Sunday, October 23, 2011

Violinists/Molly and Sarah

Serenade Strings with Pinellas Youth Symphony
Being in art advocacy has been one of the great joys of my life! Advocating for the arts and their importance for our communities has been a cause that is easy to fight for.
Molly and Sarah are two reasons why it is so important that we have arts in our schools. Being a teacher is a wonderful thing, watching kids grow, mature and blossom.
On Friday night my partner, Ann, and I went to a presentation of the Florida Youth Symphony at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida. There we saw the violinists, of the Florida Youth Symphony, play. It was remarkable to watch these 16 and 17 year olds play at such a high level. It was thrilling to hear the years of training and dedication come to fruition in the music of Hayden. Watching those young fingers pluck the stings and nimbly play difficult cords so easily filled me with such pride.
I am one of Molly's Art Aunts. Molly is the daughter of a fellow art teacher who is a good friend of mine. I have watch Molly grow up and struggle to find her way. She does many things very well, art, dance and music. She has gone from a child who experienced the first trials of scratching a bow across strings to a young who excels at playing the violin. The art aunts are a group of art teachers who support and cheer Molly on for all her endeavors. We, like, all aunts are very proud! Her best friend Sarah is the youngest of four. Her Mom told me everything she touches turns to gold. I love this picture of friendship, delight, and success. It speaks of confident youth in the first forays of adulthood. Lets wish Molly and Sahara well, they have put the years of practice and discipline in to deserve the accolades they receive now and the future success that is sure to come.

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