All posts by Rachel Davis

Rachel grew up in a musical family. She was started singing and playing piano at an early age. In fifth grade, she began playing the violin in the school orchestra. It wasn't long, however, before she fell in love with the sound of the cello. Cello has since been her favorite instrument to play. Growing up in Portland, OR provided many opportunities for musical growth. Rachel participated in local groups like the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and the Portland Youth Philharmonic. After earning her Bachelor's of Music from Berry College, in Rome, GA, she moved back to the Northwest where she currently plays for the Willamette Falls Symphony, Willamette Falls Trio and the indie rock band, Capraesque.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED! Kennedy Violins’ 3rd Annual Photo Contest

Back in May, we announced Kennedy Violins’ 3rd Annual Photo Contest.  By the end of the contest, we saw more entries than ever before!  Our judges needed extra time to deliberate, but they have finally chosen the winners!

Performance Category

With so many good entries, we’d be remiss to not highlight a few Honorable Mentions.  Two that stood out in the Performance category were some great action shots by Alma Wright and Emrah Lekiq.

Performance category Honorable Mention: Alma Wright
Performance category Honorable Mention: Alma Wright
Performance category Honorable Mention: Emrah Lekiq
Performance category Honorable Mention: Emrah Lekiq

The winner of the Performance category ended up being David Jhoo!  The judges really liked the dynamic movement in the shot and they felt that the outdoor setting provided great natural light for the instrument and made for an interesting backdrop.  Congratulations, David!

WINNER in Performance category: David Jhoo!
WINNER in the Performance category: David Jhoo!

Artistic Category

The entries in the Artistic category were especially interesting.  We’d like to give Honorable mentions to Clotilde Zehnder and Steve Bryan for their unique and creative entries.

Honorable Mention Artistic category: Clotilde Zehnder
Artistic category Honorable Mention: Clotilde Zehnder
Artistic category Honorable Mention: "Tea Time with the Angels" by Steve Bryan
Artistic category Honorable Mention: “Tea Time with the Angels” by Steve Bryan

For the winner of the Artistic category, the judges selected Michele Wiler Kolbas’ gravity defying entry.  The judges liked the energy and joy that the photo communicated.  Congratulations, Michele!

WINNER in the Artistic category: Michele Wiler Kolbas
WINNER in the Artistic category: Michele Wiler Kolbas!

Humorous Category

In this more relaxed category, our entrants got really creative.  Honorable mentions go out to Marie Dunford and Clotilde Zehnder.  Both were able to capture light-hearted moments with children experiencing music.

Humorous category Honorable Mention: Marie Dunford
Humorous category Honorable Mention: Marie Dunford
Humorous category Honorable Mention: Clotilde Zehnder
Humorous category Honorable Mention: Clotilde Zehnder

Apparently, our judges are real pun-sters, because the winning entry in the Humorous category was titled “Violin for Dummies.”  Take a look at Cecille Gove’s silly submission.  Congratulations, Cecille!

WINNER in the Humorous category: "Violin for Dummies" by Cecille Gove
WINNER in the Humorous category: “Violin for Dummies” by Cecille Gove

GRAND PRIZE Winner!

Now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the Grand Prize WINNER.  This year, the judges were almost unanimous in their selection.  The grand prize of $200 store credit goes too Emrah Lekiq!  The judges really liked the composition and attitude of the photo.  Congratulations, Emrah!

Grand Prize WINNER: Emrah Lekiq
Grand Prize WINNER: Emrah Lekiq

Thank you so much to everyone that participated.  We really appreciated the enthusiasm of all the entrants.  If you weren’t one of the winners or weren’t able to participate, don’t worry!  We will be announcing the next contest soon.  Stay tuned to our blog and Facebook for details.

Face to Face with Liz from Kennedy Violins

Today, our ongoing “Face to Face” series introduces us to, perhaps, one of the most diversely gifted members of the Kennedy Violins team, Liz Lambson.

