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BSO hires first executive director for OrchKids educational project

BSO hires first executive director for OrchKids educational project

OrchKids, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's widely-admired educational initiative, is getting its first executive director with the hiring of Raquel Whiting Gilmer, announced Thursday.

The Baltimore-born Whiting Gilmer will be responsible for the management of the project, which serves more than 1,000 students in several of the city's public schools.

"OrchKids is exactly what we need in our city," Whiting Gilmer, 43, said. "I absolutely believe there are lots of opportunities for expansion and growth of the program. This city needs more music, more arts, more commitment from the community to expand OrchKids into more neighborhoods. It just changes your life...

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