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Episode 103: Building Soft Skills through Band and Orchestra

March 30, 2023 | 296 views

Welcome to Episode 103 of The Darlington Podcast! 

In this episode, Director of Fine Arts Kim Tunnell talks with Orchestra Director Annie Camp, Band Teacher Damon Harvey, freshman Gracie Cowan and senior Jack Quandt. Together, they talk about band and orchestra, programs that start as early as third grade at Darlington, and how instrumental education provides students with the ability to build soft skills that allow them to excel in all areas of student life. 

Kim Tunnell who has been a member of Darlington’s fine arts faculty since 2001, has over two decades of experience in the classroom. She taught music and chorus classes in the lower and middle grades before being named director of fine arts in 2009. She holds a B.M. and B.M.E. from Shorter College and an M.M.E. from the State University of West Georgia.

Annie Camp has been a member of the fine arts faculty since 2006. She holds a B.M. and M.M. from The Juilliard School in New York where she was a student of Leonard Rose and Lorne Munroe. She was previously cellist for LYRA String Quartet, Dal Segno Piano Trio, Da Capo String Quartet, and the all-string jazz ensemble Jazz a Cordes of New York City. She holds a teaching certificate from the New York School for Strings, studying with Louise Behrend, a pupil of the renowned Shinichi Suzuki.

Damon Harvey has served as band director for grades 4-12 since 2019. He holds a B.A in Music from Allegheny College, a Master of Arts in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University, and has done additional graduate work in music education at West Virginia University. Prior to his work at Darlington, Damon was director of bands and choirs for six years at the Linsly School in Wheeling, W.V.

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The Darlington Podcast is a collaboration between the communication and advancement teams, and is hosted by various members of the school community. Episodes are released each Thursday morning and available on most podcast platforms (search for The Darlington Podcast in your podcast player). Once new episodes are posted, you'll also be able to find them at www.darlingtonschool.org/podcast. Please subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts so that you'll get the latest episode each week! 

The Darlington Podcast intro music was written and performed by Elliot Luitwieler ('22) and Kathryn Davidson ('22). Andrew Beckman, middle grades science teacher, lends his voice and the editing and production of this episode was handled by Maddie Chastain, content manager.

If you have ideas for future episodes or have any questions about The Darlington Podcast, please email communications@darlingtonschool.org