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
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.