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Key Changemaker: David Couch

Key Changemaker of the Month:
Highlighting Excellence in our Community

 

“Béla Bartók said of music, it ‘builds bridges, not walls.’ I really like that sentiment, and feel Key to Change is also about building connections in the community. I hope from my position as a teacher, a conductor, or a bass player, that I strive to build bridges, not walls.”

– David Couch, Kentridge High School Orchestra Director
(Pictured with his wife)

 

Our Key Changemaker of the Month is David Couch! David is the Orchestra Director at Kentridge High School. He studied double bass at the University of Texas in Austin, and played in the Austin Symphony before moving to Washington in 1980. He has subbed with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, and 5th Avenue Theatre, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. He also plays with the Auburn Symphony, and teaches orchestra to students grades 5-12 in Kent.

He says the level of musicianship has skyrocketed in the Pacific Northwest over the past 15 years and it’s a great place to be a musician! Thank you David for all the music you bring to our community!

 

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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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Quinton Morris and Friends in Recital

 You’re invited!

Come enjoy an afternoon of classical music performed by Key to Change Executive Director and Founder Dr. Quinton Morris and talented guest musicians! He will be joined by cellist and Key to Change Board Vice President Keith Thomas, pianist and Key to Change accompanist Joseph Williams, and Seattle Symphony french horn player Danielle Kuhlmann.

The concert will feature musical works by Beethoven, Brahms, Glière, and Still.

All proceeds from this special benefit concert will go toward Key to Change student scholarships. We can’t wait to see you there!

Tickets are $15 general admission and free for students.

The concert takes place at 2pm on Saturday, February 23, at the IKEA Performing Arts Center. Reserve your tickets here.

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Key Changemaker: Shelia Holiman

Key Changemaker of the Month:
Highlighting excellence in our community  


“Playing violin gives me a peace of mind and lots of joy. I love when I can perform for family, friends, and for an audience. Through Key to Change, I have grown as a musician and bettered by skills as an artist.”  –  Shelia Holiman, Key to Change Violin Student

–  Shelia Holiman, Key to Change Violin Student

Our Key Changemaker of the Month is our violin student Shelia Holiman! Shelia is in 10th grade at Kentridge High School. She attended Key to Change’s Five for Five – Learn to Thrive summer music camp last June and is now studying violin at our studio on scholarship. Dr. Morris describes Shelia as “a delightful person, who always comes to class with a smile and ready to learn. She also makes the best macaroni and cheese I’ve ever tasted!”

Thank you Shelia for the beautiful music you bring to our community!

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Building Community with Support from Capacity-Building Grants

 

Key to Change is proud to announce that we have been awarded grants from the Tulalip Tribes Council, Renton Arts Commission, Renton Regional Community Foundation Reeder Family Fund, and the MMS Giving Foundation. This generous funding will be used toward growing our studio and expanding our outreach to provide more opportunities for underserved students in South King County.

Key to Change is grateful for the support of these inspirational foundations. We share the same vision of strengthening our local communities, providing opportunities for our youth, and building a brighter future for the next generation. When we provide affordable access to to music and arts education, we help our youth cultivate critical skills that will serve them both within and beyond the classroom.

Thanks to the support of our community and organizations like the Tulalip Tribes Council, the Renton Arts Commission, and the MMS Giving Foundation, we are able to provide affordable violin and viola lessons, performance opportunities, master classes, leadership development, and more to underserved students in our region. Together, we empower the next generation through music.

For more information, please email info@keytochangestudio.org.

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Allied Arts Foundation Awards Two-Year Grant to Key to Change

Allied Arts Foundation Awards Two-Year Grant to Key to Change

 

January 22, 2019

Key to Change is thrilled to be the recipient of a two-year grant from the Allied Arts Foundation. This $4,000 grant will be used toward repairs and accessories for our Instrument Library of over 30 violins and violas. Providing free access to high-quality instruments is one of the key ways we remove financial barriers to studying classical music in South King County.

