Forbes recently came out with a list of the top 10 places in the US to raise a family. Knoxville ranked #8! Of course, the study looked at things such as crime, education, cost of living, etc, to rank the cities on the list, but there are many, many other great family-related things about Knoxville. This summer my family is especially enjoying the extensive public library system, the summer parks and recreation programs, the Knoxville Museum of Art, the farmer's market, and the public fountains, among other things.
Another great thing about Knoxville is our extensive youth orchestra program. Did you know the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra is comprised of five orchestras of varying levels? That is only one less orchestra than the Chicago Youth Symphony system has in a city 16 times the size of Knoxville!
This week is the KYSO's summer string camp. All levels of string players have been working hard improving their orchestral playing this week. The final concert will take place on Friday (tomorrow) at 2:30 in the auditorium of Bearden High School.
It's too late to attend the camp, but if you know a child who would like to participate in the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Youth Symphony program this fall, you can find more information here.