“A local music program called Kidznotes has helped two Durham students get to Los Angeles to perform in a national youth orchestra,” writes Rick Armstrong in a Monday (5/6) text and video story at WRAL.com (Raleigh-Durham, N.C.). “After a full day of school, a group of students between the ages 8 to 18 study music with Kidznotes, a nonprofit organization that offers free, intensive music training. Nick Malinowski, the director of Kidznotes, describes it as a social change movement. ‘These were students had the smallest number of resources—and the greatest need,’ Malinowski said… Becoming proficient on the cello taught 15-year-old Marcus Gee a valuable lesson. ‘You have to work hard if you want to achieve something,’ said Gee, who has been principal cellist in a youth orchestra national festival in Los Angeles for the past two years. This year, he’ll return for a third time. Sixteen-year-old [violist] Kiarra Truitt-Martin will join Gee in Los Angeles this year. The two agree—the Kidznotes program targets more than just success in music. It triggers success in college, in careers and in life…. The [Kidznotes] program is available in three counties across the Triangle area.”

Posted May 10, 2019