“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline, and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.”

-Shinichi Suzuki

The String Quartet of the Montverde Academy Music Conservatory, performed for a Vogel ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the club-area of the beautiful Bella Collina Golf Course this past Wednesday, March 18, 2015. According to its official website, “Bella Collina is beyond compare. Handcrafted décor and authentic Tuscan design are in all the details, creating a beautiful and luxurious place for members to connect.” Ms. Lillian Green, Director of Instrumental Music, recently informed Montverde.org, “The quartet played beautifully, and represented the school well!” The Conservatory String Quartet was represented by: Mike Pan and Alex Williams, violin; Tavares Connelly-Candelario, viola; Frances Zhang, cello. The quartet performed a variety of classical selections, including J.S. Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” W.A. Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.”


In related MVA musical news, March is “Music in Our Schools Month,” a celebration that began thirty years ago and is now a nationwide observance of the impact that music education has on students. As part of the celebration, Mr. Aubrey Connolly has informed Montverde.org that “MVA has several concerts planned including a lower and middle school concert yesterday, and an Upper-school concert on Tuesday, March 24. There will be other impromptu musical happenings across campus over the next 20 days so keep your eyes and ears open.”