Updated: Dec 24, 2019
Rosalind-Denise Rogers, a Kansas City Kansas native is an Educator, Mentor, Mother, and Founder, and CEO of The Inner Ear Foundation, an urban youth orchestra currently based out of East St. Louis IL. In 2017, Rosalind accepted her job as Music Teacher at East St. Louis – Lincoln Middle School. There she created and facilitated an after-school music program teaching the violin, viola, and cello. Since her arrival, she has secured several community partnerships aiding in her mission to provide at-risk youth with quality string education experiences. With those partnerships, Rosalind can gift a student with an instrument through an essay contest. Last year, Rosalind pioneered East St Louis’ first school orchestra program in over 40 years. Her youth orchestra, The Inner Ear is committed to providing at-risk youth with quality music education. She fostered several String programs in the Kansas City Kansas community serving to date over 300 youth. She uses instruments that she has purchased herself to teach strings classes to youth as young as 3 years old. She hopes to take away the taboo of classical arts within the urban community and music education to unify and build up her community. Rosalind-Denise holds a degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL. There she studied under renowned violist, Michael Hall. She currently attends National Louis University studying to earn her MBA in Non-Profit Management. She desires to use her passion for the arts to build a career in teaching Middle and High School Orchestra within urban school districts, as a contemporary violinist and as a philanthropic advocate of the arts.
Visit theinnerear.org to find out how you can help further her mission or to sign your child up today!