Vol 6 No. 29 - April 12, 2006

Summer string training ensemble offered on Island
By Pat Copeland
sun staff writer

Music educator Sarah Pope is offering a summer string training ensemble for students of all ages to be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church during June and July.

"It will be mainly performance related," she explained. "I want them to already know how to read music. It will include sight reading and learning to play as an ensemble — learning to play with others as a group and have the same sound."

Pope, a graduate of Manatee High School, has a BA in music from Furman University in Atlanta and a master’s degree in violin performance from Florida State University.

She plays in the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra and the North Port Community Orchestra and has been a finalist in several Florida violin competitions. She operates a private music studio in northwest Bradenton.

Sarah Pope, who has a master’s degree in violin performance, will be offering summer string ensemble training.
"I teach piano, violin and guitar," she said. "I have eight students from 8 to 17 years old. I enjoy teaching so much, seeing the improvement and inspiring the kids."

The ensemble will include intermediate and advanced levels of playing. Music will be from the baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary genres.

"This ensemble will give students a chance to nourish their love and talent for music through the summer without having to leave home," she pointed out.

"I’m trying to fill a gap because the other options are to go away to camp or not play. It’s also for people who don’t have the opportunity to play in an orchestra."

Classes will be held from 9 a.m. until noon at the church at 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Dates are June 10, 17 and 24 and July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 23. There are openings for 40 players.

Applications must be postmarked by May 10 and are available at manateestrings.com or by calling Pope at (941) 920-2408. The fee of $250 is due with the application, but is refundable until June 3 if a student must cancel.

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