Got a spare fiddle?
I’m always excited to hear about people enthusiastic about learning and experiencing music, especially classical music. As we’ve written about before, classical music is not just for the rich, the old, or any other narrowly defined group. It’s best when music can be shared by everyone.
But not everyone who wants to learn to play music has the resources to afford an instrument. In Kanawha County, music teachers are looking for instruments, or money to purchase instruments for students in a new string program.
There are kids who want to learn music; I hope we can come together to help them do so. Here's their flyer and the letter they sent with more information.
The String Programs in Kanawha County Schools, a joint effort of the West Virginia Symphony and the School Board, are bringing tremendous opportunities to young people in our area. Lessons on instruments are offered for free during school hours. There are now 17 elementary schools participating.
One of the newest participants, Piedmont Elementary, has had an incredibly enthusiastic response: 20 violinists, 8 violists, 6 cellists, and 3 basses signed up, but only 3 of these indicated they have the means to supply their own instruments. It would be such a shame to see any of them turned away because instruments could not be found.
Please help us if you can, or pass on our “WANTED” poster to anyone you think may be able to help.
Contact Andrea Di Gregorio at 304-346-1908 or email@example.com if you have an instrument or want more information.
Sandra Groce, president Piedmont PTO and Principal Viola, WVSO
* The Case for Classical Music
* Passions of the Young and Old