Jordan Chan

Key To Change Solo String Festival

The Key to Change Solo String Festival:

Creating Equal Opportunities for Young Musicians in South King County


Over the past two years, Key to Change has woven itself into the musical fabric of South King County, making world-class music instruction available and financially accessible to underserved students all throughout our region.

This year, we are taking that mission a step further with the launch of our Solo String Festival on April 13! This all-day event offers middle and high school students in our region a bigger stage, providing not only performance opportunities but also a chance to attend a college preparation workshop, meet professional musicians, and compete to win prizes.

The first of its kind in our region, the Solo String Festival gives young musicians the opportunity to perform in a supportive and community-centered environment. The event is designed specifically for string students in South King County, allowing participants to perform alongside other musicians of a similar age, background, and experience level. The festival also includes both competitive and non-competitive divisions, setting it apart from more exclusive classical music competitions in Seattle and Bellevue and allowing for a greater diversity of participants.

First place winners from the Junior and Senior Divisions will be awarded music scholarships for college and will perform live on the radio on Classical KING FM’s Northwest Focus LIVE program. Second and third place winners will receive a set of strings, an hour-long private lesson, and will be invited to perform at select Key to Change events. Our festival adjudicators are violinist Robert T. Murphy and cellist Jeremy Woolstenhulme, both respected string educators

Key to Change’s Solo String Festival is generously sponsored by Classical KING FM 98.1, the Live Music Project, 4Culture, and Seattle Chamber Music Society.

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Spring Salon Fundraiser

You’re invited!

Spring Salon Fundraiser

“The Spring Salon is one way to connect string students in South King County with the support of the community. The Spring Salon is an intimate gathering of friends and family, cheering on youth who are dedicating their time and talent to learning the violin.”

– Micaela Pearson, Key to Change Board President

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 2pm
Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art Gallery
1210 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
$100 Suggested Donation

We are thrilled to invite you to our annual Spring Salon Fundraiser at the beautiful Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art Gallery in Downtown Seattle! Join us for an afternoon of performances by current students, plus an opportunity to meet our board, staff, and other members of the local music community. Let’s work together to celebrate our students’ successes and pave the way for the next generation of young musicians in South King County.

Hosted by Vivian Phillips, arts consultant and Key to Change Advisory Board member.

Vivian is an independent arts consultant focusing primarily on projects that forward the work of artists, arts organizations, community arts, and cultural engagement.  Her work places an emphasis on achieving equitable outcomes for traditionally marginalized members of the arts community. Vivian also served as a director on the Quinton Morris short film BREAKTHROUGH, based on the life Chevalier de Saint-Georges.  She is a past chair of the Seattle Arts Commission and serves as a director on the KUOW and University of Washington Foundation boards.

Purchase tickets here.

Unable to attend but still interested in supporting music students in South King County? Click here to donate to our Scholarship Fund and make a difference for young musicians in our region.

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Key Changemaker: Alia Uffenorde

Key Changemaker of the Month:
Highlighting Excellence in our Community

“The violin is one of the hardest instruments in the world when you sit and think about it. If you can play the violin, you feel like you can really do anything.”
– Alia Uffenorde, Key to Change Violin Student

Our Key Changemaker of the Month is our violin student Alia Uffenorde! Alia began her musical studies by playing the piano, and a few years later discovered her love of the violin while taking an orchestra class at school. She now plays both instruments, and says that Dr. Morris has changed her idea of the phrase “Practice makes perfect” into “Perfect practice makes perfect.” Through master classes and other opportunities at Key to Change, Alia felt empowered to participate in additional ensembles like the Tacoma Youth Symphony.

Thank you Alia for all the music you bring to South King County!

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