View the slideshow below to see how 30 students traded their paper violins for brand-new real ones in a ceremony on Oct. 13, 2011 at Cleveland's Rainey Institute.
The Cleveland Orchestra and Conn-Selmer, Inc., have supplied Scherl & Roth violins for an intensive after-school program called El Sistema@Rainey, launched in September by Rainey Institute. Cleveland Orchestra violinist Isabel Trautwein (shown at left in photo) is the artistic director of the new program, based on El Sistema, (“the system”) a social program developed in Venezuela.
In programs around the world, El Sistema provides needy children with free musical training, teaching them musical skills and the opportunity to change the direction of their lives. Isabel Trautwein took a year-long leave of absence from The Cleveland Orchestra during the 2010-11 season to serve as an Abreu Fellow, learning the principles of El Sistema's founder, Jose Antonio Abreu, by studying in Boston and Caracas.