God Bless The Music Teachers…

Tonight was Cheyenne’s last 8th grade orchestra concert. The final orchestra concert of each school year in West Fargo is always the all-city concert.  Grades 6-12 come together at the high school and play a few pieces individually as a grade grouping (6th, 7th, 8th, and 9-12) and then they play one piece all together.…
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The Gift…

I want to thank the middle school music teachers, Mrs. Larson and Ms. Schwartz.  They gave me a great gift last year when Cheyenne wanted to quit playing viola.  They convinced her to stay with it for another year.  They did what I could not – they provided a rationale she thought had merit.  And…
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Please God, Let Her Play The Viola Her Entire Life…

Tonight was the 8th Grade Orchestra’s Winter Concert.  Cheyenne has been in orchestra since 6th grade. There are only two concerts a year – one in the winter and one in the spring.  The winter concerts are very short events – typically about a half hour or so.    The performance this evening featured six relatively…
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Note-worthy…

It is that time of year again.  Time for Cheney Middle School’s 7th Grade Orchestra’s Holiday Concert.  The STEM students (of which Cheyenne is one) are part of Cheney’s 6th, 7th and 8th grade orchestra program and each grade performs about a half hour show twice a year. I have been impressed since I attended Cheyenne’s first concert last year. …
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A Glorious Sound…

I played violin as a kid…well, played may be too generous a word.  I think “played” denotes some level of mastery.  When I practiced even my high level efforts sounded like a cat in heat…a really loud and frustrated cat. My cousin was a violinist with the Philadelphia Philharmonic and my parents were hopeful that…
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