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Standing O sends out welcomes to the new director of education at the InterSchool Orchestras of New York, Brooklyn’s own Dr. David Wechsler.

Karen Geer, executive director, shared the news and said, “Dr. Wechsler is a wonderful addition to ISO’s artistic staff. He will bring great insight and support to the conductors, teaching artists, students and parents and help take ISO to new and exciting heights.”

Dr. Wechsler shared his excitement at his appointment and said, “I have worked with young musicians for my entire career, whether in a private lesson, group lesson, or ensemble capacity. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of an organization that is helping to foster the next generation of orchestral musicians.”

Dr. Wechsler’s appointment marks the first time in the orchestra’s 46-year history that an education position was created. Dr. Wechsler will be working with Tong Chen, the new music director, starting in July.

Good luck, Dr. Wechsler, lead on.

InterSchool Orchestras of New York [121 W. 27th St. in Manhattan, (212) 410–0370].

Bay Ridge

Strictly seniors

Seniors out there who want to flex their brains as well as their muscles can now participate in low-cost activities courtesy of the Bay Ridge Center.

The Center launched its new After Hours program for older adults, which is running now through June 12. The Center is again providing its Aging Mastery Program in partnership with Kingsborough Community College, as well as a writing course for older adults. The hours are an expansion of Bay Ridge Center’s programming, in order to reach more community members and provide more learning opportunities.

For 42 years, Bay Ridge Center has served as a community hub for older adults in the neighborhood, aiming to combat social isolation, depression, and hunger. Bay Ridge Center After Hours will continue to enhance the center’s mission to promote mental and physical wellness among seniors.

Give ’em a call for additional 411 on all the opportunities available.

Bay Ridge Center [6935 Fourth Ave. at 70th Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 748–0650].

Borough Wide

Vollies sought

The Red Cross of Greater New York is seeking volunteers to help install smoke alarms in the borough during the Sound the Alarm Save a Life initiative.

The program begins April 28 and runs through May 12 and is a great way to help your fellow neighbors.

“Sound the Alarm in Brooklyn is part of the nationwide Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires,” said Rosie Taravella, interim chief executive officer. “By volunteering with the Red Cross, you can truly make a difference in someone’s life. Please join us and help Sound the Alarm to end home fires by volunteering to help your neighbors in New York City.”

The local event is made possible through the generous support of partners like BBDO, CBS Corporation, Dentsu Aegis Network, the Fire Department of the City of New York, the FDNY Foundation, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., Turner Construction, and the New York Yankees.

If you are interested in volunteering to educate people about home fire safety and install free smoke alarms, visit

The American Red Cross will provide all training for this program free of charge to all volunteers, and there are numerous opportunities available for every skillset.

Standing O joins with the Red Cross and says, “Grab your friends, families, coworkers, and neighbors and make a difference together by helping create safer and more resilient communities.”

To learn more about the Home Fire Campaign, visit

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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