Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society - Access & Inspiration Strings Program


The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society (MVCMS) is experiencing great success with “Access and Inspiration” the program funded by MVYouth. Our student instruments have were loaned in October. We loaned all 3/4 and full size violins, indicating students playing longer, moving into larger instruments as they grow, a goal of the program. For Inspiration, we offered two highly successful Artist in Residencies which ran for a week each, March 25th to April 1st, and November 4th to12th. In March, Andres Vera, cellist with The Quartet San Francisco made his third visit to the Vineyard. Accompanied by Joseph Christiansen, second violinist in the Quartet, together they brought a youthful exuberance, masterful classical playing, and strong teaching skills. In November the entire Quartet visited, working with high school orchestra and helping students prepare solo pieces for festival auditions, performing for the high school music department and Edgartown and Charter School concerts. The Quartet coached and performed with “The Swedish Fish String Ensemble” at the Oak Bluffs School a tremendous confidence building event for the students. At this, the end of our funding we feel sure of sustaining the residency program. We secured additional funding through grants and patrons generosity. Our work continues and we look forward to working with MVYouth again in the future.