Strings of Joy students, with instructor Natalie Sahyoun, at rehearsal prior to their April 2014 performance. Pictured: Janiece Yartz (left), Jalen Chaney, LaRriah Coker, Natalie Sahyoun, India Stovell, Malachi Coker. Picture credit: Rosemary Hager-Rosenberg.
Since 2013 Strings of Joy has introduced selected students from Warren City Schools Jefferson and Willard K-8 buildings to the world of classical music, while teaching them how to play violins and other string instruments. The program is part of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers sponsored by the Warren City School District. Strings of Joy instructor is Natalie Sahyoun, a member of the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra. The lessons are free to the students.
On April 27, 2014, Strings of Joy participants joined the orchestra to perform the world premiere of Maze, composed by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Yehudi Wyner. In composing Maze
for the Philharmonic and the young performers, Mr. Wyner met with the Strings of Joy students, heard them play
and collaborated with them in the crafting of the composition.
Strings of Joy is an after-school program offered to students who wish to participate using donated violins. Instructors are WPO orchestra members who are paid under a separate fund consisting of grants and community organization and individual donations.
The orchestra plans to expand Strings of Joy as funds become available. Contributions to the WPO are welcome!