2019: First Quarter Update

Thank you to all of our supporters! Because of you, we have provided 31 instruments in 8 states in the first quarter of 2019!

Receiving organizations include:

Girls Write Nashville (Tennessee)

CreatiVets (Tennessee)

Shift Englewood (Illinois)

Buffalo String Works (New York)

Detroit Youth Volume (Michigan)

California Symphony/Sound Minds (California)

Harmony School of Music (Iowa)

Sistema Utah (Utah)

UB Kinsey/ Palmview Elementary School of the Arts (Florida)

Salty Cricket Composer’s Collective (Utah)

Quotes from our recipients:

“We received 2 12"violas and a 1/4 size violin. Up to this time, I have been re-stringing 1/2 sized violins to make a 12" viola. This makes the bottom two strings sound like rubber bands stretched across a shoebox. The viola players who received the viola are very much in love with the sound of their beautiful new viola!”

- UB Kinsey/ Palmview Elementary School of the Arts

“We have one little boy now who is very energetic, and has a hard time holding himself together in school; extreme emotions, constant moving around to the point where others were injured...he had such a tough time staying engaged! This kid who struggles so much in class LOVES playing the violin. He works so hard to pay attention, stays engaged in the lesson, and is becoming one of our best little players. His classroom teachers have also seen a difference. Without the free program we provide to these kids, this little boy and others like him would not be able to find their "thing" that makes their lives so much happier.”

- Harmony School of Music

Personal Story:

Ivy, a member of the Detroit Youth Symphony, received her first instrument through our partnership with El Sistema USA and Krutz Strings. She also attends a 30-min private lesson and 45-min group class in the Suzuki method every week. She has perfect attendance, and will be participating in a program called "Detroit Voices", where local violinists will record an album with students.