Liz poses with her bass, James.
Liz poses with her bass, James.

Liz Lambson: string bass player, artist, luthier, and writer–and somehow she plays all these roles at Kennedy Violins! She grew up in Colorado Springs, studied music and English at Brigham Young University, and moved to the Portland area about four years ago. Besides working at KV and freelancing as a classical bassist, Liz is also a mom of two little boys.

1. How long have you worked at Kennedy Violins?
Two years. Time flies!

2. What is your favorite thing about working at Kennedy Violins and why?
Working at Kennedy Violins in itself has been my favorite thing. By far, this has been the most fulfilling, rewarding, and enjoyable job I’ve ever had, and I constantly feel so blessed to work doing something I absolutely love. As a luthier and writer, I get to use my skills and knowledge as a musician in an artistic, creative way that is both fun and intellectually stimulating. Win, win!

I especially love working with my hands, which is why lutherie is such a great fit for me. I love the feel of sawdust and wood when I’m carving bridges and nuts and smoothing down fingerboards (click here to learn more about our professional set-up). I even enjoy washing my hands after work and seeing how much grime rinses off! There’s something strangely fulfilling about getting your hands dirty while getting up close and personal with these instruments. It’s like gardening, but we’re growing violins instead of snow peas or something.

Liz poses with the custom artwork she created just for us!
Liz poses with the custom artwork she created just for us!

3. What is your favorite instrument/product that Kennedy Violins carries and why?
That is a tough question. All the violins have different features worth loving. As one who works on the instruments, I have two favorites: the Ricard Bunnel G2 and G1 violins and the Anton Gerard violins. The Bunnels are fun because those are the ones I do the most finish work on, so each one is like a little craft project–and I am a die-hard sucker for crafts.

As far as the nicer violins go for more advanced players, I really love the Gerards because they are so, so beautiful with their tiger-flamed one-piece backs. The flame is just so stunning. And they sound great.

4. What is your favorite band/musician/composer?
While I love music by classic composers (especially Bach) and modern musicians (from jazz pianist Dave Brubeck to the folky Fleet Foxes to bust-a-move Beyoncé), my favorite and most meaningful musical experiences have been with musicians I know personally and with whom I’ve had the privilege to perform.

With that said, my favorite pop artist is Fresh Big Mouf, my favorite band is Fictionist, and my favorite composer is Christian Asplund. Each of these artists has been so influential when it comes to my own musical development and understanding of creativity.

5. If you didn’t play the bass, which instrument would you play?
I would play the bass. Which I do. I seriously think the bass is the best because 1) it’s so versatile and allows you to play any style of music (classical, jazz, rock, folk, etc.), 2) it’s so big it can beat up any other instrument, 3) it can serve as a boat in a flash flood situation, and 4) I play it, so you can trust me.

Liz (and James) at All-NW.
Liz (and James) at All-NW.

6. What are you looking forward to most in the upcoming year?
I’m actually moving to New York soon. (Don’t worry, I’ll still be working and writing remotely for KV!) I’m excited to check out the East coast music scene and meet new people.

7. What is something interesting that we don’t already know about you?
I’m half black and half Korean, which means I can make both family-recipe gumbo and family-recipe chajangmyeon (noodles with vegetables and black soybean paste).

8. What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t working at Kennedy Violins?
Eat French fries with my boys.

Face to Face with Travis from Kennedy Violins

This week, we will feature one of the newest additions to the KV team, Travis Chapman.

Travis is a freelance violinist based in Portland, OR who began playing the violin at the age of eight in the Portland public school string program. Recently, he has completed his Bachelor’s degree in music performance from Portland State University and has been completely engrossed in the Northwest music culture. Travis has a private studio where he teaches students, in addition to performing with various ensembles and orchestras in the area including the Vancouver Symphony, Portland Columbia Symphony, Classical Revolution, The Degenerate Art Ensemble, and the Contemporary Portland Orchestra Project.

