On Monday, May 21, 2018, the D’Addario Foundation hosted the Long Island Lesson Program’s end-of-year recital at the D’Addario & Co Factory in Farmingdale, New York. Through the newly founded Music Education for Girls Initiative, six scholarships were awarded to the students in the Copiague School District.
The D’Addario Foundation awarded scholarships to Susan Rivas, Jennifer Calderon, Kierah Harris, Victoria Wheby, Jazmin Infante, and Caitlyn Carrington. The scholarship provides yearly youth orchestra participation and 30 weeks of private lessons.
“String music education and advocacy are growing all thanks to the D’Addario Foundation. My students, before they started, did not know what a violin, viola, cello or bass was. Now, they won’t listen to any music without these instruments. Music is history, and when it is not being taught, a whole world of understanding one another is cut off.” – Kelly Flynn, Lead Harmony Teacher, D’Addario Foundation
The Long Island Lesson Program—financed completely by the D’Addario Foundation and managed by the Harmony Program—has operated for the last four years in the Copiague School District chosen because of its constituency of high needs families. It has not had a string program for more than 30 years. The program provides six hours a week of instrument instruction more than 30 weeks a year, including summer camp.
In addition to the scholarships awarded, Sammy and Ben Ash attended and gave the music teachers gift certificates to Sam Ash stores.
Flynn adds: “D’Addario has opened these worlds and doors for these children, and their lives have already changed for the better. Through music, they have become well-rounded, compassionate, hardworking and dedicated human beings.”
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