North Valley Symphony Orchestra Receives Violin Donation for Youth

Friday 6.14.2013 @ 10:11am | ImagesAZ | Community


A local luthier, the title given master artisans who create or repair classical string instruments, is donating a handcrafted violin to a talented member of the North Valley Symphony Orchestra (NVSO) youth orchestras. Jody Sumerford is providing one of his violins, valued at well over $2,000 to a deserving student who is planning on continuing a career in music.


In response to this amazing gift, the music directors of NVSO have designed an application and audition process to help choose a deserving student. Current students participating in the NVSO Youth Orchestra or Symphonettes will compose an essay concerning their plans for continuing in the field of music, as well as perform an audition on a classical piece by Seitz as part of the application process.


“The violin donated by Mr. Sumerford is an amazing opportunity for one of our hard-working students to receive a hand-made violin. It is also especially gratifying for our organization that Mr. Sumerford recognizes the work that our volunteer artistic staff is doing to nurture and develop these young musicians,” said Kevin Kozacek, Music Director of NVSO.


NVSO includes musicians from around the valley, including north Phoenix, Glendale, Tramonto, Anthem, Desert Hills and New River. NVSO’s mission is to build community through music, and it continues to honor its audience members with ticket prices at only $5 to help attract families and audience members that might be new to attending live music events.