from Parents, Classroom Teachers and Administrators
You've touched many lives and given them a lifelong gift of music and another way to express themselves. Thank you.
I am feeling a bit sad as this is Olín's last year. She will be going to Campbell Hall in the fall and we hope to continue violin there. Olin has grown so much under your guidance and caring professional program. I hope we stay in touch and should you ever need a "testimony" from very delighted parents well here we are. All the best and thank you for all your wonderful support over the years.
Dr. Janna Shadduck-Hernandez
Thanks again for a wonderful experience. I was so touched by all the beautiful music pieces. The girls were thrilled, as we were we all.
Thank you Larry for a lovely concert that was truly fantastic. The work that you and your colleagues put into the Children's Music Workshop and into Honors Orchestra is a lovely gift to all of the kids that are lucky enough to participate in those programs.
Tim and Alli Silvestre
Congratulations on a magnificent performance this past Saturday. It was amazing to hear your orchestra...they made beautiful music. We know of all the hard work from you, the teachers and the students and wanted to thank you for your efforts and your vision. Matthew enjoyed every minute and is a proud clarinetist. Please pass our gratitude onto Mandy, Jonathan, Greg, Jamelle, and Karen who all worked with Matthew in preparation for the big day.
Michele and Stuart Shanus
Thanks for all your wonderful work, Mr. Newman. You are the best - I am in awe of your contributions!
I wanted to express how impressed my family and I were with the concert and what you've been able to accomplish with children. It was a very moving and memorable day for us all. Trevor loved being a part of the orchestra and really grew as a musician this year, despite his broken thumb and cast.
Sorry I didn't get to you sooner, but I wanted to compliment you on the wonderful performance yesterday. It was fantastic! We were amazed at what you pulled off with those young musicians. The whole show was completely enjoyable. William LOVED the experience (he really loves Brenda as well) from start to finish, and told me he wants to do the orchestra every year .I think this was the best one yet!
Thank you so much for all you have given Shaun. Your program meant the world to him.
Yesterday's concert was tremendous ! It was a thrill to see the kids perform! Last year's performance was great but this year's was stupendous! It is really exciting to see the orchestra develop and to see the kids tackle more difficult music! Cheers to you and all our teachers!
Mick and Maryclaire Buchanan
You run such an amazing program. You have given Maya an individual identity and confidence she does not always have from being an identical twin. Debbie has also inspired an enthusiasm in her that has given her so much confidence.
The children are fantastic!! The teachers do an amazing job with
the children. Your work is nothing short of amazing. Next year,
we have to bring the grand parents and aunties to witness firsthand
how great the concert is. I'm sure they will be impressedl
As the parent of a new 2nd grade violinist, I want to thank you
for the amazing job you've done with these children. My daughter
Eva loves Mrs. Welch and loves her violin. To hear that calibre
of music coming from an elementary school orchestra was delightful.
I am a teacher at UCLA LAb school. I just wanted to let you know
how much I appreciate you and your staff. The work you do with
our students is phenomenal.
Thank you so much to you and your fabulous staff, my girls have
had a wonderful year and its just amazing to me what your team
have managed to do in such a short time every week.
I want to thank you for such a great music program. As I sat and
watched orchestra, I thought how amazing this experience
is for these kids. Whatever they do, wherever they go, music can
only make life better.
Thanks so much for all you did this year. Both Ben and Willa LOVED
playing with you, and are so excited about playing again next year.
Thank you for enriching our childrens' lives with wonderful music
classes! You have changed my son's life immensely!
Thank you Larry for everything that you do for these children.
. . We are so fortunate to be a part of such an amazing program
and when I hear David play and see how proud he is of himself,
I know that so much of that is you and your love of music.
Thank you so much for the amazing concert on Saturday. You are
truly amazing, organising that many children is no mean feat! Children's
Music Workshop is a blessing to us all.
I know I speak for all the parents when
I say that what you give the children is truly priceless.
Thank you for your musical leadership in last week's outstanding
performance. The memories will last a lifetime!
Karen and Steven Canup
Thank you for the wonderful music lessons. I enjoyed observing
last week for a few minutes. I have no idea how you can exercise
such patience and good humor with beginning recorder players, but
it is a wonderful introduction to music for Aaron.
Thank you so much! We cannot believe what was accomplished. We
appreciate your passion for music education. You are INCREDIBLE.
