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Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications
Students Partner With the Hampton Roads Chamber Players

By Victoria Jackson

Hampton University students of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Public Relations Production and Writing course have announced a new collaboration with the Hampton Roads Chamber Players (HRCP), a local, nonprofit, music organization.

Under the direction of Professor Mavis Carr, the students will utilize their skills in public relations and strategic communication to transform the image of the HRCP, assist in media relations and grow the organization's presence throughout the Hampton Roads area. The class also plans to increase community awareness about the HRCP's programs and upcoming performances.

The HRCP is a Norfolk-based organization that provides a venue for talented young musicians to study chamber music and showcase their skills in concert performances. HRCP uses the power of music to teach important values such as teamwork, respect, dedication, excellence, cultural appreciation and social responsibility. After completion of the program, members of the HRCP are equipped with the skills and experience necessary to lead successful performance careers.

The HRCP's founder and maestro, Jorge Aguirre, created the organization 20 years ago to spread his lifelong love for music and instruments with today's youth. When asked about the chamber partnering with the public relations students, Aguirre said, "This is a brilliant gesture from the Hampton University's Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications with unparalleled potential for the Hampton Roads Chamber Players. It is wonderful to have this talented class helping our nonprofit organization to succeed."

Both the Scripps Howard School students and the HRCP are anticipating a successful season of partnership and growth. With the merging of the students' skills in creative media relations with the musical talents of the HRCP members, the Hampton Roads community can expect an enhanced public relations effort and elevated community awareness of the HRCP.

For more information about the Hampton Roads Chamber Players and Scripps Howard School collaboration, contact Professor Mavis Carr at mavis.carr@hamptonu.edu.

The Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications opened in 2002, the result of a $10 million commitment from The Scripps Howard Foundation. The school was preceded by the Department of Mass Media Arts, which was launched in 1967. Now, celebrating its 10th anniversary as a separate school within Hampton University, the Scripps Howard School has 400 students and is led by journalist and author Brett Pulley, a Hampton University graduate and former correspondent at Bloomberg News, Forbes Magazine, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.