To celebrate, the school held it's ninth annual picnic and student concert
Over 100 people were entertained by 34 students -- performing solos or in ensembles -- who shared their talents and skills in performance on violins, guitars, oboes, clarinets and banjos.
"It's a wonderful gathering," said
Also during the picnic six Vrabel Award trophies, named after the school's original director, the late
This year's winners were
"Six out of the seven winners are 14 years of age and younger," Faiers said.
The music school, which was founded in 2005, is a nonprofit organization providing space for music instructors to teach lessons.
"By taking private lessons students can set their own goals, go at their own pace and choose the style of music they want to play," Faiers said. "Having kids learn an instrument is an important part of their education and builds confidence. For the older people, playing an instrument is on their bucket list. They do really well."
The school boasts a list of qualified and experienced musicians offering instruction.
--Dave Dzelsky, a 41-year veteran instructor with a degree in organ performance from IUP. He teaches piano, organ and musical instrument digital interface.
--Faiers taught for 38 years in
For more information, call 266-4440 or visit www.facebook.com/GJSchoolOfMusic.
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