by Terry Rogers
On June 2, the Brandywine Fiddlers, an electric violin ensemble that is part of the Music School of Delaware, performed at the Hard Rock Café in Philadelphia. The performance was part of the “Future Stars Showcase” sponsored by the restaurant chain.
“We play twice a year in the Future Stars Showcase at the end of our first and second semesters,” Shelley Beard Santore, a faculty member at the Music School, said. “Often, the program is held at World Café Live in Philadelphia. This was the first year it was held at the Hard Rock Café in Philadelphia. Every year, our kids just have a blast.”
The ensemble of 11 violin students includes musicians whose ages range from 8 to 16. The young people come from all areas of Delaware and perform similar shows throughout the year. Santore explained that these types of shows are important because they learn to deal with stage settings, lighting and the need for full sound.
“The experience was great,” Richard Kim, one of the ensemble performers said. “It made me feel important and exciting! The most memorable part for me was hearing the audience clap for us. I love the opportunity to play at events like this but the best part of being part of the Music School for me is making new friends and playing with old friends. I love the teachers here, too.”
The Brandywine Fiddlers played the National Anthem, Virtuoso and R.O.C.K. in the USA as part of the performance.
“The kids love performing in a setting with full sound and lighting, meant specifically for rock and pop,” Santore said. “This gives them an understanding what it means to perform at a well-known venue with a larger than normal audience.”
The Music School of Delaware is a nationally-accredited, statewide, nonprofit organization that reaches thousands of residents in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. Instructional programs are offered at the school and they perform over 120 public events each year. It is the only nationally-accredited program of its kind in the state and the only statewide accredited community music school in the nation. Branches are located in Wilmington and Milford as well as in 20 satellite and outreach sites.
“We offer financial assistance programs for those who demonstrate financial need,” Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, “ArtStuff Publicity and Marketing Director at the Music School, said. “We also offer merit scholarships for those who are highly-motivated. For more information about classes offered by the Music School, visit www.musicschoolofdelaware.org or call 302-422-2043.
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