Kindergarteners receive first violins

Over 90 kindergarten students in the El Sistema Colorado program at Swansea Elementary School received their first violins in a special ceremony on Friday.

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Following an El Sistema tradition, students began their introduction to the violin at the beginning of this school year on paper mache versions, created by volunteers and family members. After working hard to master the basics of the instrument over the last two months, the students were ready for their big day – the day they received their real violins and officially became young musicians. Check out this link to the Denver Post coverage of their rehearsal Friday afternoon.

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The students performed in a brief concert, which included songs about the violin and demonstrating that they were ready for the real thing by playing their paper mache violins to recorded music. Each student then came on stage to receive their real violin, presented by donors who helped El Sistema Colorado to purchase instruments. Thanks to Kathy Martinez, Jane and Don Scheuer, Dee and Gene Milstein and Evelyn Waldron for their support and help distributing the violins to the exciting young musicians. Link here for to the our Facebook photo album of the Swansea Kindergarten Celebration 

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