WAXAHACHIE — Preparing students for college through music education and life skills, the Waxahachie Symphony Association’s Belles and Beaus program will be accepting new applicants for the 2017-18 season.

“It is an opportunity for juniors and seniors in high school to get educated in fine arts,” began Elizabeth Jendrzey, Belles and Beaus’ Chairman. “My own daughter did it three years ago and really found that she got things from the classes that she really didn’t get anywhere else.”

Acting as ambassadors for the Waxahachie Symphony Association (WSA) throughout special events, students will participate in a variety of activities that include attending symphony performances, ushering events, and hearing a line up of esteemed guests speakers.

“Matt Authier, who is a school board member is going to talk to the students about money management skills,” Jendrzey highlighted a few program speakers. “And Cindy Burch and her husband are going to have the kids come into the Dove’s Nest for a session on management and etiquette.”

According to a Belles and Beaus press release, the program’s students will receive training by area experts in life skills on music appreciation, money management, interviewing skills and etiquette, social correspondence and social media.

“The class size varies from year to year, and this year we’ve added a music appreciation class that will be taught by Nan Francis," Jendrzey acknowledged. "And we’re also planning for the DEA to come talk about personal safety which is relevant for kids going off to college.”

“We want to broaden the education a little bit more, and this gives the kids an opportunity to develop some skills that maybe they don’t get in school," she added.

The press release also notes that tuition is $375.00, which includes tickets to a Dallas Symphony Orchestra holiday performance and lunch, program classes and performances, and Gala tickets.

“The exciting part for the kids is in May there’s a Gala and young men and women dress up in white ball gowns and tuxedos, and they’re presented by a parent or guardian, and it’s a very nice, special event for them to participate in,” Jendrzey articulated.

As stated by the program’s guidelines, students are required to attend or participate in at least three WSA concerts and scheduled events, group projects, and four symphony programs and classes.

“We want to give kids the opportunity to interact with the public in a way that they might not be used to doing,” Jendrzey affirmed.

“We’re looking for a variety of kids from Ellis County, so we’re reaching out to Midlothian, we’d love to see some kids from Global High School, and we would like some homebound kids to join as well,” she included. “We really want to create an opportunity to get to know each other.”

Conducting an informational meeting at Waxahachie’s Fresh Market coffee shop this Sunday, Jendrzey encourages prospective students to visit and turn in an application for an experience worth having.

“The focus is on music education and appreciation, and getting kids prepared for college,” she heartened. “So please come to the informational session to learn more about it and talk to us, because it’s a great opportunity to expand horizons.”

The Belles and Beaus informational session is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 17 at 4:30 p.m. and will be held at Fresh Market coffee shop on 410 S Rogers Street, Waxahachie.

Tuition is $375 if paid by September 17, 2017, and $400 afterward. Applications are available at waxahachiesymphony.org. Class size will be limited so early enrollment is encouraged. Questions may be directed to Elizabeth Jendrzey at lizjendrzey@sbcglobal.net or call (210)-215-4566.


Chelsea Groomer, @ChelseaGroomer