70 Violins Donated to New York Schools
In an outreach effort to help students learn violin in New York City schools, the organizers of Mondomusica New York have donated a total of 70 violins to two schools. The trade show, which just wrapped up its inaugural violin event in New York, made the donations in two presentations to Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary School in East Harlem and Opus118 Harlem School of Music.
The donation ceremony to Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary School took place at the city’s famous St. Patrick Cathedral on March 14, and was followed by a concert of the children and an organ performance by the Italian musician Emilio Brambilla. The school serves pre-K through eighth grade students from the neighborhood as well as students whose parents work in the area. It provides group violin lessons to students who wish to pursue violin beyond the fifth grade, as well as performance opportunities alongside professional musicians, and educational outings to concerts and events.
At press time, the Harlem School of Music’s donation ceremony was held at the Mondomusica New York show on March 17 and was to be followed by a concert of the children. Roberta Guaspari founded the school to keep music instruction alive in Harlem’s public schools and inspired the 1999 Meryl Streep film Music of the Heart.