Recently, Travis took some time to answer a few questions about his life and his time with Kennedy Violins.

Travis Blog1.  How long have you worked at Kennedy Violins?
This is my third month at Kennedy’s.

2. What is your favorite thing about working at Kennedy Violins and why?
I love the overall mission of the shop and the atmosphere that it creates.  Everyone that works here is extremely positive and motivated to providing the best possible instruments to those that have the desire to learn them.  Another benefit is that we all have so much fun doing it!

3. What is your favorite instrument/product that Kennedy Violins carries and why?
The Frank Lee violins are my personal favorite.  The overall sound is so warm and smooth, that it feels like you’re sitting in a hot tub while you play it.  I also love the Portland shoulder rest that we carry, which I began using after I started working here!

4. What is your favorite band/musician/composer?
I love so many composers, but I am a bigger fan of music with impressionistic and/or minimalistic qualities.  Some composers include Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Philip Glass, and Max Richter.  I love listening to music that paints a picture in my head, but not in a completely structured way.  I think that when the music is more free, it allows your imagination to be as well.

5. If you didn’t play the violin, which instrument would you play?
I actually do love being a violinist, but if I had to learn to play another instrument, I would pick the banjo.  I know, it seems kind of strange, but it’s always been a fantasy of mine!  I remember seeing Bela Fleck a couple of years ago at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, and ever since I have always had a desire to learn.

6. Which musician (alive or dead) do you wish you could play with?
Oh my gosh there are so many!  The first that comes to mind is Elvis Presley.

7. What are you looking forward to most in the upcoming year?
I’m looking forward to the shop’s showroom growing, improving, and becoming a place that people come to enjoy (click here to see our new showroom).  I’m also excited for all of the recitals that are scheduled to take place here.  Personally speaking, I’m looking forward to doing some traveling and to continue my musical education, meet new musicians, and make some music!

8. What is something interesting that we don’t already know about you?
I love to perform comedy in my spare time!  Shhhhh, it’s a secret.

9. What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t working at Kennedy Violins?
Whenever I’m not at Kennedy’s, I’m usually practicing or performing somewhere.  If that’s not happening, you’ll find me cooking in the kitchen, reading, or coming up with some new skits.  I also love going out and seeing live artistic performances, whether they are music related or not.

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Face to Face with Joel from Kennedy Violins

Today, we are continuing our “Face to Face” series by featuring the man, the myth, the legend: Joel Kennedy.

Joel is the Founder and President of Kennedy Violins.  He has played viola and violin for over thirty years. He attended the Eastman School of Music in New York, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in viola performance and completed graduate studies in education there as well. Joel has played professionally in orchestras all around the United States and has students attending top conservatories in the U.S. and abroad. He is currently a violist in the Portland Opera here in Portland, Oregon.

Recently, Joel took some time to answer a few questions about his life and his time with Kennedy Violins.

1. How long have you worked at Kennedy Violins?

I officially began Kennedy Violins December of 2000.  However, as a stringed teacher, I had been providing instruments to my students and friends for years before that.

2. What is your favorite thing about working at Kennedy Violins and why?

My favorite aspect of working at Kennedy Violins is having the opportunity to effect change.  As the person who is in charge of “steering the ship”, I am able to use the influence of Kennedy Violins in a positive way that not only affects the local market but the national one as well.  For a long time, I have seen how the stereotypical elitist nature of classical music has left many people in our culture out in the cold when it comes to having access to bowed stringed instruments.  Working at Kennedy Violins has served as a vehicle for changing this pervasive dynamic in our society.

Joel and one of his students.
Joel and one of his students.

3. What is your favorite instrument/product that Kennedy Violins carries and why?

This is a tough question because every brand we carry represents what we feel is the best instrument in that price range.  I’d have to say that the Ricard Bunnel is my favorite because its low cost gets the most kids involved in classical music.  It’s the best starting point, for a kid, if you’re new to a stringed instrument.

