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The New Jersey Youth Symphony Holds June Auditions

Posted by The Long Island Violin Shop on May 25, 2015 11:00:00 AM

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS), based out of the Wharton Music Center, will be inviting 3rd-12th graders to audition for their 14 ensembles on Monday, June 8thStudents can register for an audition online by going to www.NJYS.org or by calling 908-771-5544.

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Topics: Strings Smart's - Education, Events & Happenings

Bride & Groom - A Canadian Duo That Loves The Classic Americana Sound

Posted by The Long Island Violin Shop on May 19, 2015 11:36:38 AM

Bride & Groom was born in January 2014 in a small apartment in Montreal. It was there that they wrote, recorded and designed their first EP, released in May of that year. Since that time, they have toured, performed on radio, played festivals, and have been featured in a ton of publications. This folky duo loves classic Americana music and their style is a laid back cross between folk and pop with a rootsy vibe.

They have recently achieved full funding on Pledge Music (115% to date with 124 backers) for their full-length follow up, but you can still get in on the action - pre-ordering and supporting their efforts. Check out their beautiful website, and enjoy this choice video cover of the King's of Leon's "Someone Like Me".

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Topics: Plucked From YouTube

Simply Three Takes on Avicii's "Wake Me Up"

Posted by The Long Island Violin Shop on Apr 27, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Glen McDaniel, Zack Clark, and Nicholas Villalobos, together known as Simply Three, are a group of talented musicians mixing old school technique with new school sounds. We fell in love with their take of Avicii's "Wake Me Up" shot by a beautiful mountain lake with a production that included drone footage from a DJI Phantom! Check out Simply Three on their website http://simplythreemusic.com and YouTube

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Topics: Plucked From YouTube

Brooklyn Duo Wow With Piano/Cello Cover of Sia's "Chandelier"

Posted by The Long Island Violin Shop on Apr 20, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Brooklyn Duo are just that, a pair of players from the borough on Piano and Cello, sounding today's best music through their instruments with heartfelt acoustic renditions. Marnie & Patrick Laird give us this great cover of Sia's "Chandelier." Get more info and great videos on the duo's facebook page and youtube channel.
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Topics: Plucked From YouTube

Upcoming LIYO Concert At Tilles Center

Posted by The Long Island Violin Shop on Apr 17, 2015 2:30:00 PM

LONG ISLAND YOUTH ORCHESTRA CONCERT
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Topics: Events & Happenings

LIVS Alumni David Wong Gets Funky With Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Tell Me Baby"

Posted by The Long Island Violin Shop on Apr 13, 2015 11:30:00 AM

David Wong, along with Bryan Mulholland, Taykwuan Jackson and Josh Kinzler take on the Red Hot Chilli Peppers' Classic "Tell Me Baby." We continue to be inspired by David's love for electric violin and the music that he brings to the world.
Check out his YouTube channel or DavidWongViolin.com
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Topics: Plucked From YouTube

Syosset Arts School In Danger of Closing

Posted by The Long Island Violin Shop on Mar 19, 2015 5:38:00 PM

The Long Island High School For The Arts, a Nassau/Suffolk BOCES educational institution, is $500k in debt and in danger of permanently closing. LIHSA, as it's commonly known, is struggling from diminishing enrollment, changes to tax codes and fewer donations from community supporters. Decisions to close the school may be made as early as next Thursday, when the Nassau/Suffolk BOCES board has their next regularly scheduled general meeting. With opportunities in the arts drying up all around NY State, this could be a major blow to the Arts on Long Island and leave parents and students unsure about their future.

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Violin of the Month: David T. Van Zandt

Posted by The Long Island Violin Shop on Feb 17, 2015 3:25:59 PM


30 Years of Violin Craft

Professional luthier David T. Van Zandt is a Seattle based maker crafting impressive instruments for modern and period performance alike.

The LIVS is proud to be featuring this beautiful 354mm 4/4 Size Violin from the Van Zandt workshop at our Huntington Village Retail Location.

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SCMEA Scholarships Deadline Tomorrow!

Posted by The Long Island Violin Shop on Feb 12, 2015 1:41:01 PM

Attention all Suffolk County Music Students in Grades 5-11. The deadline for the 2015 SCMEA Scholarship program is tomorrow, Friday February 13th. This program is for students interested in applying for a variety of summer music programs. SCEMA sponsors eleven summer music scholarships including:

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State of The Union -
A Celebration of American Roots Music

Posted by The Long Island Violin Shop on Jan 15, 2015 12:06:00 PM

NYC Spotlight - Three Artists @ City Winery

A collaboration between City Winery, Newport Folk Presents® and the Americana Music Association highlights American Roots Music with a series of performances scheduled through April 2015 in Chicago, Napa, Nashville and NYC City Winery locations. State of The Union - A Celebration of American Roots Music will shine the spotlight on a diverse group of American music makers for one night per month in each city. We're excited about the NYC lineup, and take a quick look at the three artists taking the stage at 155 Varick Street this winter.

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Topics: Events & Happenings