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Art work donated by Susan Clark, Ontario



Besides the trade organizations mentioned elsewhere, the nation's music educators are very aware of the music education access barriers suffered by income disadvantaged populations.  Here, below, I want to give credit to people and the agencies listed who gave--and continue to give--in products or with particular expertise to see our students be successful in addressing this inequity.  


  • Sylvia Carlson

    • A horn player, a social justice warrior, a mom, and the former Ex Dir of the Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project

    • For giving me my first exposures to all of this

    • For introducing me to others who play, and who teach, and who care!  

  • The College Board​

    • For working with to develop a Scholarship offering, which will make our StringWizard participants, ​who complete AP qualifying courseware,eligible to compete for two Allstate Foundation $50,000 scholarships awarded each year.  This is a new program.

  • The Driehaus Foundation

    • For their offer to critique our grant writing segments          

    • Richard  Driehaus and my brother Jack were Ignatius classmates (’60)

  • Lashof Violins

    • For repair advice

    • For David's donation of his 300-page book Violin Making and bow repair book, which is in constant use. 

  • MusicInc.Chicago

    • For constant advice and active participation in all we do

    • Music Inc. is the main recipient of our shop output

    • For help with developing our lease program

    • For being a key partner with us from the very beginning.  

  • North Park University

    • For the tuition waiver in a certificate program in Music and Social Change and Human Values

    • For Orchestra Director Dr. Tom Zelle and his support of StringWizards and his interest in promoting el Sistema work in the city and surrounds


  • Mark and Maggie O’Connor

    • For their interest in StringWizards

    • For thinking outside the box on violin instruction

    • For the Mark O’Connor Method itself

    • I am a certified method teacher



















                   Music Inc Chicago Orchestra performing in Tully Hall.



  • Red Desert Violin

    • For the offer of discounted music training software. 

    • For Lora’s long friendship and our common interest in social equity  and the joy of teaching

  • St. Agatha Parish and Fr. Larry Dowling

    • For opening his convent to StringWizards' storage needs

    • For hosting Music Inc Chicago each week. 

    • For being pastor to a genuine faith community in a working world


  • St. Ignatius College Prep

    • For hosting StringWizards

    • For providing shop space

    • For Mary Ellen Schneider, Chair of the Music Department 

    • For 150 years of breathing social justice into their students


  • Triangle Strings

    • For Internet advice on violin repair techniques

    • For on-going personal assistance when asked

    • For a lovely website full of advice for StringWizard interns


  • Trala

    • Trala is a new mobile ap from a Chicago based company.  It is a customizable, interactive learning ap which could inspire very young players with serious intent who lack the access to individualized attention.

    • For their offer of assistance to StringWizards 

  • Lane Tech College Prep, Music Department

    • We are forever grateful to Mr. Javier Payano for his thoughtfulness in ​offering some surplus instrument repair tools and parts from a previous cello repair effort at the school.











  • Vandercook College of Music

    • For their "One City" tuition-free youth orchestra

    • For allowing me to edit a Masters Offering in band instrument maintenance and repair.

  • We.Org and the Allstate Insurance Foundation

    • For recognizing our work with a recent national recognition award

    • For tomorrow’s promise of melodies yet to play.

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