Kurt Discovers the Orchestra

The story of a physically challenged child who discovers the wonders of an orchestra and uses that knowledge and emotion to unlock the wonders and strength within himself.

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Kurt never thought he could join the orchestra, but with perseverance and overcoming his handicap, he prevails. This inspirational story is for all ages.

Kurt Discovers the Orchestra is a story of a child’s life challenge, the discovery of their passion, and eventually reaching of their goal. My horn teacher in college, Richard “Dick” Mackey, was physically challenged and no one thought of him as limited Thank you for a wonderful book, and a reminder of the important influences in our lives. — William “Bill” Caballero, Principal Horn, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Discover the world of orchestral instruments along with Kurt Spitz, as he goes on a journey of self-discovery. Tom Beal has created a story which will inspire generations of children and ignite their passions in order to find fulfillment and acceptance. I should know – my own story is really no different from Kurt’s.– Erik Ralske, Principal Horn, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Faculty, The Julliard School


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Illustrated by Eleanor Paybins




11 x 8.5

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About the Author

Tom Beal is an individual with diverse interests, ranging from classical music to chemistry. Tom studied music at Southern Methodist University earning a degree in French Horn performance and is currently a member of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. He is very active in support of the West Virginia Youth Symphony as well as music outreach in the surrounding communities. Additionally, he is the Senior Vice President of the chemical manufacturing company AC&S, Inc. Tom resides in Charleston, WV, where he enjoys hiking and rock climbing with his family.