Rock Island Students Show Off Their Skills at Violin Recital
The Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) in partnership with Spring Forward started the project in the Fall of 2021. Both groups reached out to other organizations and foundations to help fund the project.
Students are chosen based on participation in music class and overall positive behavior at school. It is a year-long commitment and the hope is that the students will continue through until 6th grade.
The students are provided with a violin and attend a weekly group lesson, all funded through grants and donations.
On Monday, December 19, students performed in front of parents and Thomas Jefferson staff.
First-years performed DAD song, tutti, and a solo bow demonstration. First-year students include five second-grade students – Samantha Schladt, Olivia Huber, Jackson Anthony, Keith Eckhardt, and Ja’Keil Dade.
Second-year students performed a variation of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Hot Cross Buns, and Jingle Bells. Second-year students include five third-grade students – Emilee Brown, Rocklyn Dunbar, Sam Tavernier, and Mataio Mikaio.
A special thank you to all the donors: QCSO, the Brissman Family Foundation, West Music, Morency Family Foundation, The Doris and Victor Day Foundation, United Way of the Quad Cities, and Spring Forward.