Introducing Megan McDevitt, our new Associate Director

Megan McDevitt has been an integral member of our teaching team since September 2017. So integral, in fact, that we created a new position of Associate Director just for her! We interviewed Megan so that you can see for yourselves just how awesome and inspiring she truly is.

BSW - Please state your full name for the record:

MM - Megan Margaret McDevitt

BSW - Where'd you go to school and when'd you graduate?

MM - U.C. Santa Cruz, Bachelor of Music, 2007; San Francisco Conservatory, Master of Music, 2010; University of Michigan, Doctorate of Musical Arts, 2017                                                         

BSW - What brought you to Buffalo? How did you connect with BSW?

MM - I ended up in Buffalo because my husband is getting a doctoral degree in music composition at UB. When I got here six months ago, I had just begun to understand what a rich and diverse community of people live here. I found Buffalo String Works while searching for potential music teaching opportunities, and knew as soon as I spoke to Yuki that I wanted to be involved.

BSW - What is it about BSW that makes you so willing to take on this new Associate Director position? What do you hope to bring to BSW?

MM - Although BSW has a strong foundation of music with incredible musicians/teachers at the helm, it is not just about music. It is about community and finding your place in a new environment. The focus on refugee families allows us to help new residents feel welcome, which makes introducing children to music-making even more rewarding. I’m grateful that BSW has also made me feel welcome in Buffalo! 

I have previously been involved in El Sistema-influenced programs as a bass teacher and administrator, in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Michigan, and have seen first-hand what a benefit programs like this can be to the students. I hope to bring ideas that I’ve gathered from my previous experiences and my willingness to learn about the West Side community of Buffalo to help grow this already fantastic organization!

BSW - Who is your desert island musician?

MM - If it’s classical, probably Stravinsky. He’s got such a deep catalog and his style changed so much that it would take awhile to be bored! Otherwise, I want to say Fiona Apple, but she has the opposite problem, so I’m going to go with the Beatles.

BSW - Welcome to the team, Megan!

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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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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)

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. 

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. 

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. 

Our First Concert!

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!

Asbury Pointe
50 Stahl Road
Getzville, NY

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. 

Camerata di Sant’ Antonio Chamber Orchestra “Plays It Forward”

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!

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 Rising: “BSW Helping to Shape the Future of this City”

Since 2004, Buffalo Rising has made it a mission to write about the “positive and interesting people and places that make our city unique.” Click here to see what good things Buffalo Rising has to say about BSW!

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.