After this year's huge enrollment, we realized that we needed instruments, fast. To give you an idea, we started out last year with a little over a dozen students. As word got out, our numbers quickly grew; this year, we have had 53 students enroll, with more applications coming in.
We were able to accept 38 children. I wish we could have accepted everyone! We decided on 38 as a safe number for the amount of staff we had. We had instruments in reserve, but there was a new problem: there was a huge number of Kindergarteners that had signed up. The instruments we had were too big.
Not wanting to turn away so many children who could start young and grow through the program, I decided instead to accept them, even without instruments.
We immediately put out a call for instruments that spanned the entire region. Our development department sent personal letters to each music shop with a wish list for instruments.
Stamell Stringed Instruments