Stringendo: Music in Hudson Valley (Aired on Dec. 27, 2014)
Jonah Triebwasser and RadioRotary Producer Kathy Kruger interview Gabriella Fryer, Executive Director of Stringendo, a nonprofit music education and performance program for youth in the Hudson Valley. Stringendo allows elementary and high-school students to play in six different orchestras, depending on skill level, and four different fiddler groups. The all-violin ensembles are knows as the Strawberry Hill Fiddlers, while the six Stringendo Orchestras have music-associated names ranging from “Prelude” for the beginners to “Vivace” for the most skilled. The “Vivace” orchestra has won many awards, most notably the 2009 Grand Champion of the National String Orchestra Festival. In addition to the orchestras and fiddlers, Stringendo offers Summer Strings, a day camp where children from 3rd through 10th grades learn fiddle tunes by ear as well as participating in traditional camp activities.