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December 12, 2017
by hh

Its National Violin Day!

Observed annually on December 13, National Violin Day honors that bowed string instrument, which is also known as the fiddle.   Here’s some more violin facts: “Violin” comes from the Medieval Latin work “vitula” which means stringed instrument. The person who makes … Continue reading

Welcome Back!

September 7, 2017 by hh | 0 comments

Welcome back to the Hatboro-Horsham String Program!  Please register in order to receive all the pertinent information regarding lessons, rehearsals and orchestra concerts, as well as confirm your child’s emergency contact information.

If you do not have a computer at home, please let me know and I will make sure you receive a hard copy of the registration material.


Six of the best… viola players

April 28, 2017 by hh | 0 comments

Reposted from www.classical-music.com/feature/world-music/six-best-viola-players

25 June 2009

Heard the one about the good viola player? No? Hardly surprising. This Cinderella of the string family is the butt of most instrumentalists’ jokes. But unfairly so, as Rebecca Franks finds out

According to spotlight-hungry violinists, violas are only good for filling in a bit of middle-part harmony and should never be trusted with a good tune. And really, argue the cellists, seeing as the viola has the same strings as the cello, just an octave higher, what’s the point?

And that’s before you even get people onto the viola players themselves. ‘Viola players were always taken from among the refuse of violinists,’ wrote Berlioz well over a century ago, a sentiment often still wheeled out today.

Well, it’s time to think again about the unfairly maligned viola, and to help here’s a round-up of the six best violists past and present. Yes, they really do exist.

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D.C. elementary school students perform with Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell

February 9, 2017 by hh | 0 comments

from Washington Post, Feb 8, 2017 by Alejandra Matos

The orchestra students at Bunker Hill Elementary School plucked and bowed their violins, violas and cellos one afternoon this week as they performed Duke Ellington’s “C Jam Blues” for classmates at an assembly.

But this was no ordinary concert. Two special guests joined in: violinist Joshua Bell and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

The world-famous musicians spent Tuesday afternoon swaying to the rhythmic sounds of first-graders beating sangba drums. They watched students act out stories. And the orchestra students learned how Bell and Ma get rid of nerves during performances: Ma pretends it’s his birthday party. Bell imagines everyone in the audience sitting on toilets.

“You played so well,” Ma told about 20 orchestra students during rehearsal for the assembly. “I love the energy. It was great.”

Ma and Bell visited the Northeast D.C. school through a program known as Turnaround Arts, which aims to give underperforming schools more resources for arts and music.

Violinist Joshua Bell, left, and DC Youth Orchestra’s Philip Espe, right, before they play a song together at Bunker Hill Elementary School. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

When faced with financial pressures, schools often cut arts and music funding to focus resources on math and reading. But Turnaround Arts, in about 70 schools around the country, was founded on the idea that every student, not just those in wealthy neighborhoods, should have access to the arts. Experts say the arts are essential for a well-rounded education and can help students succeed in other academic areas.

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