Paper Violin Concerts Nov 1st & 2nd

Swansea kindergarten students practice on their paper violins, preparing for their first concert and the presentation of their real violins

170 kindergarten students from Garden Place and Swansea Elementary schools have been practicing on their paper mache violins since early September, preparing for the day when they will graduate to real violins. We invite to you be a part of their special day by attending one of the Paper Violin Concerts on November 1st and 2nd.

El Sistema programs have been using paper mache violins for many years to introduce students to the instrument. Initially, the paper violins were a stand-in because they did not have enough real violins, but the practice proved to be very successful from a pedagogical perspective, allowing youngsters to learn basics, such as the part of the violin, handling and positioning.

In September, Garden Place and Swansea families came together to make paper violins for over 170 kindergarten students. See El Sistema Colorado’s Facebook pagefor a photo album of the paper violin creation.

The students have been practicing and learning with their paper versions, anxiously awaiting the time when they have earned real violins. And now that day has arrived. The kindergarteners will give a short Paper Violin Concert (to recorded music) and then each child will be presented a real violin by El Sistema donors. Refreshments will follow the performances. The events are free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.

Event details:

  • Swansea Elementary Paper Violin Concert   Friday, Nov 1st 5:30 – 7 p.m.
    4650 Columbine Street, Denver, CO 80216  (just north of I-70, Josephine/York exit)
  • Garden Place Elementary Paper Violin Concert   Saturday, Nov 2nd 10 – 11:30 a.m.
    4425 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO 80216 (just south of I-70, Washington exit)

A huge thanks to Sandy Elliott and Katherine & Alex Martinez for special contributions to support the purchase of instruments. El Sistema Colorado continues to raise funds to purchase violins and other instruments for our new program sites. Thank you for considering a donation.