Nancy Oda, Principal, Maurice Sendak Elementary
Those kids did a great job. I was so proud
of them. Thanks
for everything that you have done for them and for Arts in Ed. We're
really lucky to have such an outstanding partner! You are the
Spike Dolomite-Ward, Director, Arts in
Education Aid Council, Inc.
Your concert was fantastic! I look forward to
watching our orchestra grow next year. You do know that I'm a conservatory
drop out, and every frustrated musician wants an orchestra!
Elizabeth Abramowitz, Principal, Fairburn
I want you to know that I am so thankful that
we are part of your outstanding musical program. The UCLA concert
was absolutely outstanding. I look forward to another great year
and to many more students involved in your music program.
Sister Stella, Head of School, St. Paul
the Apostle School
The children did a great job, didn't they? They didn't seem nervous or shy,
either. Thank you, Larry and Brenda, for having this program. It is so good
Lynn Perske, Principal, Jefferson Elementary
Great job Larry, Desiree and Dave! The music program
is terrific and the concert was wonderful. It truly takes a village
to make it so! Thank you for helping bring back our orchestra and
making it so successful! Horray!
Laurie Wolke, Head of School, Laurence
Everything was outstanding.
Donna Elder, Principal, Seeds University
Elementary School at UCLA
We did a survey of the music program - we do one for all of our
after school programs - and I have to tell you that everyone
gave it the highest ratings! They absolutely love Desiree’ and
feel it was a terrific year. I will compile the comments together
for you, but just wanted to let you know!
Thanks for a great year!
Maribeth Gillespie, PTA Officer, Helmers
Thank you Desiree'. You are an amazing lady with incredible patience
and talent. Thank you for all you did for our kids! The concert
Your program is magic. I can't wait to have Sophia rejoin in the
Thank you for all your hard work and kind attention to my daughter
and every other student you had. Their love for you was obvious
at the concert. Thank you again.
I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that my son
Max is LOVING music. It has been such a delight to see him come
home and practice, practice without me ever having to ask him (and
believe me that does not happen with his homework). Tonight I
literally had to drag him off his instrument to get him to go to
bed. So, thank you for bringing music into his world!
and high standard of your program is evident in the professionalism
and attitude shown by your students. You are one of the hardest
working people I know, and you deserve all of the praise that
comes your way.
Thank you. It's done beautifully and so was your whole orchestra performance.
I was a piano player for years, taking lessons from private instructors
in NY and LA, and don't think I ever reached the level that you
bring your students to. Not only are these kids learning
to play music, but the opportunity to play at UCLA is such a confidence
builder, you have no idea. I sat there with my parents, watching
them beam at their granddaughter. I had tears in my eyes
and found myself singing the Pink Panther Theme for days. Sharing
my enthusiasm is the least
I can do, as I think your program is amazing.
We just wanted to congratulate you on successfully
completing all of your music shows. They were all a great success
and could not of gone any better. Thank you so much for your
hard work and extreme dedication to all of the kids, we really
appreciate it. We look forward to working with you in future
shows and wish you the best.
Sal, Maggie & Alyssa LaPardo
Thank you very much for all of your patience and hard work throughout
the year. Thank you too, for the wonderful Spring Concert last
night. Everyone did a fantastic job. I really enjoyed it very much!
Rene (Denise's mom)
Thank you for a great year.
Thanks again for a wonderful orchestra season. Izzy had
a great time. Violin is a big deal to her, and this was really
a great treat for her. She just got a book with Vivaldi pieces,
so this summer we'll be hearing the 4 Seasons, I think.
Thank you for this wonderful program. Our son, Eric, learned so
much under Mandy's instruction playing the clarinet this year .He
is now teaching himself to play piano also. He has always loved
music and this program has now made it less of a mystery. He recognizes
We are blessed to have such a dedicated and talented teacher as
you in our community. Bravo!
I just wanted to say how awesome the performance was and how amazing
that the kids could play so well by just starting from October. It
goes to show what great teachers you are.
Firstly I would like to thank you and Strings teacher Debbie for introducing
the joys of the violin to our son. He was reluctant at first but he
tells us it is one of his favorite after-school subjects, next to Karate.
I would like him to continue his classes during his summer holiday
in England and would like to know what size violin you suggest I get
for him. He is six and a half years old.
Marie de la Fuente-Carver
Thank you for the wonderful ues concert. The performances and
the music were touching as well as beautiful.
Thank You! for putting this beautiful concert together. My son
Alex certainly enjoyed it a lot as much as he enjoys the weekly
Thank you for such a wonderful concert experience. It was
Thank you so much for doing this! The event was so worthwhile
and the children gain so much from participating in the program
and then gaining the confidence to stand up and play in front of
an audience. Wonderful. I very much appreciate it all.
