In Our Students' Words

Music allows me to express myself without having to explain myself– I can share my emotions, triumphs, and tribulations through the performance. We strive for excellence in our music, because it becomes a part of us, a means of conveying ourselves to others.
-Ariel

 

Rafael, Latino Arts Strings Program Student MusicianIn my early years, I was described as shy and quiet. When my parents placed me in the Latino Arts Strings Program, it opened up a whole new world for me. I became happy when I played music, and I knew from that moment on that I had found my niche. The Latino Arts Strings Program helped mold me into the man I am today by teaching me life lessons.
-Rafael

 

Growing up with a violin in my hands has been a blessing. It has allowed me to walk in paths that I never imagined possible. Going to the White House, meeting the President of the United States, and then sitting a couple of seats from him at the White House theater in the East Wing is not something that happens to every middle school Latina!
-Gabriela

 

Marianna, former Latino Arts Strings Program Student MusicianThe Strings Program has helped me find who I am and discover myself. Before I used to be really shy, and not speak up for myself. I feel that my violin has given me a voice. When I play, I find I have a voice.
-Marianna

 

Ever since I was eight-- from the moment I picked up a violin for the first time-- I saw and discovered a completely new world. Living as a first-generation American from an immigrant family, I experienced many hardships as a child before I even learned to talk. Having music in my life brought beauty to each new day.
-Elizabeth

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