In the late winter of 2017, I (Sylvia) crossed paths with violinmaker Douglas Cox after a rehearsal of the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra. He had brought with him several instruments for members to try, one of which felt so comfortable in my hands and resonated richly under my ear. “Oh,” I thought, “this instrument can actually do what my teachers have been describing for the past two years…” I was so inspired.
Doug generously lent me the violin for a series of upcoming concerts including a long opera, to help play it in for him and to give me a light, well-balanced instrument that made long rehearsals vastly more comfortable. At the end of the trial period, I didn’t want to give the violin back, and we worked out a timeline that would allow me to fundraise and purchase it.
Two years later, thanks to the incredible generosity of many people, I am in the home stretch of this fundraising project! Here’s where we stand today:
Money Raised and Remaining as of 7/28/2019
The amount I have been able to pay on my own has been matched by 61 donors, including sustaining donors Phil and Katie Friedel. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible! I am overwhelmed by the support I have received from so many!
The next goal is to raise $1,275 by September 30.
If you would like to donate, I gratefully welcome you to do so by clicking here to go to my GoFundMe page.
Click here to read about some of this year’s projects that have been made possible by this violin.