OUR 20th ANNIVERSARY GALA WAS A SUCCESS!
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20 Painted Violins Honoring 20 Years of Music!
To commemorate Community Music School's 20th Anniversary, 20 violins were transformed into one-of-a-kind, unique works of art. Selected artists, from the surrounding five counties, drew their inspiration from music genres, themes, and compositions - creating an original masterpiece and style. Two of the 20 violins were signed by members of The Philadelphia Orchestra. All 20 violins were auctioned off at our Gala event on October 4, 2012. The proceeds of the auctioned violins, as well as other auction items, will benefit the programs we offer and support the mission of the Community Music School.
20th Anniversary Year 2011-2012
We kicked off our 20th Anniversary with a Student Banner and Essay contest back in the Spring. The winners were chosen by a “People’s Choice“ vote. Congratulations to Sofia Perez for her creative banner (top of page) and Sydney Pridgen for her heartfelt essay (below)! Both students won a FREE quarter (9 lessons) of tuition courtesy of Analytica, Inc.
Here is the winning essay, by Sydney R. Pridgen, age 16:
Music is and international language that can bring people of all different cultures together. Music expresses the love, hate, fear and passion we experience everyday. Music is a muse for so many hurting children. Music is comfort and music is home. Throughout history race, religion, an d politics has continuously divided us, but through music we become one community.
Throughout my life I have been blessed with so many opportunities to learn music. I would not be the violinist I am today without the support of my community. I have been attending the Community Music School since the age of four. All of the teachers and staff have supported me. I feel as if I always have someone rooting for me. When I graduate and leave the music school, I will be leaving with life long friends and great musical experiences. I have also been blessed to live In Harleysville with neighbors who always encourage me to do my best.
I love to share my talent with my community, because I see how much my music can touch other people’s lives. When my mom had cancer she told me that even in her time of pain my music always put a smile on her face. I wanted to bring the same joy to others in my community. I began to play my violin at the local nursing home. Seeing the smiles that appear on the sick and elderly faces makes me realize that music is a timeless gift.
Music has helped me learn self-discipline and has given me an outlet for my creativity. I can always pour my emotions into music and it helps me to escape from reality. Music has become my life. Music is my passion. Music is my heart. Music brings people together and Music makes communities.