Warren Philharmonic Seeks Students for Free Violin Lessons

WARREN, Ohio — The Warren Philharmonic Orchestra is offering free violin lessons to a select group of Trumbull County third- through seventh-grade students. The application deadline is Sept. 12 for the next class of students that begins Sept. 25.

“The Strings of Joy program continues the orchestra’s outreach to area schoolchildren,” said Frank R. Bodor, president of the orchestra’s board of trustees, in a statement announcing the program. “The orchestra will perform two live concerts for area students in October, and the winners of the student Art in Music Contest will be announced at our October family concert. We appreciate the support from the Cafaro Foundation, Trumbull 100 and several individual donors that make Strings of Joy possible at no cost to the students.”

This second class will join other students who have been receiving instruction since January.

The orchestra will loan each student an age-appropriate violin and provide individual, 20-minute lessons Sunday afternoons through June 2017. Occasional group lessons and performance opportunities will be scheduled, as well. The orchestra will provide printed music to the students at no cost. The lessons will be held at Christ Episcopal Church here, andinstructors will be professional musicians from the region.

“With string programs eliminated from most area schools, the program helps fill a need for those students interested in learning to play the violin and develop a deeper appreciation for our musical heritage,” Bodor noted.

Parents and guardians must be willing to provide transportation for the lessons, provide encouragement and practice space and assume ultimate responsibility for the instrument. For more information, call Barry Dunaway, orchestra executive director, at 330 399 3606. An application form and related documents are available for download at the orchestra’s website.

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