July 31, 2014: It’s not every day when you leave a music store with 4 new cellos. It was an exciting moment at the Creative Music Center in Monroe, CT when Rob Silvan, Executive Director of KEYS (Kids Empowered by Your Support, Inc.) took delivery of 4 new cellos to be used by cello students during their one-to-one lessons and during orchestra rehearsals of the KEYS orchestra. A generous $4,000 grant from The Amalia & Nicola Giuliani Foundation for Religion and the Arts funded not only the purchase of the new cellos, but will also pay for cello lessons for 4 students during the upcoming school year.
KEYS cello students currently share their instruments, and their teachers have to bring instruments from school to school for the one-to-one lessons. Having to share instruments makes it more difficult for cellists to practice between their lessons. KEYS needed to purchase good quality instruments because as students become more advanced they need good cellos for practice that are also easier to maintain.
Rob Silvan commented that “KEYS is grateful to The Amalia & Nicola Giuliani Foundation for Religion and the Arts for supporting this important programming need. And we thank the Creative Music Center for providing the cellos at cost so that the Giuliani Foundation funding could be extended to cover not only the instrument cost, but pay for the lessons as well. The students will be thrilled when they resume their lessons in September and have access to the new cellos. “
Photo: Rob Silvan, Executive Director of KEYS, taking delivery of a new cello from Liz Reisman, owner of Creative Music Center in Monroe, CT.
The Amalia & Nicola Giuliani Foundation for Religion and the Arts is an independent foundation that provides grants to organizations operating in the areas of religion, the arts, and education. See http://giulianifdn.org for more information.