Article: The National aims to effect change through music and help refugees

Huge thanks to The Buffalo News and reporter, Jeff Miers, for featuring Buffalo String Works in this article! We're so grateful to The National for making a detour through Buffalo to play a benefit concert for us. 

Also, many thanks to Brian Grunert and White Bicycle for the beautiful artwork below. Posters and T-shirts available for purchase at the show!

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ANNOUNCEMENT: An intimate performance featuring members of The National

We hope you will join us, along with some of our Buffalo String Works students and members of The National for a very special BSW benefit event on Monday, December 11, 2017. 

This event includes a pre-show featuring our students, who may even make an appearance with The National later on! Tickets go on sale on Friday, October 27 and are $60.00 (limit two tickets per order) available. Purchase tickets here or online at TOWNBALLROOM.COM and Town Ballroom box office. TownBallroom box office is open Monday-Friday 12-5pm. Call to charge by phone 1.877.987.6487. All proceeds from this event will go towards BSW. 

The National is an American indie rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, formed in 1999. The band consists of Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, Scott Devendorf and Bryan Devendorf.

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This event is produced by Funtime Presents

BSW would like to say a big thank you to The National, Artie Kwitchoff and Town Ballroom for making this event happen!



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INTERVIEW: Friendship, belonging and a love of music are cultivated in young immigrants on Buffalo’s West Side

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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...

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PRESS: Virginia Barron and Buffalo String Works

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)

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Holiday Concert

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
2pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo
695 Elmwood Ave. (at W. Ferry)

PRESS: Music a universal language for UB student violinists and Buffalo’s refugee children

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.  

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Community Foundation $20,000 Grant!

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 for Greater Buffalo! We are grateful and humbled by Community Foundation'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 Community Foundation 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 Community Foundation for your generous support of our work!

Final Spring Concert!

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!

“Miss Yuki” to Perform at Clarence Presbyterian

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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.)

Beth Beauchamp

Having worked as a professional musician, a music-educator, and the Executive Director of a number of non-profit arts organizations, Beth has over 10 years of experience in catering to the unique needs of artists. Beth believes that the talent, education, and skill-sets of her clients have inherent worth. As a passionate artist advocate, she aims to help her artists improve the quality of their own lives by encouraging them to honor the value of their own work, and by creating materials which allow them to champion their art with confidence. Equally interested in building community, Beth aims to create a roster of artists who are excited to support and collaborate together. 

PRESS: Buffalo String Works provides music lessons to refugee and immigrant children

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.

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Beth Beauchamp

Having worked as a professional musician, a music-educator, and the Executive Director of a number of non-profit arts organizations, Beth has over 10 years of experience in catering to the unique needs of artists. Beth believes that the talent, education, and skill-sets of her clients have inherent worth. As a passionate artist advocate, she aims to help her artists improve the quality of their own lives by encouraging them to honor the value of their own work, and by creating materials which allow them to champion their art with confidence. Equally interested in building community, Beth aims to create a roster of artists who are excited to support and collaborate together. 

Buffalo String Works, INC!

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.

Beth Beauchamp

Having worked as a professional musician, a music-educator, and the Executive Director of a number of non-profit arts organizations, Beth has over 10 years of experience in catering to the unique needs of artists. Beth believes that the talent, education, and skill-sets of her clients have inherent worth. As a passionate artist advocate, she aims to help her artists improve the quality of their own lives by encouraging them to honor the value of their own work, and by creating materials which allow them to champion their art with confidence. Equally interested in building community, Beth aims to create a roster of artists who are excited to support and collaborate together. 

Find Your Light Foundation

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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!

Beth Beauchamp

Having worked as a professional musician, a music-educator, and the Executive Director of a number of non-profit arts organizations, Beth has over 10 years of experience in catering to the unique needs of artists. Beth believes that the talent, education, and skill-sets of her clients have inherent worth. As a passionate artist advocate, she aims to help her artists improve the quality of their own lives by encouraging them to honor the value of their own work, and by creating materials which allow them to champion their art with confidence. Equally interested in building community, Beth aims to create a roster of artists who are excited to support and collaborate together. 

Interview: West Side's international students learn violin

By EILEEN BUCKLEY  DEC 15, 2015

WBFO NEWS PHOTO BY EILEEN BUCKLEY

A music program is providing violin lessons to West Side children from the city's under-served population.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley recently spent the afternoon with Buffalo String Works

Beth Beauchamp

Having worked as a professional musician, a music-educator, and the Executive Director of a number of non-profit arts organizations, Beth has over 10 years of experience in catering to the unique needs of artists. Beth believes that the talent, education, and skill-sets of her clients have inherent worth. As a passionate artist advocate, she aims to help her artists improve the quality of their own lives by encouraging them to honor the value of their own work, and by creating materials which allow them to champion their art with confidence. Equally interested in building community, Beth aims to create a roster of artists who are excited to support and collaborate together. 

Student Holiday Concert!

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

Beth Beauchamp

Having worked as a professional musician, a music-educator, and the Executive Director of a number of non-profit arts organizations, Beth has over 10 years of experience in catering to the unique needs of artists. Beth believes that the talent, education, and skill-sets of her clients have inherent worth. As a passionate artist advocate, she aims to help her artists improve the quality of their own lives by encouraging them to honor the value of their own work, and by creating materials which allow them to champion their art with confidence. Equally interested in building community, Beth aims to create a roster of artists who are excited to support and collaborate together. 

2nd-Annual Benefit Concert

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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!)

Beth Beauchamp

Having worked as a professional musician, a music-educator, and the Executive Director of a number of non-profit arts organizations, Beth has over 10 years of experience in catering to the unique needs of artists. Beth believes that the talent, education, and skill-sets of her clients have inherent worth. As a passionate artist advocate, she aims to help her artists improve the quality of their own lives by encouraging them to honor the value of their own work, and by creating materials which allow them to champion their art with confidence. Equally interested in building community, Beth aims to create a roster of artists who are excited to support and collaborate together.