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2016 Instrument Scholarship Essay Contest

The Kennedy Violins 2016 Instrument Scholarship Essay Contest is an exciting opportunity for us to reward dedicated violin and viola students in Oregon and Washington states with the gift of a free violin or viola! Each contestant may enter by submitting a two-page, double-spaced essay exploring the following question:

What skills do learning an instrument help you develop for your future, and who or what inspires you to keep playing? Poster Image details below

Who can apply?

The essay contest welcomes single entries (one essay per student) from elementary, middle, and high school viola and violin students in Oregon and Washington States. Spread the word, and invite your students, friends, and children to enter!

When do I apply? 

Please submit entries by June 1st, 2016. By submitting you are confirming that all written material is original, and granting Kennedy Violins permission to print and/or publish winning essays.

What if I need a fractional instrument?

Size trade-ins are available for growing musicians!

How do I enter?   

Please submit the following information by email to vanessa@kennedyviolins.com or mail to

Vanessa Moss ImageATTN: Vanessa Moss

Kennedy Violins Essay Contest

508 SE 117th Ave

Vancouver, WA 98683

  • Name
  • Age
  • Grade
  • School
  • Instrument size
  • Name of teacher (private and public, if applicable)
  • And of course, the essay!

Questions? Contact us at 1-800-779-0242. We look forward to hearing from you!

It’s Coming…5th Annual Photo Contest!

Photo by Michele Wiler Kolbas
3rd Annual Photo Contest Artistic Winner, Michele Wiler Kolbas

Get Ready!  Our Annual photo contest has been a favorite of KV staff and fans for several years.  We are so excited to start it up again!

Theme: Musical Bucket List

While working at Kennedy Violins, we don’t just have the opportunity to provide our customers with the instrument that is best suited for their needs, we also have the privilege of helping many people start a new musical journey.  As well as, accomplishing long held personal goals.  This year, we’d love to see photos portraying how playing a stringed instrument has allowed you to mark things off of your “Bucket List.”  What have you learned?  Where has it taken you?  What do you hope to accomplish in the future?

The contest kicks off at 12:00 am PST on August 24th and ends at  11:59pm PST September 30th.   From our entries, three winners will be selected.  A second runner up will receive  $5in store credit,  the first runner up will receive  $100 in store credit, and a grand prize winner will receive a $200 in store credit.  The winners will also be featured in the Kennedy Violins blog and monthly newsletter.

Entering the contest is super easy!  There are two ways.

1.) Post the photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #musicalbucketlist and tagging Kennedy Violins. *Important:  the picture must be public for us to see it and include it in the contest.* 

2.) E-mail us at photocontest@kennedyviolins.com.  Please include the full name and contact information of the photographer.

The Official Photo Contest Rules are listed below.  Feel free to e-mail or call us if you have any questions.

Brent Jacobson's Winning Photo.
4th Annual Photo Contest Winner, Brent Jacobson

Photo Contest Rules

Term: 
Kennedy Violins, Inc. 5th Annual Photo Contest begins at 12:00 am PST on August 24th and ends 11:59pm PST September 30th. 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—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 theme of the 5th Annual Photo Contest is “Musical Bucket List”  The content of the photo must be linked to the theme.

How to enter:
Please submit photographs through our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KennedyViolins, Twitter, or on Instagram.  Any entry must tag Kennedy Violins in the photo and contain the hashtag #musicalbucketlist to be valid.  All entries submitted through social media must adhere to the rules of each individual platform.  Any entry submitted through e-mail must include the photographer’s name and contact information.  No entries sent through mail will be accepted.

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.

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

Entry deadline: 
All entries must be received through the Kennedy Violins, Inc web site by 11:59PM Pacific Time on September 30th, 2015.

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 social media and Kennedy Violins’ blog in October 2015. 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:

Three prizes will be awarded and will be selected from all eligible entrants.

The grand prize winner will receive: $200 store credit.

The first runner-up will receive: $100 store credit.

The second runner-up will receive: $50 store credit.

Final Disclaimer:

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 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.

WINNER ANNOUNCED! Kennedy Violins’ 4th Annual Photo Contest

About 6 weeks ago, we announced our 4th Annual Photo Contest.  This year, we made a couple of changes to the format of the contest by using social media as a platform for the contest and the hashtag #orchestralife.  We also added a challenge.  If our Facebook page reached 1,000  likes by the end of the contest, the prize would be doubled!

Well, the entries were collected and the contest closed on September 30th.  Our judges have reached a decision and the grand prize winner is…DRUMROLL…Brent Jacobson!  Check out his winning photograph below:

Brent Jacobson's Winning Photo.
Brent Jacobson’s Winning Photo.

Congrats Brent!

We also want to thank everyone that participated in the contest this year.  Every year we have the photo contest, we are so pleased to see each and every entry.

If you didn’t win, don’t fret!  More contests will be announced in the future!  If you want to see more entries from our 4th Annual Photo Contest, simply check out #orchestralife on Twitter and Facebook.

 

 

Photo Contest is BACK!

And, it’s better than ever!

For our 4th annual photo contest, we wanted to shake things up a bit.

This year, we have one theme:  Orchestra Life.  Yep, whether you are a beginner in a school program or a professional in a symphony, it’s time to knuckle down and practice, practice, practice.  We want to see what orchestra life looks like to you.