We just finished a wonderful school teacher with Miss Brenda at
Edison and my son Mark (he is currently in 4th grade) was asking
me about possibly taking private trumpet lessons over the summer
(thanks to Miss Brenda's wonderful teaching - he loves playing
and misses the lessons! I really think it was the concert
though that put him over the edge for being hooked!)
Allsman, Edison Elementary
Riley may not be making beautiful music yet (she is still thrilled
when she makes the right sound), but she sure loves it! At this
point, that is my goal. Thanks for all your hard work.
Thank you again for all you do with the music program at Carlthorp. My
daughter, Emmie, really enjoyed learning from you and your lovely
What a treat tonight. We really enjoyed and Rachele was
beaming! Thank you,
and Karin Aurino
Thanks for another great year of CMW. Jonathan enjoys your program. As
he progresses we can't wait to attend another Honor's Orchestra. See
you next season!
Thanks for a great concert at UCLA!
I was so impressed with the Honors Orchestra concert and it was
a great experience for Michael!
This was our first year in the program and Grant and I felt it
was a wonderful introduction for Sam to the wonderful world of
playing a musical instrument. We will definitely enroll again
next year!!!! Many thanks!
Thank you and all the teachers for a great work. My son has learned
so much. At the beginning, he couldn't even blow well, but now
he can play songs. He and the family really enjoyed the concert
not to mention all the practices we had to listen at home :-) My
son will be back next year. Thank you very much.
Thank you for another year of music at Marquez...it has
enriched Annie's life and we appreciate your dedication.
Thank you for a wonderful music program!
You've done a GREAT job! Louie has really enjoys the trumpet
thanks to you. I would like to give him private lessons now. Can
you recommend a teacher?
Great performance on Thursday. I'm in AWE with what you can do with
these kids! You are a gift to our community, and your son Tyler is
a nice and brilliant kid, following in dad's footsteps. You are a great
role model. The girls have enjoyed being in class with him over the
Thanks Mr Newman for your wonderful program. Christopher
loves the trumpet and looks forward to continuing. As usual,
the concert was a delight. Thanks!!
I was again blown away by the high caliber of those elementary
school musicians at the Honor Orchestra Performance at UCLA this
past weekend. Thank you so much for your hard work
and dedication to your students. It is nice know that
programs like yours exist for kids who can participate in an orchestra
setting at such a young age.
Thank you again for a wonderful concert. It was truly moving
to see all those young musicians. I would like to order a
DVD of the concert. Please reserve one for me.
Thanks to you for all your work. It was a wonderful and impressive
We thought the whole concert was the best yet. Thanks again!@
The only thing left out was that no one formerly thanked you for
all you've done with our children and music. Thanks so much. Charlie
will be back again in the fall for violin - and maybe we'll even
have Clare, our 7 year old join too (she's been playing violin
for 2 years). Hope to see you soon. The Coopers
Thank you for providing the children with such a fabulous musical
experience, from the instruction, up through the phenomenal Honors
Orchestra performance at Schoenberg Hall on Saturday. To
think that two years ago, Samantha was unable to read music, and
had never so much as picked up a violin. Your program is
a testament to just what is possible. Both of my girls look forward
to next year.
Great show! The best one. Kids sounded like a professional
We wanted to thank you again for giving Clara the opportunity
to play with the orchestra and solo in Schoenberg. She very much
enjoyed the experience!
Lysy, Professor of Music,
Thank you so much for including Charlie in the Honors Orchestra. He
has not stopped humming tunes from the show and announced to us
he wants to be in the jazz band next year. Thank you for
your inspiration and dedication to the kids. I wanted to
stand up and thank both Friday night and Saturday, but things were
a little formal for that...please know your dedication does
not go without notice. We look forward to next year.
The concert was phenomenal! I cannot express how happy and proud
we were of the children, and of our son Benny, as they made beautiful
music together on that stage under your supreme direction. I
think what they came up with was unexpectedly mature and moving for
children their tender ages. The violin soloist was tremendous. The
jazz piece was terrific. We took our parents to see their grandson,
and they were all amazed. My mother said the music brought tears
to her eyes. Thank you again for all your hard work and generosity
with the children. Your program truly changes their lives
for good. With
great admiration and appreciation,
Let me thank you many times over for giving children a chance
like this to be part of such a wonderful program. Imagine
- getting to play in an orchestra with children from all over the
Los Angeles area! We were so impressed at how you were able
to pull the best efforts from these children to culminate in something
so professional and enjoyable to all. You have just started
a life-long love-affair with music for our daughter, Liana (she
even took her flute with her when we went on vacation to Maui for
Spring Break!). Thank you for all your (and Mandy's) efforts.
