The Music Opportunity Program (MOP) provides string instrument instruction and 3 all-city youth orchestras to the Greater Birmingham area.
The Music Opportunity Program offers instrument instruction for every level of advancement, from brand new beginners through advanced performers. String instrument classes are offered throughout the Greater Birmingham area in many locations and schools. Individual instrument instruction is offered for all instruments. MOP can provide instruments for string students. No one has to purchase an instrument to participate in a MOP string class!
MOP sponsors three youth orchestras, each caters to a different age and level of experience. The Alabama Youth Symphony is a full orchestra for high school musicians. The Birmingham Prelude Strings is a middle school string orchestra, and the Birmingham String Orchestra an entry level string orchestra.
In addition to instrument instruction and youth orchestras, MOP offers summer programs, chamber music, recitals and special performance opportunities for students.
MOP offers a uniquely professional faculty. MOP faculty are fully trained professional musicians and educators with degrees and credentials from accredited universities and conservatories. Each brings to MOP a truly child-centered approach to teaching, as well as many years of experience.
The Music Opportunity Program has partnerships with many organizations and schools in the Greater Birmingham area, including: Philips Academy, Birmingham City Schools, Jefferson County Schools, Mountain Brook City Schools, Trussville City Schools, Vestavia City Schools, Shelby County Schools, Hoover City Schools, Parkway Christian School, St. Francis Xavier School, Hoover Christian School, Indian Springs School, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham, All Saints Episcopal Church, City of Birmingham, Hoover City Council, Birmingham City Council, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Alabama State Council on the Arts, Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Samford University.
Through these extensive partnerships, MOP has a uniquely broad sphere of influence. Students in MOP represent 78 schools and 33 different cities in the Greater Birmingham area and MOP reflects the diversity of the area.
The mission of the Music Opportunity Program:
All young people deserve opportunity, and it is our responsibility along with other value driven institutions, to do all we can to enhance those opportunities and see that they become available to as widely diverse a population as possible.