The contest kicks off at 12:00 am PST on August 25th and ends at  11:59pm PST September 30th.   Three winners will be selected.  A second runner up will receive  $10 in store credit,  the first runner up will receive  $50 in store credit, and a grand prize winner will receive a $100 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.

There’s a twist though!  If our Facebook page makes it to 1,000 likes, we will DOUBLE the prizes awarded to the winners.  That’s right, the second runner up will receive  $20 in store credit,  the first runner up will receive  $100 in store credit, and a grand prize winner will receive a $200 in store credit. $200!!!

We’ve also changed how to enter.  Entries may be posted on our Facebook page or through Instagram.  Entries must tag Kennedy Violins in the photo and use the hashtag #orchestralife.

The Official Photo Contest Rules are listed below.  Feel free to e-mail or call us if you have any questions.

The 2013 Photo Contest Winner, Emrah Lekiq
The 2013 Photo Contest Winner, Emrah Lekiq

Photo Contest Rules

Term: 
Kennedy Violins, Inc. 4th Annual Photo Contest begins at 12:00 am PST on August 25th and ends 11:59pm PST September 30th. 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—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 theme of the 4th Annual Photo Contest is “Orchestra Life.”  The content of the photo must be linked to the theme.

How to enter:
Please submit photographs through our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KennedyViolins or on Instagram.  Any entry must tag Kennedy Violins in the photo and contain the hashtag #orchestralife to be valid.  We do not accept photographs submitted through the mail or through e-mail.

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 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 October 2014. 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:

Three prizes will be awarded and will be selected from all eligible entrants.

The grand prize winner will receive: $100 store credit.

The first runner-up will receive: $50 store credit.

The second runner-up will receive: $20 store credit.

In the event that Kennedy Violins Facebook page receives 1500 likes by the end of the contest, the prizes will double in value.

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

The 2014 Poetry Contest Winners!

We are excited to announce the results of Kennedy Violins‘ 2014 Poetry Contest! As always, it was very difficult to judge with such fantastic entries. Thank you to all the magnificent poets who submitted their work this year!

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THE 2014 POETRY CONTEST WINNER

So without further ado, CONGRATULATIONS winner Caroline Castleton for her beautifully crafted entry! Caroline will receive Kennedy Violins’ Premium Accessory Package as the grand prize!

We shall keep playing!
We shall keep playing, for poor souls bulge,
too swollen for inarticulate frames.
Great organizers of sound consigned to us
St. Matthews, Violettas, Tills–a host of names.
We bring blood and breath;
They pull stoppers from welled-up humanity.
We shall keep playing,
and give utterance to our sensibilities.
As Bach made life, Beethoven storm,
Berg a scream, Debussy a sigh,
We, then, shall keep playing, you and I.

– Caroline Castleton

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Three honorable mentions will receive awards (and tuners as prizes!) this year as the judges could not settle on just two. Congratulations to Veeresh Taranalli, Rachel Richardson, and Liza Lehmkuhl Walters!

Life is but a set of strings to be pulled,
To make a song as best as we could,
Touch the hearts of one and all it should,
Then gift a memory to life, we would.

– Veeresh Taranall

________________________________________

“Is that a guitar?”
Or “Should have played piccolo.”
To such I say, “No.”

-Rachel Richardson

________________________________________

I grew up believing my large hands and long fingers were a curse–until your neck was cradled in my palm.

I felt like such an oddball with my used station wagon–but it was important for you to travel safely

I carried you on my shoulder, against my chest and hip, over long distances, in heels, and responded to stares and questions with a breezy “sometimes it’s awkward, but you get used to it”–you were my responsibility.

And then college came and we spent less time together. Cross country moves, weddings, births, and now you have a corner in a spare room.

I remember how I felt you rumble in my belly and quiver in my hands and how my fingers arched and flexed as they traced the length of you.

You beautiful girl.

You beautiful bass.

– Liza Lehmkuhl Walters

STAY TUNED

Thanks again to all who entered — we can’t wait to see what you enter next year! Stay tuned to the blog and follow Kennedy Violins on Facebook page for news of upcoming contests including our annual photo contest!

Enter Kennedy Violins’ Annual Poetry Contest!

PoetryContestHeader‘Tis the season for expressions of love! In celebration of Valentine’s Day, why not write a poem dedicated to the true love of your life that will

                  never let you down,

                  always be there for you,

                  embody how you feel,

                  warm your heart,

                  and last forever.

That’s right: MUSIC!

THE DETAILS

  • WHO: You and your haiku, limerick, sonnet, ode, or other form of verse in any length.  (Up to three entries per poet.)
  • WHAT: A poem about MUSIC — how much you love to play, listen, or experience.
  • WHERE: Post it on KENNEDY VIOLINS FACEBOOK PAGE (and “like” us while you’re at it!)
  • WHEN: Submit between 12:00am PST on February 1, 2014  and 11:59pm PST on February 14, 2014.
  • WHY: Because we love music, and we love YOU. Period. Oh, and you could win the grand prize —a free Premium Package of accessories!
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read last year’s winning poem!

*NOTE: Because entries are submitted through Facebook, Facebook terms and conditions apply to all submissions. Additionally, all poetry must be the original work of the author never previously published online or in print. May the muse be with you!

(Rose & Sheet Music photo by Summers Skye Photography)

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.

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.

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.