'Strings' Senior Editor Greg Olwell with the office purple fiddle (hand-crafted no less). In solidarity with New Mexico middle school student Camille Cruz who was told last week that her purple violin was not suitable for the orchestra class and the sixth-grader would have to rent one of the district's violins that is a more traditional color: http://www.daily-times.com/ci_21500517/purple-violin-causes-controversy-classroom#
With the rise of the new school year, there are many things to consider - one of which being preparing for orchestra class. Here's a checklist to look over when getting yourself (and your instrument) ready for class!
Phillip Dukes - Viola "Philip Dukes... World Class, and perfect technical mastery" The Strad As a concerto soloist, Philip Dukes has appeared with the all the major UK orchestras including BBC Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Hallé, The Philharmonia, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, London Mozart Players and the Ulster Orchestra, amongst...
The slums of Cateura, Paraguay, were built on a landfill. In this desolate landscape, children make music out of their surroundings. With recycled instruments, they have begun a "Landfill Harmonic Orchestra." See how these kids turn trash into symphonies.
We want to practice at home. More instruments will help us achieve this goal. -- This year MWI School has 9 orchestra classes, yet we only have 1 class set of instruments. We are applying to the Aviva Community Fund for a grant that will allow our school to purchase enough instruments so that the students can take them home and practice. Please vote for our project - Fill the Halls With Music!