4. What is your favorite band/musician/composer?

My favorite composer is Shostakovich.  There are many composers music that I have enjoyed for many years but the depth and genius of Shostakovich gets to me every time.

5. If you didn’t play the viola, which instrument would you play?

If I could do it all over again, I’d choose the piano or the cello.  I think the cello has the most compelling singing voice of all the bowed stringed instruments and the piano is the complete vehicle in which to experience the full complexity of what a composer was able to create.

6. Which musician (alive or dead) do you wish you could play with?

I’d love to play with Beethoven.  I’d sit down at the piano with him and say “do we really NEED to put a repeat there?..”

7. What are you looking forward to most in the upcoming year?

As usual, it’s very exciting at Kennedy Violins currently because it is a time of great change.  With the revamping of our web site, the introduction of new workshop instruments, like David Yale (you can see these new violins by clicking here), and the new retail store in Vancouver, WA.  I can’t to see how it’ll all turns out in the coming year!

8. What is something interesting that we don’t already know about you?

Most people don’t know that I like to auto race.  I have two racing licenses.  One with the SCCA and the other is with the ICSCC.

Kennedy Violin's Racecar
Joel’s race car. Sponsored by Kennedy Violins, of course! 🙂

9. What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t working at Kennedy Violins?

I like to spend time with my wife and two girls and auto race.

Face to Face with Elizabeth from Kennedy Violins

We are all musicians and teachers here at Kennedy Violins, so when you call or come to the store, we are happy to talk with you about which instrument to buy or explain repairs to you and, we will gladly give you music lessons and host concerts, but we don’t often get to talk about much else.  Which is why we decided to start the Face to Face series on our blog.  This will give you a chance to better know each unique individual at Kennedy Violins.

Today, we will kick off the series with our most recent additions, Elizabeth Knopp!

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Elizabeth is a certified Suzuki teacher for violin books 1-10, viola 1-3. She plays first violin in the High Strung String Quartet, was Concertmaster for two years with the Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and has played with the Vancouver Symphony, and Willamette Falls Symphony.

Recently, Elizabeth took some time to tell us more about herself and her time here at Kennedy Violins.

1. How long have you worked at Kennedy Violins?

About two months! I first visited Kennedy Violins in March of 2013. I fell in love with the shop the minute I walked in.

2. What is your favorite thing about working at Kennedy Violins and why?

Trying all the different violins! I can’t believe it’s part of my job to play hundreds of violins and sell the best ones to our costumers.

3. What is your favorite instrument/product that Kennedy Violins carries and why?

The David Yale violins are excellent. The sound and ease of playing is superb! I also really like the Henner Violas. Such deep clear tones it brings a huge smile to my face.

4. What is your favorite band/musician/composer?

Mumford & Sons. Good music and stellar lyrics.

5. If you didn’t play the violin, which instrument would you play?

A lap harp! I took lessons for about six months on the harp and have never felt so close to heaven. I plan to play the harp once I retire and have more time to practice.

6. Which musician (alive or dead) do you wish you could play with?

Chris Thile…. He’s just so talented and handsome. Check out the “Goat Rodeo Sessions” on YouTube and you’ll see what I mean.

7. What are you looking forward to most in the upcoming year?

GETTING MARRIED!!! Friday, August 2nd is the big day!

8. What is something interesting that we don’t already know about you?

I’ve traveled to 14 countries: England, Netherlands, France, Romania, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, South Africa, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.

9. What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t working at Kennedy Violins?

Drinking coffee with my True Love, Jason.

We will feature one of our team members each week in our Face to Face series.  Check back next week to meet another team member of Kennedy Violins.

