Seventh grader, Joshua Wang selected to receive Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin
This past summer Joshua Wang attended the O’Connor Method Camp in New York City where he was awarded the opportunity to play a specially crafted violin for one year. Only two “exceptional string students are awarded the honor” each year. The violin was crafted by Maine violin maker Jonathan Cooper in an effort to continue the legacy of Daniel Pearl, the violinist and Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered by terrorist in 2002. It was given to composer Mark O’Conner in Daniel’s honor, who in turn presented the award. Joshua has been a student at the Waldorf School of Garden City since 2007. According to the School’s Orchestra Director Dale Stuckenbruck, “Joshua is most deserving of this award. He is consistently developing as a musician. We are all very proud of him.”
“By passing the instruments through so many hands and playing past musical borders, we hope that the beautiful sound of these violins will help inspire listeners to live in harmony, on a peaceful planet.” ~Jon Cooper.
According to Joshua’s father, “what really made this a meaningful experience for Joshua was that it was not as if he had won a title prize from a competition…but that the camp faculty saw Joshua’s joy in playing music and wanted to encourage him to continue sharing that joy with others.”
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