August 22, 2014
Dear RI Fiddle Project Supporters & Friends,
Rachel and I would like to update you on the next stage of Rhode
Island Fiddle Project. And yes, there is a next stage!
We've been encouraged by our supporters, friends, and the Woodlawn
Community Center (where our classes are held) to continue the project
with a fee-based structure. Students will be able to access
scholarships and reduced fees as needed.
At the end of June, many of our students applied to keep one of the
Fiddle Project violins as their own. Their written responses were so
heartfelt, that it strengthened our resolve to continue a class for
Starting in September, I will be teaching once a week in the same
unique Fiddle Project style. Rachel will join us for a monthly group
workshop, and some big-picture planning, as well. The monthly group
session will be open to fiddle players of all ages and levels from
all over the area. Other instruments may be welcome as well; check
with us if you are interested. If you or someone you know would like
to participate, please let us know, and we'll keep you in the loop.
The group class will be on the first Thursday of the month, starting
Oct 2nd at 6:30pm.
Both the weekly and monthly gatherings will continue to build on our
vision of a fiddling community from a multitude of backgrounds and
generations, brought together through the shared learning and
playing of fiddling and dancing traditions. If you are interested in
contributing to the scholarship fund for RI Fiddle Project students,
you can do so by donating through Community MusicWorks, with a memo
designating your gift for RIFP.
We are excited to see the next stage of the Fiddle Project unfold,
and hope you are too!