Hello and Goodbyes

After our program’s successful first year teaching at Woodford Paideia, we’re starting the second! We’ve already begun working with the kids in their orchestra class, and will be inviting some of them to join us after school over the next couple of weeks.  We are looking forward to getting back to lessons and chamber music!

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We’ve had some changes to our staff, including a member of the quartet itself. For the last two years, violinist William Manley drove from Columbus to Cincinnati to be a part of 4-Way, and we owe him a huge debt of gratitude for the untold hours of his time (and thousands of miles on his car) he gave to us. Will’s willingness to spend an extra three to four hours on the road for every rehearsal, performance, and teaching session was truly exceptional and generous. Unfortunately, the increasing demands of our schedule have made it impossible for him to continue, but we simply couldn’t have established ourselves without his sacrifices, and we’ll always be grateful to him.

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The challenges of scheduling also mean will have a new violin teacher after school – the amazing Trista Emmons, who was central to making the program a success last year, is stepping aside, and we’ll really miss her. After a full day of teaching strings at Indian Hill Schools, she came over to Woodford, and what she brought to the program really can’t be measured – her violin students thrived, we all relied on her unerring instincts about repertoire and performances, and most important, she created an atmosphere of warmth and encouragement that we will all do our best to continue.

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Angela Carota will be the String Project’s “nerve center” again this year, and we’re super excited to have her back – this program simply wouldn’t exist without her. Every child at Woodford knows and loves her, and she was instrumental (sorry) in helping us find the kids who could thrive in the program.

While Angela was away last year, John Caliguri stepped in, and was central to last year’s success. John did pretty much everything – coaching ensembles, conducting our chamber orchestra, teaching lessons, fixing instruments, and keeping everything going. All this after a full day of teaching over 200 students at Walnut Hills High School! Thank you again, John!

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So, (drumroll please), stepping into the roles of violinist and after school teacher is 4-Way’s newest member, Jack Bogard! Jack is a Cincinnati native, and graduate of both the School for Creative and Performing Arts and CCM (with a degree in jazz!). He’s studied violin with CSO Principal 2nd violin Gabe Pegis, and improvisation with Paul Patterson. Jack’s also studied samba music in Brazil, and we’re excited to have him share his skills as an improviser in our performances. There are a few of those coming up soon, and I’ll share the details in another post later this week.

So, once again, thanks to all those who’ve helped us get this far, including our supporters – we definitely couldn’t do this without you! If you’d like to become one of them, please click the donate button!

Till next time,

Nat

Nat Chaitkin
New Video

As hard as it is to imagine right now, school starts in two weeks! 4-Way will once again be in residence at Woodford Paideia, assisting with 5th and 6th grade orchestra, this time for the whole school year. We'll begin our after school program in early September, and we can't wait! In the meantime, here's a video Kevin made with highlights from last year's program - hope you enjoy it!

More news coming soon about the program, new supporters, and upcoming concerts - stay tuned!

Nat

Nat Chaitkin
Peer Mentors

Our program is blessed to have wonderful teachers, who give their expertise, time and energy to our kids. These dedicated folks come to Woodford Paideia on Tuesday afternoons after a full day of teaching at other schools – we can’t thank them enough for their commitment.

One of our teachers is John Caliguri, the orchestra director at Walnut Hills High School, and recently, he brought some of his high school students to help out! Our kids were treated to an inspiring performance of Haydn’s “Lark” Quartet by kids only a few years older than they are, and then got to work on their own pieces, with the high school kids teaching alongside our faculty.

It was great to see our students get a taste of what they could be doing in a few years, as well as the excitement of the Walnut kids sharing what they love doing so well – kudos to all of them and John for their very high level of playing! Having these peer mentors are a wonderful and inspiring experience for our students (and the teachers!), and we’re especially excited that some of them have decided to come back regularly to help out!

We’re very grateful for all our wonderful teachers and volunteers - we couldn't do this without them! Please consider supporting their work with a donation to our education program – thank you!

Nat Chaitkin
Beginnings

Last week, we began our education program! After a quick snack, we started playing. Led by our amazing violin teacher, Trista Emmons, by the end of the afternoon we had the kids playing simple duets together, and had some pretty impressive bowholds to show off, too!

 

We ended the afternoon with some "body percussion", led by Woodford's awesome music teacher, Angela Carota - here's a snippet:

 

It was a great way to start the program, and the new year - I can't wait till next Tuesday!

A special thank you to all our donors - we couldn't do this without you! If you'd like to help support the program, please click the button below.

Thanks - more soon!

Nat

Nat Chaitkin
Debut Concert This Sunday!

We're excited to perform Ravel's Quartet in F Major and Beethoven Op. 18 No. 6 at the Taft Muesuem of Art this Sunday, March 13 at 2:30. The concert is free and open to the public. 

Kevin Boden