Since the 1950s, the Allied Arts Foundation has enlivened the cultural vitality of the Seattle area through arts funding.and sponsorship. Key to Change shares this same vision of empowering the broader community through affordable access to music education and performance.

“Allied Arts Foundation is proud to partner with Key to Change to provide opportunities for these talented students, many of whom reside in underserved areas. Far more than mere instruction, Key to Change’s winning format of exceptional music training as a conduit for instilling leadership skills and self-confidence is an outstanding model of community empowerment through the arts.

– Llewelyn G. Pritchard, Allied Arts Foundation President

Thanks to the support of our community and organizations like the Allied Arts Foundation, we are able to provide violin and viola lessons, scholarships, instruments, performance opportunities, and more to underserved students in our region. Together, we empower the next generation through music.

For more information, please email at info@keytochangestudio.org.

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Charlotte Martin Foundation Awards Capacity-Building Grant to Key to Change

Key to Change is honored to have been awarded a $10,000 capacity-building grant from the Charlotte Martin Foundation. This funding will be used toward scholarships for students in need, as well as a studio accompanist, sheet music, and instrument supplies.

Based in Seattle, the Charlotte Martin Foundation works to create opportunities for underserved youth to explore their passions and grow into well-rounded individuals through arts, athletics, and education. Key to Change shares this same vision of increasing access to music and arts education in our region and helping our youth cultivate critical skills that will serve them both within and beyond the classroom.

“The Charlotte Martin Foundation’s engagement with Key to Change will improve youth access to world-class music instruction, making this partnership vital to the success of music students in South King County.”

Micaela Pearson, Key to Change Board President

Thanks to the support of our community and organizations like the Charlotte Martin Foundation, we are able to provide affordable violin and viola lessons, performance opportunities, master classes, leadership development, and more to underserved students in our region. Together, we empower the next generation through music.

For more information, please email info@keytochangestudio.org.

 

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Social Media Marketing Internship Opening

Key to Change is a nonprofit violin studio dedicated to inspiring underserved youth through world-class music instruction. The Key to Change Social Media Marketing Internship is ideal for students who are interested in creating and implementing social media campaigns, building a diverse work portfolio, and gaining hands-on experience with an arts nonprofit.

The successful candidate will assist Key to Change with social media marketing efforts and publicity surrounding lesson registration, fundraisers, concerts, master classes, and other studio events. Responsibilities include planning and implementing marketing objectives across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This includes organizing social media campaigns, writing and creating multimedia content and distributing it across platforms, coordinating social media efforts with our marketing committee, and researching and pursuing methods to gain followers and increase engagement.

Position: Social Media Marketing Intern

Number of weekly hours:  Part-Time Temporary, 8-12 hours per week

Compensation: Paid upon completion of the term; students may arrange for course credit in place of payment

Brief Description of Responsibilities

  • Draft overarching social media strategy for the coming year
  • Plan and implement social media campaigns surrounding events and fundraisers
  • Create engaging multimedia content for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Write content across social media platforms
  • Attend, photograph, and post about Key to Change events such as concerts, master classes, and fundraisers
  • Highlight stories of Key to Change students, teachers, board, and community members through engaging social media content
  • Research and implement new methods to gain followers and increase engagement
  • Other projects as assigned

Qualifications

  • Student must have excellent knowledge of popular social media platforms
  • Student must have excellent writing and communication skills
  • Student must have excellent time management skills and be able to meet weekly deadlines
  • Student must have an interest in the arts
  • Student must maintain a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Student must have strong organizational skills
  • Student must have evening and weekend availability
  • Student must have a high school degree and be currently enrolled in college
  • Photography experience is preferred

If interested, please submit a cover letter, resume and three names of reference directly to Dr. Quinton Morris, Executive Director & Founder qmorris@keytochangestudio.org. Applications are due by Feb. 1, 2019.

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