The transition for immigrants trying to start a new life in Western New York is fraught with challenges—and more so for refugees uprooted by war and social upheaval. Resettlement agencies in our community assist families with basic needs, but a performing arts education group is helping children in Buffalo’s immigrant communities to develop a sense of belonging through music...
Many readers will recognize Virginia Barron’s name as that of the Classical 94.5 WNED announcer who recently left radio to devote more time to Buffalo String Works, a West Side after-school music program that she cofounded and directs with Yuki Numata Resnick. Providing a foundation for these more recent activities is her career as teacher and freelance violist; Barron played for more than fifteen years as sub and extra musician in the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera of Chicago. She moved to Buffalo in order to be with husband Charles J. Smith, associate professor of music theory at the University at Buffalo. (“He had a tenured job; I did not.”) Those lucky enough to have played with her can attest to her spectacular musicianship and the value of both her presence in Buffalo and her work with Buffalo String Works (BSW)
Check out our latest news from our May 2017 newsletter!
Our final Spring Concert is THIS Saturday, May 27 @ 2pm @ 286 Lafayette Ave. Come join us and hear how far we've come!
Here's a sneak peak of this weekend's upcoming concert:
We are so grateful to the Suzuki Violinists of WNY who are once again, dedicating their annual spring concert to Buffalo String Works. Concert details are below - please consider attending. Some of our BSW students and teachers will also be featured performers!
Our annual holiday is this Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo! Please join us to celebrate all of our students' and teachers' hard work AND come witness the debut of our 3 star cellists.
As always, we will hold our post-concert reception featuring dishes from all around the world, hosted by our students.
Saturday, Dec. 17
Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo
695 Elmwood Ave. (at W. Ferry)
One recent afternoon, the sounds of the first movement from 19th-century Russian composer Aleksandr Borodin’s “String Quartet No.2” filled the auditorium of Buffalo P.S. 18 on the city’s West Side.
The audience, a group of students from the school — fifth through eighth graders — had stayed after class for the concert, performed by four student musicians from UB.
The UB students, current and past teaching assistants with Buffalo String Works (BSW), were playing an outreach concert for the P.S. 18 students, the first time BSW musicians had performed at the school.
We are so excited to let you know that Buffalo String Works is the proud recipients of a $20,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo! We are grateful and humbled by CFGB's recognition of our efforts. With this assistance, we are able to increase our instrument library, expand enrollment to serve more families, and hire teachers to work with our young students.
With the CFGB grant, we have more than doubled our enrollment from West Buffalo Charter School and we are pleased to be serving students from Tapestry Charter and Charter School for Applied Technologies. Word is spreading!
We are proud to continue our partnership with International School #45. Students from this school have been with us from our very first day so they hold a special place in our hearts.
Thank you so much to the CFGB for your generous support of our work!
Our final concert of the semester is upon us! Saturday, May 28 at 2pm at the Concerned Ecumenical Ministry. We are very proud of everything our students have accomplished and we hope you'll drop by to hear the results of our hard work!
Happy summer to all and we can't wait to resume in the fall - after a much-needed break of course!
We are so grateful to Drew Cone for hosting and organizing a benefit concert for BSW. If you find yourself with a free evening this Friday, please come listen to some beautiful music!
We are so honored that Suzuki Violinists of WNY has chosen to support Buffalo String Works in their Annual Ensemble Concert on April 24th. Mark this date in your calendars and come hear their wonderful students. BSW students will also join in for a joint rendition of Twinkle!
Our students know her as “Miss Yuki”: She’s a teacher, a role model, and a world-class violinist! Yuki Numata Resnick is a co-founder of Buffalo String Works and she’s giving a recital on Sunday, February 21, at 3:00 p.m. at Clarence Presbyterian Church. Children of ALL ages are welcome and tickets will be available for purchase at the door ($10/adult; $5/student; $20/family; children 5 & under are free). A portion of ticket sales will go to support BSW. Come hear works by 20th- and 21st-century composers and see the kind of talent and enthusiasm Miss Yuki brings to our community! (Click here for more information.)
Youth outreach program gives kids a place to learn music
02/24/16 11:59am | By GABRIELA DIAZ
Music students of all ages know that music is not just memorizing notes from Vivaldi and practicing the proper technique. It becomes an outlet of creative expression, a way to convey thoughts and feelings to the audiences.
That is what UB music professor Numata Resnick is teaching her students in the Buffalo String Works after school program. Buffalo String Works is a non-profit organization for refugee and immigrant children in Buffalo. Inspired by the music students at Buffalo Public School No. 45, the idea was to provide intimate private lessons for underprivileged students.
We just received word that our application for non-profit status has been accepted and we are now officially known as Buffalo String Works, Inc. As a result we are proud to introduce Virginia Barron in her new role as executive director! Ginny’s leadership has been essential to our current successes and we have no doubt she will guide us forward us we continue to grow.
We are the proud recipients of a grant from the Find Your Light Foundation! This foundation’s mission is to enrich the lives of young people through arts, education and cultural awareness. With the generous grant from FYL, we will be able to provide instruments and transportation for our students and provide honoraria for our teachers. Thank you Find Your Light Foundation for starting our 2016 with a bang!
Please mark your calendars: Buffalo String Works is hosting a FREE end-of-the-semester holiday concert on Sunday, December 13, at 3:00PM. (See address below.) Let’s celebrate the season in our universal language—music! Our program includes folk favorites, holiday hits, and melodies by Beethoven and Pachelbel! We hope you’ll bring the whole family—children of all ages are welcome at this family-friendly, short concert. Plan to stick around after the concert to meet some of our students and their families.
We’re Buffalo String Works—and we’re your neighbors, Buffalo—come spend part of your holiday with us!
Concerned Ecumenical Ministry
286 Lafayette Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14213
While reservations to our benefit concert are limited—only a few seats remain!—it’s never too late to donate to our program. We encourage you to read about our program on this website, “Like” us on Facebook, or click on “Contact Us” to find out more about how you can be part of BSW.
A donation of only $30 will cover 1 day of lesson fees for ALL our students. A donation of $60 will cover an entire week of lesson fees for ALL our students. Or, if the spirit of the holiday season inspires you to give more this year, for $400 you can sponsor one student’s lessons, transportation, snacks, and violin maintenance for an entire school year! (Click here to learn more about becoming a BSW Sponsor!)
We’re very excited to announce our very first concert of the 2015-2016 season! We are performing on Tuesday November 11 at 2pm at Asbury Pointe in Getzville. Our students have been working very hard on Pachelbel’s Canon, Bile ’em Cabbage Down, Frère Jacques and Ode to Joy and we can’t wait to show off all of our hard work. Only 2 short months ago in September, we handed out violins to our students – for many of them it was their first time holding the instrument – and we can’t believe that they already have 4 pieces to perform. Pretty impressive stuff!
As an added treat and a tribute to our veterans, Ginny, Elise and Yuki will be performing solo and duo repertoire. Come hear BSW students and teachers perform!
50 Stahl Road
BSW is so grateful for the support we receive from musicians in the area! On October 23, Christopher Weber and the Camerata di Sant’ Antonio Chamber Orchestra gave a concert that raised money and awareness in honor of Buffalo String Works. Thanks to the support of local musicians and the generous donations of community members, our students at BSW can continue to learn, thrive, and make music of their own!