Making Music at M.I.T.C.H. Charter School

Every once in awhile, there is a collective sigh at Kennedy Violins when we hear of yet another school orchestra program being cut.  A few months ago, however, we were thrilled to get a call from Cami Galloway of the band, Virginia Real.  She was in need of violins to use for a workshop at a school that wanted to START a string program for their students.  We were thrilled to know that there were still schools out there that recognize the value of music. So, when Cami asked if we could provide the violins for the workshop, we didn’t have to think twice-of course we would!

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The members of Virginia Real

Over the next several weeks, we worked with Dee Grothe, the coordinating teacher for the workshop at M.I.T.C.H. Charter School.  There would be 78 students participating in the 3-Day workshop!  Wow!  She described how the hope was that the workshop with Cami would ignite an interest in the students and that an official strings class would begin in the fall.

Our team of luthiers worked for weeks to professionally set-up all the instruments that would be needed.  Then, a few days before the workshop started, our customer service team went to M.I.T.C.H. Charter School and sized each student so that they could have the proper violin and they got to take home their violins that day!  So, by the time the Cami and the Virginia Real band showed up, they students were eager and ready to go!

By all accounts, the workshop was a huge success!  By the end of the three day workshop, the students performed “Twinkle, Twinkle,” “Boil Them Cabbage Down,” and “Shortenin’ Bread.”  Many students expressed an interest wanting to continue and are going to get private lessons this summer!  According to Cami Galloway, “M.I.T.C.H. is truly showing innovation and the teachers, Dee Grothe, Dianne Wright and Kelly Shelton have corroborated together to help bring the band across the country to provide this opportunity for their students.”  We think that when school starts again in the Fall, M.I.T.C.H. Charter School will have no problem getting a string program up and running.

Students participating in the string workshop
Students participating in the string workshop

Cami Galloway and Virginia Real have done workshops like this across the country.  If you are interested in having them lead a workshop at your school or organization, you can contact them at varealband@gmail.com.

Kennedy Violins’ 3rd Annual Photo Contest

In just a few days, our 3rd annual photo contest will begin.  There are three categories for participants to enter: Performance, Artistic, and Humorous.  One winner will be chosen from each category receiving $50 in store credit.  A grand prize winner will be chosen, overall, receiving a $200 in store credit.  The winners will also be featured in the Kennedy Violins blog and monthly newsletter.  Click here to check out last year’s winners.

To enter, you may post the picture on our Facebook page or e-mail it to us at photocontest@kennedyviolins.com.  The Photo Contest Rules are listed below.  Feel free to e-mail or call us if you have any questions.

Happy Shooting and Good Luck!

2012 Kennedy Violins Photo Contest Winner
2012 Kennedy Violins Photo Contest Winner, Andrew Herrault.

Photo Contest Rules

Term:
Kennedy Violins, Inc. 3rd Annual Photo Contest begins June 1, 2013 and ends June 30, 2013, at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST). By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest.

Who may enter:
Any resident of the United States of America or Canada (participants under 18 must have additional waiver signed by a parent or guardian)—except for individuals affiliated with the Kennedy Violins, Inc., including employees, interns, volunteers, and their immediate families (children, siblings and spouses) and others living in their households—are eligible.  Kennedy Violins, Inc. will determine winners’ eligibility in its sole discretion.

What to enter:
The Photo Contest categories are drawn from those subjects of special interest to Kennedy Violins, Inc.

The three categories are:

Performance-the photo must feature a group or soloist performing or doing something connected to performance (i.e. tuning, warming up, etc.).

Artistic-The subject of the photo should be artistic while still featuring a stringed instrument.

Humorous-This category is for more light-hearted entries.

Cropped photos are eligible in all categories. We do not accept digitally or otherwise enhanced or altered photos. Minor adjustments, including spotting, dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast and slight color adjustment or the digital equivalents, are acceptable. If the judges determine that a photographer has altered his or her photo, they reserve the right to disqualify it.

For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must secure a model release from the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian and provide it to Kennedy Violins upon request.