I would have to agree that the performance was spectacular this
year! I loved that you had one of the kids do the vocal part
and that violinist was spectacular! I personally enjoyed
when Tyler did the solo part at the Marquez performance - what
a stellar job he did.
We enjoyed the concert very much. Thank you for the wonderful experience.
I just realized that I forgot to order a CD when I ordered the VHS
tape earlier. Please reserve a copy of the concert CD for our family.
I'll send in a check of $17 payable to James & James Sound Redorders
today. Thank you.
We also want to congratulate you of an extremely successful concert. This
is the first year our son, Austin, has the honor to be invited
to this orchestra. We really would like to thank you for
this opportunity. It
was such a marvelous experience. Austin has also asked if it is possible
for him to continue advanced sax next year as well as taking beginning
violin at the same school year. Thank you and your wonderful staff
for teaching our children!
We enjoyed the concert very much.Thank you for all the effort that
was put in creating this wonderful musical experience.
Leah and Igal
for a fabulous experience.
Rosario Herrera Sindel
Thank you for a wonderful performance and experience for kids. Niclas
(Fairburn) was so excited to be part of the orchestra and felt very
proud. It was a great event and you have some wonderful talent within
the group! Thanks again, that was really wonderful,
The children sounded amazing today! Congratulations! They
sounded very impressive.
Congratulations!! The concert was fabulous! They sound
better every year! I guess all those sunday rehearsals paid
off! Thank you for putting so much time and effort into this
event. It is such a valuable experience for these children,
and so rewarding for their proud parents! (Clara was
did you find her? Nina is inspired by
her!) See you on March 25th for Lanai's school concert.
Mary Beth Romo
so impressed by the Orchestra performance today. I can't wait
for the CD and Video to show it to everyone. Thank you for all
you do for our children. It means so much. Thank you
again, you are fabulous.
This is such a wonderful program. Will you be doing anything
in the summer ?
Lucy A. Alarid
Thank you for your constant attention to detail & communication
with the parents. I appreciate it!
Molly, Heschel School Administrative Staff
Thanks for the wonderful evening of music
at Fairburn last night.
Congratulations, Larry, on receiving the Lori Petrick Educator
Award! That is wonderful,
and so well deserved.
Brad Zacuto, Head of School, Westside Neighborhood School
Congratulations on your teacher's award. We are very proud of
Congratulations on the teaching award! It looks as though
the pinnacle of your career keeps getting higher and higher. We’re
all very proud to have you at Overland.
Congratulations on the award!!!!! No matter
what happens, you are a winner in the eyes of all the students
you touch through music. Thanks for all your hard work
Daniel loves music so much, he never complains about
practicing, (and that is so much due to you and all the amazing
teachers, because he's always been musical, but you made sure it
stayed rich and challenging for him) anyway, he now is practicing
over an hour a day, everyday, with no breaks, and I give you my
word of honor, I did not suggest it. And he practices piano as
well. So, thank you again. It's magic for someone like myself who
is "musically impaired".
We are very sad that this will be Jacqueline's last year with the orchestra
program at Overland as she will be moving on to the middle school. She
has been in the orchestra program for three years since the beginning
and receives great benefit from your program. You bring great music
to her life that will be a lifelong enjoyment. Thank you for
all the hard work.
Suh Chen Hsiao
I just wanted to pass along a big thank
you for the years of assistance to Wallis and her classmates and
Community School. We'll see where Wallis goes with the violin:
it's been a great introduction to music theory and listening and
she's now moving toward an interest in voice! (Martha has allowed
her to sing as Nancy in the school play, Oliver!)I hope you continue
to be involved in the program at Community: it's been a real treat.
Thankyou for the great music program!
Thank you. You have been so responsive and helpful.
Our son Benny found out this afternoon that he was a winner in
the LACESMA music scholarship program, auditions for which were
held at LA Valley College, the day we saw you there. We wanted
to thank you for all your support and mentorship of Benny thus
far, and to let you know that his involvement in music has been
probably the high point of his life. He loves music and playing
clarinet. He loves studying privately with Mandy Fey, who has
also been an unbelievably wonderful influence on Benny. The whole
experience has been positive and nurturing. To top it off, he
has won a scholarship. I believe this experience has made him
feel very very good about himself and his investment in music. Just
thought you'd like to know what a wonderful, positive impact you have
on our kids' lives. Thank you again for everything, and we look forward
to continued work together in the future.
