KEYS cello program supported by foundation

Rob Silvan, executive director of Kids Empowered by Your Support Inc., took delivery of four new cellos from Creative Music Center in Monroe to be used by students during their one-to-one lessons and during rehearsals of the KEYS orchestra.

A $4,000 grant from the Amalia & Nicola Giuliani Foundation for Religion and the Arts funded not only the purchase of the new cellos, but will pay for lessons for four students during the upcoming school year.

KEYS cello students share their instruments and their teachers have to bring instruments from school to school for the one-to-one lessons. Having to share instruments makes it more difficult for cellists to practice between their lessons. KEYS needed to purchase good quality instruments because as students become more advanced they need good cellos for practice that are also easier to maintain, according to a news release from KEYS.

Rob Silvan, who also is the director of music for Talmadge Hill Community Church in Darien, said, "KEYS is grateful to the Amalia & Nicola Giuliani Foundation for Religion and the Arts for supporting this important programming need. And we thank the Creative Music Center for providing the cellos at cost so that the Giuliani Foundation funding could be extended to cover not only the instrument cost, but pay for the lessons as well. The students will be thrilled when they resume their lessons in September and have access to the new cellos."

KEYS' mission is to bring one-to-one instrument lessons and group music instruction to under-served children in Bridgeport. The Giuliani foundation provides grants to organizations operating in the areas of religion, the arts and education.