Photographs that have won any other contests or have been published in magazines and newspapers are not eligible. We define winning as having won a grand prize or 1st place in a single category. Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright, are not eligible.

How to enter:
Please submit photographs through our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KennedyViolins or by e-mailing photocontest@kenendyviolins.com. We do not accept photographs submitted through the mail. Submit no more than three (3) photographs per category. We do not accept more than one contestant per e-mail address. You must indicate the category to submit your annual contest entry to the monthly competition.

High-quality scans of non-digital photographs are acceptable. Digital photographs should be taken at the highest resolution possible. Photographs must be in a .jpeg, .jpg or .gif format. Files submitted may not be larger than 2,048k (2Mb).

Kennedy Violins, Inc. reserves the right to disqualify incomplete entries and/or contestants who are unable to submit the correct format.

By entering the contest, entrants grant the Kennedy Violins, Inc. a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any educational, promotional, publicity, exhibition, archival, scholarly and all other standard Smithsonian purposes. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible.  Kennedy Violins, Inc. will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.

Entry deadline:
All entries must be received through the Kennedy Violins, Inc web site by 11:59PM Pacific Time on June 30, 2013.

Judging:
Judging of the annual contest will be conducted by a panel of experts selected by Kennedy Violins, Inc. Winning photographs will be announced on kennedyviolins.com in July 2013. Decisions of the judges will be final.

The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Kennedy Violins, Inc. reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion. Decisions of Kennedy Violins, Inc. will be final.

Prizes:

One grand prize winner and three honorable mention prize winners will be selected from all eligible entrants.

The grand prize winner will receive: $200 store credit

The 1st place prize winners in each category will receive: $50 store credit

Winners must sign a release and license and will be responsible for paying any taxes they may owe on a prize.

Music Theory Basics Part 4: Scale Degrees

This is the last installment of Music Theory Basics.  Why?  Well, beyond this you are getting into more intermediate and advanced concepts of music theory.  Even this entry is pushing the limits on what is “basic,” which is why I strongly recommend taking sometime to review the previous three entries before reading this one.

In Part 3 of Music Theory Basics, we discuss how our modern day musical scales developed from the musical modes used by the ancient Greeks.  For today’s purposes, here is a “textbook” definition.

  • Scale: a series of notes arranged, ascending or descending, by pitch.

Most scales are arranged in 8 notes (octave) and there are 7 different pitches within the modern musical scale of the Western world.  Each pitch serves a specific function and a name describing that function. Take a look and the scale degrees of a C major scale.Scale Degrees

  • Tonic: As the first scale degree, the tonic is the strongest tone within the scale and is the pitch that the melody and harmony center around.  Musical phrases usually end on the tonic.
  • Supertonic: The second scale degree which is on step above the tonic. This note is usually used as a passing tone to resolve to the tonic.
  • Mediant:  The third scale degree.  The mediant is halfway between the tonic and the dominant and is often used to harmonize either tone.
  • Subdominant: The fourth scale degree derives its name from being just below the fifth note (dominant) and being a fifth below the tonic.  It’s placement makes it a fairly strong note often leading to the dominant or tonic and sometimes it finishes a musical phrase on its own.
  • Dominant: The fifth note in the scale is the second strongest to the tonic.  In many cases, other notes will resolve to the dominant rather than the tonic and the end of a musical phrase.
  • Submediant: The sixth note of the scale is known as the submediant because it is halfway between the subdominant and tonic.  It’s function is similar to the mediant.
  • Leading Tone:  The last note on the way up to the tonic the leading tone creates the most dissonance and just begs to resolve to tonic.  A great way to torture musicians is to end a musical phrase with the leading tone.

By knowing the names and the roles each scale degree plays in the scale, we can better understand the relationship of melodies and harmonies which can aid in composition, improvisation, and analysis.  You no longer have to say, “I like that song, it sounds pretty.”  Instead, you can say, “It sounded like the composer was going to resolve to the subdominant, but instead he moved to the dominant and then resolved to the tonic.  That move created a little bit of tension, but not too much. I liked that.”  Impressive.