Celia and Bob (and Benny, of course) deMayo
I received the award letters today from the competition today
and both Avery and Alexzandra won! Avery doesn’t know yet,
because she is on a field trip for a few days, but Alexzandra is
thrilled. Thank you so much for you caring and support. CMWS has
had a big effect on the girls. They could never have done it without
you and your wonderful program.
You probably already know, but just in case
you don't, Nina just received a letter saying that she has been
chosen as a winner of the LACESMA scholarship! She is over
the moon! Thank you for all your support and encouragement!
Dear Ms.Abramowitz (Principal at Fairburn Ave. Elementary)!
I have to express my deep satisfaction with music programm for kids.
It is very impressive how in such a short period of time kids learned
to play music. My son, Daniel, loves his lessons very much, and,
as former piano player myself, I believe that they are doing terrific
job. Dave is absolutely wonderful and my son loves him. It is absolutely
unbelievable how fast my son learned to play. My entire family is
impressed with my son progress.
Dr. Julia Baum
Kayla just told me that Dr. Moren announced over the speakers
about the fact that the 4 Kenter students auditioned and finished in
the top. Thank you so much for giving this info so quickly to Dr.
kids were so proud, and the other children really cheered them on for this. You're
always one step ahead with everything. I still don't know
how you do it with over a dozen schools to deal with. I think
you need to teach a class in being organized and timely, (actually
ahead of the time!!) Thank you again for everything that you do for
Many thanks to you for all the encouragement and enthusiasm you
give to each child. It's great to see so many of your students
try out. You
have inspired my son(s) to excel in music, and it looks like many others. It
truly amazes me to hear how they grow throughout the year. Thanks!!!!!!!
Thank you very much for allowing Jacqueline to participate in today's
audition. She was very nervous and afraid that she disappointed
me. I apologized for not checking in with you at the beginning
of the audition. We were running lat getting there (got
lost a little bite) and took a few minutes to settle down when we arrived.
Our sincere appreciation for all the wonderful music that you brought
to our home.
Suh Chen Hsiao, Jacqueline Lin's mom
Thank you for a terrific music program. You are a special person
to bring such creativity and talent from our children. Thank you!
Lisa Fiore, Seeds UES
Thanks for all your help, patience and kindness.
Thanks you the information and keeping parents informed. My
daughters Mary and Elizabeth are thoroughly enjoying their first
year of violin. I can't believe how far they've come, and
that's a credit to you and your excellent instructors.
Thank you so much it really warms my heart that so many are interested
in the art and making sure that the children get to participate
and that you all provide this to them!! Look forward to the concert!
It's Alicia Jazmin's mom, thank you sooo much for what you are
doing with her, she loves music, but most of all she loves
to be part of your group. Thanks for being part of her life's
Thanks for the info. on the music program. Joshua Walley will
definitely participate in the program again - he's looking forward
to it. We are so pleased with the program. Also, the website
Thank you so much for providing this experience for our children. 8
months or so ago when my athletic, high spirited boy came
home and asked me if he could take violin I actually heard
myself say "Violin? Really? Are you kidding?" (how
encouraging can you get?) and he was whole heartedly interested
and replied "yeah mom, it's cool!" (This
was thanks to your talented son's performance I'm certain!). Little
did I expect how important it would become to him. I have
been so proud of his focus (when he practices - which wasn't as
often as I wanted, but he never complained about having to
practice a couple of times a week) and he too was proud
of his efforts - this was apparent at the youth concert the
other evening which was so impressive; ALL the children in fact impressed
When the concert was over and Liam was walking away from the party
I reminded him to give back his violin to Miss Debbie. He
looked at me then put the case down, opened it and played
his little half-size violin one last time (Twinkle Twinkle
of course!) and looked a little somber. I said, "don't
worry honey. We're going to take private lessons over the
summer, remember? " "I know mom. Bye
little violin..." and he put it back in it's case. I
truly never would have guessed Liam would have these feelings. I
remember telling a friend that we would probably only last
a month or so in violin class. Oh ye (me!) of little
So thank you again for this wonderful early experience for Liam. My
daughter Olivia (who will be in Kindergarten next year) wants
to play flute and violin now and I haven't said one single
un encouraging word about it!
Julie Graham Zeidenl
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