For some, music is a career; for others, a hobby. For many, music is a source of pure entertainment.

The people behind the Cincinnati Out Reach (COR) Music Project see music as a way to change young peoples’ lives.

COR is as a free after-school program for high school students who lack the opportunity, as well as the equipment and knowledge, to perform in an orchestra or choir setting.

Directors Deron Hall and Louisa Shepherd, both graduate students at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), and non-profit specialist Anjelica Hardin founded COR in December 2011.

“I am a musician by trade,” said Hall, who is working toward his master’s degree at CCM. “But one of the things that is very important to me is giving back to the community. COR Music Project aligns my professional arena with my personal arena as far as the things I am most interested in. I have a really strong interest in using the arts to change lives.”

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