2013 Poetry Contest…WINNER Announced!

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This year, our entrants really brought their A-game!  It was difficult for the judges to come to a decision, but a winner has finally been announced!  The winner is Elizabeth Ryan and her poem “The Beauty of Music.”

A well worn case sits on a shelf, its surface framed with dust. Its leather covering is old, its handle and hinges rust.
In side this case such beauty lies, that’s yet to be untold. The beauty of an instrument, which such rare treasures hold.
The case is lifted gently up, and placed with loving hands. Upon a wooden table near, it finds a place to land.
Its lid is opened to reveal a wooden object there. A Violin, this treasure is, a treasure O so rare.
A small child picks it up, and plucks the strings to tune. A smile gently plays her lips, as fresh as a day in June.
The bow she takes and rosins it, to play her music fair. The Violin on her shoulder she places with such loving, tender, care.
Now, hark! a single string she plays, alive with beauty bright. A melody than slowly forms, it fills every heart with delight.
The music slowly fills the room, with fullness to behold. The melody’s a minuet, from the Great Masters of Old.
The music grows in rapid course, now slow, and now it’s fast. The scenes that dart before your eyes are years of long time past.
Now it’s spring time in the meadows, now it the warm, hot, summer, days. Now the leaves are falling gently, now a visit to winter is paid.
O, the glories of such music, O, the treasures it can hold. O, the joys the Lord has given us, O, such wonders to behold.
We should thank the Lord for music, and remember with each string, that even playing music, should glory to him bring.

The judges really liked her descriptive imagery.  Elizabeth has won our Premium Accessories Package.  Congratulations!

We are also pleased to announced two honorable mentions.  Cecille Lee Gove and her poem “It’s Music.”

What is beautiful and soothing to the ears,
A treasure that brings both laughter and tears.

It comes in all sizes, shapes, and sounds,
And has trillions of fans all around.

It’s high and low, flat and sharp,
And brightens even the dimmest heart.

It’s country, gospel, classical, and rock,
And something no living creature can mock.

It’s the piano, organ, piccolo, and flute,
Violin, viola, mandolin, and lute.

It’s the fiddle, banjo, guitar, and xylophone,
Oboe, clarinet, drums, and saxophone.

It’s bass, treble, soprano, and alto,
Whole, quarter, half, and eighth notes.

It’s better than bronze, silver, and gold,
And anything the ears can ever behold.

What’s the answer – do you know it ?
It’s God’s gift to us all – it’s music !

As well as, Paolo Ferrer and his haiku “Sound Post.”

A Breath. Bow meets strings.
The being’s essence expressed
Soul soars, woes fleeting

Thank you to everyone that participated!  Stay tuned to the blog and our Facebook page for news of upcoming contests.

Poetry Contest is Back!

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Last year, we asked our readers to submit a poem about how much you love music or playing music.  The outpouring of prose was lovely and we felt all warm and squishy despite the harsh Pacific Northwest winter weather we experience each year.  Well, the temperature is dropping and the need for poetic verse is rising, so we are bringing back the Poetry Contest for it’s second year!
The contest is simple.  All you have to do is post your poem to our Facebook page.  The poem can be a haiku, limerick, sonnet, ode, or any other form of poetry as long as the subject matter has to do with your love of music and/or playing music.  The winner will receive the Premium Package of accessories.
Participants may post up to 3 entries.  Please note that since the contest is present on Facebook, the terms and conditions for using Facebook will apply to all submissions.  Additionally, all entries must be an original work of the author that has not be previously published anywhere else.  Contest starts at 12:00 AM Pacific on February 1, 2013 and ends at 11:59 PM Pacific on February 14, 2013.
Please e-mail support@kennedyviolins.com or call us at 1.800.779.0242 if you have any questions about the contest.