October 2 Fellowship Seminar

Please join us for our first Fellowship Program seminar of the 13th season!

Dr. Dennie
Palmer Wolf
, who designed and led a participatory evaluation about CMW's educational
programs over the past 18 months, will be sharing her methodologies and

RSVP to Minna (mchoi [at] if you would like to come
participate in the conversation. Bring your own lunch; light snacks and
refreshments will be provided.

Friday, October 2, 2009


Community MusicWorks office (3rd Floor space)

Student promotional film

Don Tarallo, CMW's graphic design consultant since 2003, asked two students in his summer class at Bridgewater State College to create a brief promotional video for Community MusicWorks. Here's their most recent draft, posted on Don's website. 

Video created by Chantel Betterton and Jessica Luiz-Brazil. Thanks for your efforts!

Welcoming our new Fellows

Community MusicWorks warmly welcomes violinists Carole Bestvater and Aaron McFarlane to Providence to participate in our two-year Fellowship Program for professional musicians.

Carole recently graduated from Brandon University (Manitoba, Canada) with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance.


How did Carole learn about CMW? "A magazine article! A family friend sent an article from The Christian Science Monitor with a post-it note attached reading 'I think this is something Carole would be interested in!' After I read the article about CMW in the West End of Providence, I was so excited about this kind of music, this kind of community! I knew I wanted to be involved in any way possible. I kept my eyes open for things in Canada that resembled the program, but even though there are programs in place all over Canada that cater to inner city youth, I never got the same sense from anything else…"

Learn more about Carole here.

Last year, Aaron was the Director of the Strings Department at the
Mount Kenya Academy in Kenya, the largest program of its type in East


What drew Aaron to CMW? "Mostly what drew me to CMW was the sense of community. I came and visited before auditioning because I wasnʼt entirely sure I understood what was happening with the organization. Meeting with members of the Quartet, seeing the office, absorbing Lizʼs enthusiasm, having Sebastian sit and talk with me for literally hours–that visit was pivotal. When I left the office I had no question that CMW was where I wanted to be in September.

Read more about Aaron here.

Come run with CMW!

The CMW Pavement Raiders are back.


A group of CMW staff
and friends will be running once again in the CVS 5K on Sunday, September 20th in downtown
Providence. We'll be an "unofficial" team this year, which means you
can be a part of the excitement, too!  

1. Register** here:

2. Contact Rachel (rachel at communitymusicworks dot org)
for the details of a meeting spot that morning where we'll gather
together for a CMW staff and friends huddle and cheer before the

A huge thanks and shout out to Arlyn for getting
the CMW Pavement Raiders up and running and for inspiring us to
continue on.   

Can't join in the race this time? Come cheer us on in person. Or cheer us on in spirit by helping to keep us running all year long as an organization! Donate here.

-Rachel Panitch, CMW staff

**To participate, you must register online by September 15.

Free Goldberg Variations at RISD Museum (9/19 & 9/20)

On Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, Ben Nacar, pianist and Brown University student, is offering free performances of J. S. Bach's Goldberg Variations (all thirty of them!) in the Main Gallery of the RISD Museum. The performances begin at 2 pm on both days, and you need only to inform the Museum staff that you are there to attend the concert to have your Museum admission waived.

The occasion? Commemorating Glenn Gould's birthday (September 25, 1932). See a video clip of Glenn Gould playing the Aria from the Goldberg Variations here.