“Many people played some kind of instrument in their youth, but later gave it up and now regret it. The newly-formed Cookeville Community Folk Orchestra is looking for former musicians who still have music in their souls,” writes Megan Trotter in Sunday’s (8/17) Herald-Citizen (Cookeville, Tennessee). “ ‘Everywhere I go, I meet someone who says, “I used to play the piano,” or “I used to play the violin,” ’ Kat Starr, orchestra director, said. ‘I wanted to give them a home and a place to perform.’ … The Cookeville group started as just a collection of her various music students putting on a recital…. Now she has about 30 members in the orchestra…. There are children as young as nine, up to retirees, and every age in between. Members range from beginner level to experts. ‘I’ve got several people with degrees in music who want to be in the orchestra because they just want people to play with,’ Starr said.… Starr is a graduate of Tennessee Tech’s music department herself, with a major in music education and an emphasis in strings. … ‘My goal for the CCFO is to not just to have people come and play together, but to do music for a reason,’ Starr said. ‘I want to benefit local charities.’ ”

Posted August 19, 2014