Christian, our resident Eagle Scout and Scottish Fiddler recently played the National Anthem for the Irvine City Council Meeting, July 12th. Mayor Kang recalled the young TEC student who showed up for the Irvine Day in the Park with the Talent Education Center: Suzuki Violin students in his cowboy hat and duds several years ago when Christian was much shorter. The mayor is always pleased to add one more community service pin to an Eagle Scout sash with merit bages on both sides of his uniform.
From the age of 6, Christian has been a student at TEC with Ms. Cynthia. Our Scottish fiddler chose the music that he performed which included “The Star Spangled Banner” and Butterfly, a Scottish Fiddle Tune. He has so many favorite fiddle tunes that it was not easy to choose just one for such a short presentation. He helped to start the meeting with his own interpretation of the National Anthem played with out an accompaniment.
I would like to thank Mayor Kang and the City Council for inviting students like Christian to perform on their agendas. It is always a wonderful experience for our young people.
You can see it on ICTV on the Musical Moment at 14:45.
You can also see it on TECstudio http://youtu.be/Mb9-qqxCimM
Earlier this year Ms. Cynthia was doing research on line to find out if there were any new ways to fund violins for violin programs. She came across a website that featured information for violin students and violin programs in chalenging new places around the world. After searching the Violin Resources on the site for any new ideas about funding violins, Ms. Cynthia contacted the editor and asked where other programs where getting violins for their youngest students.
When Sarah Koh realized that we had an unusual program which made the effort to start children from a young age she offered to do an interview about SASS on her site. Sarah asked us lots of great questions to help describe the challenges we are faced with. I want to thank her for recognizing our unique problems as a string program which attempts to start children at the preschool level.
The site has many resources and information covering: Violinist on line, Violin Out Reach, Concerts, Music schools, and even a section with Resources for Families.