Friday, September 2, 2011

VVF's First Notes Program Receives 30 Refurbished Instruments


The second annual Colorado Public Radio Instrument Drive has struck a definitive chord with the Vail Valley Foundation’s First Notes program at Avon Elementary School as the music education program is now 30 instruments richer following a recent distribution ceremony.

Vail Valley Foundation and First Notes representatives were on hand August 20 at Gates Hall in the Newman Center on the University of Denver campus to pick up the instruments that included ¾-sized cellos, ¼-sized violins, full-sized violins, trumpets, trombones, clarinets, flutes and oboes.

More than 30 schools throughout the state received refurbished instruments, courtesy of the Colorado Institute of Music Instrument Technology, headquartered in Castle Rock.  Approximately 1,000 instruments were distributed in the collaborative effort between Colorado Public Radio and the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation in California.

“This is a wonderful program that enables us to broaden the scope and scale of our First Notes program,” explained Jean McSpadden, Director of Education for VVF.  “Through this generous donation, we are now able to serve the second, third and fourth graders at Avon Elementary.”

We're so excited about this wonderful gift!
- Lindsey


Read the Denver Post article here.

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