. "Studies have proven that learning how to play a musical instrument boosts children’s self-esteem and makes them more self-confident, taking them further in school and in life," states Lieutenant Johnny Horton, Salvation Army officer-in-charge of the Corps Community Center in Brainerd. "This School of Music and Arts has been a vital part of our youth programs for many years."

The Chattanooga Salvation Army School of Music & Arts was founded in 2001 to serve as a center for providing discipline, encouraging leadership and enhancing the readiness to learn of low income, high-risk students in the Brainerd Community. The school teaches selected music and art skills and provides activities, resources and incentives that motivate and guide each young person to achieve success now and in the future.

Students enroll in a major class depending on school grade and select two elective classes. The major class for Grades 3-5 is General Music Introduction and Recorder. The Grades 6-12 major class is Brass Band. Elective classes are Guitar, Percussion, Piano, and Art. SOMA instruction is also available to young persons in any public or private school and to those home-schooled in and beyond the Brainerd area.

Corresponding with the public school year semesters, SOMA classes are offered each Tuesday evening. Trained, professional instructors serve as the mentor-teachers. These have included middle and high school music directors as well as qualified music instructors from a diversity of local organizations including the CSO and the Jericho Brass.

The Salvation Army will have a SOMA Day Camp May 27 – June 13. For more information visit www.csarmy.org . The SOMA program is always in need of musical instruments and monetary donations. To donate instruments call 423-756-1023 . To donate monetarily visit www.csarmy.org  or call 1-800-Sal-Army . For more information contact Marketing Director, Kimberly George at 423-503-1801  or Kimberly_George@uss.salvationarmy.org .

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.

For more information, go to SalvationArmyUSA.org