Youth Composer Education at the Hollywood Bowl


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Youth Composer Education

An inventor and experienced executive, Robert Kasirer is also a member of the external advisory board of the University of Pennsylvania Institute of Aging. Outside of work, Robert Kasirer enjoys attending concerts at the Hollywood Bowl.

The summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Hollywood Bowl also hosts its eponymous orchestra as well as dozens of other musicians and events throughout the year. To connect with its community, the Bowl offers a number of education programs for students, families, and adults.

One of the Hollywood Bowl’s youth initiatives is the Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellowship Program. Since its founding in 2007, the program has worked to connect high school-aged composers with some of the greatest composers in the world. Program fellows receive access to philharmonic rehearsals, musician demonstrations, and chamber music readings.

During the two-year program, participants write two orchestra pieces for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and are then able to attend their rehearsals and premieres. Participants leave the program with professional recordings of their compositions.


Discovering Camp Ramah in California’s Camp Ohr Lanu Program

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Camp Ohr Lanu Program

Drawing on his family’s involvement in the nursing home industry, Robert Kasirer has developed a suite of operations to link health care facilities and their employees. Also a strong supporter of children’s activities, Robert Kasirer contributes to inclusive summer camps such as Camp Ramah in California which runs Camp Ohr Lanu.

Camp Ohr Lanu was designed for special kids and their families. Every year, the program brings together special children and their families for a fun-filled retreat of prayer, study, respite, and support in Ojai Valley, California.

The children with special needs enjoy therapeutic programming from the program’s warm and caring staff which includes behavior and family education specialists, special educators, and counselors. Every family is paired with an individual counselor to provide essential support.

As part of the program, the children with special needs choose an area of focus such as music, dance, art, or drama, all of which are facilitated by trained therapists. The children then take part in daily group activities based on their areas of focus, helping them create lasting bonds with one another. They also participate in scavenger hunts, outdoor games, storytelling, and sibling workshops.

Parents, on the other hand, take part in Shabbat services and support discussions based on the Torah. They also have an opportunity to network and relax in an open family environment.

An Overview of Camp Ramah in California

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Camp Ramah in California

An attorney, executive, and inventor, Robert Kasirer has served on the Institute of Aging External Advisory Board at the University of Pennsylvania since 2005. In addition to his professional endeavors, Robert Kasirer supports several charitable organizations like the Jacob Rose Family Foundation and Camp Ramah in California.

Located in California in the Ojai Valley, Camp Ramah is open to children entering 3rd through 10th grade and was established in 1956. Along with its main program, summer camp, it hosts Tikuah, a camp for children with special needs, as well as a 6-week seminar to Israel. No matter the program, Camp Ramah in California helps campers connect with and understand Jewish traditions, while also giving them the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts and numerous outdoor pursuits.

Jewish life at the camp involves a range of activities, from group cheers and discussions to Hebrew and leadership skill development classes. Central to the summer camp experience is the celebration of Kabbalat Shabbat. Beginning with dinner and a camp-wide gathering on the hill the night before, the groups of campers congregate, pray, and read from the Torah, before ending with a traditional Havdalah.

The UPenn Institute on Aging Fellows Program

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UPenn Institute on Aging Fellows Program

Robert Kasirer has dedicated much of his career to supporting the financial and healthcare needs of senior citizens across California. In this capacity, Robert Kasirer previously sat on the external advisory board with the University of Pennsylvania Institute of Aging (IOA).

Over the course of nearly four decades, the IOA has focused its work in the realm of improving the health and living quality of senior citizens. Affiliated with UPenn’s School of Medicine, the institute hosts a number of programs aimed at furthering clinical research. IOA’s foremost initiative is its Fellows Program, which encompasses a network of almost 300 UPenn faculty members and other aging specialists.

The Fellows Program separates its participants into two categories. IOA Fellows refer to those who operate within UPenn and represent one of its 12 academic schools. Any individual who is a staff member of the university or an outside affiliate dedicated to aging research falls under the title of Associate Fellow. Both Fellows and Associate Fellows receive unique access to a number of opportunities that aim to further their work. For example, IOA helps these professionals remain current with emerging industry news through periodic communication updates and offers a Pilot Research Grants program to better connect them to research funding.

The Mountain School Program at the Harvard-Westlake School

Over the course of his career as an inventor and health care executive, Robert Kasirer has remained firmly dedicated to community service and charitable giving. Robert Kasirer supports the efforts of many different nonprofit organizations in his community and beyond, including the Harvard-Westlake School.

A prominent private school located in Southern California, the Harvard-Westlake School offers a number of special programs that transcend the formal curriculum. In particular, the Mountain School program allows students to spend a semester in a vastly different learning environment. Participants in the Mountain School program spend a semester living and working on an organic farm in rural Vermont. Thanks to a small school size and location in the mountains of Vermont, the Mountain School requires students to work together to manage the farm. The Mountain School fosters a communal spirit and encourages all participants to find their voice and play active roles in the daily functioning of the farm.