As The Violin Player expands into Ohio, we are in need of additional financial support from the community. Please remember, we receive all of our funding from individual donors and busnisses in the community. We do not receive any money from the government or other organizations. Please help us in our mission to make a music education available to every student by making a tax-deductible donation today! You can donate online by clicking the "Donate Through Paypal" button above. You do NOT need a Paypal account to donate through Paypal. Thank you for your help!

 

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What is "The Violin Player?"

 

The Violin Player is an education-related 501-(c)(3) non-profit organization. We advance music education by providing quality musical instruments and other educational resources to schools and individuals in the Upstate New York and Southern Ohio areas.

 

If you would like to apply for an instrument loan, please contact us. There is a short application process.

 

We also offer free or discounted lessons on almost all instruments. See our "lessons" page for more information.

 

All funds received will be used for charitable purposes

 

We are registered in the States of New York and Ohio.

Accomplishments:

 

Tompkins County Youth Orchestra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please see tcyo.org for past concerts at Cornell University and the Ithaca College School of Music

 

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Instrument Loans to the Ithaca City School District:

 

-BJM Elementary, Dewitt Middle School, Southside Community Center

 

--Cash donations received from the public made it possible for The Violin Player to purchase these high-quality instruments. We are grateful for the public's support and are thrilled to play a part in keeping music education alive in our schools.

Our Board of Directors Founder / President / Director,
and Executive Director of the Tompkins County Youth Orchestra Derek Voigt

See: derekvoigt.com for more information

 

Author of the works: Playing the Violin: A Pedagogical Analysis of Violin Technique and Performance Practice, and the Comprehensive String Series: Early Success, Derek Voigt is an internationally acclaimed violinist and pedagogue. He is currently the Director of the String Music Department at Chatfield College near Cincinnati, Ohio. An experienced performer, Derek performs frequently in solo recitals, including performances in Paris, France, Alba, Italy, a unique solo experience with an Italian Chamber Orchestra sponsored by the UN and the Italian Consulate in New York City, and performances in several other locations in the US.

 

Derek has performed in masterclasses with Christopher Hogwood, Charles Castleman, Elmar Oliveira, and Janet Sung. He began his violin studies at age 3, studying with Dmitry Gerikh. He studied Violin Performance at the Ithaca College School of Music with Susan Waterbury, and at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) with Dr. Piotr Milewski. When not performing solo repertoire, Derek can be found performing chamber and orchestral repertoire.

 

Derek has performed with professional orchestras and opera companies such as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, the Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra, where he served as the orchestra's Concertmaster, and the Cincinnati Chamber Opera, where he served as Principal Second Violin. Derek has served as concertmaster for numerous other ensembles, including the Grassroots Festival Chamber Orchestra in Ithaca, New York, the Voices Multi-Cultural Chorus’ Orchestra, and the New Violin Family Orchestra.

 

An Early Music enthusiast, Derek has played Baroque Violin in Cornell University's Early Music Ensemble, Les Petits Violons. In this ensemble, he worked closely with great musicians like Neal Zaslaw and Christopher Hogwood. He currently owns an unconverted violin made in the early 1700's. Derek is also interested in 'new' instruments. He has played Soprano Violin in the New Violin Family Orchestra. This instrument is smaller than a typical Violin and is tuned a fourth higher (C-G-D-A). It can be thought of as an octave above a viola. It produces a very unique sound and allows for some very high notes. Derek also owns a unique Piccolo Violin. This instrument is tuned an octave higher a traditional violin (G-D-A-E). This instrument can be used to perform traditional violin repertoire at a very high pitch.

 

In 2010, Derek became the Founding Executive Director of the Tompkins County Youth Orchestra in Ithaca, NY. Please see: www.TCYO.org for more information. Since Derek's departure from Ithaca, the group has changed to become the Ithaca Youth Orchestra.

 

In 2008, Derek founded the 501-(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization, The Violin Player. The organization advances music education by providing quality musical instruments, as well as other educational resources, to schools and individuals in Ohio and New York. Please see: www.TheViolinPlayer.org for more information.

 

 

Director of Operations for Western New York Dmitry Gerikh

Violinist Dmitry gerikh was introduced to the violin at age six, taking his first lessons with Vladimir Kotsuba.  At age thirteen, he began studying with Professor Boris Brant at Odessa’s Stolyarsky School for Gifted Children.  When in eighth grade, Dmitry won second prize at the All-Ukraine violin competition.  In 1968, he continued his advanced study at the Odessa Conservatory of Music in the studio of Arthur Zissermann.

 

After serving in the Soviet Navy, he continued post-graduate studies at the Gorki Conservatory, where he studied with professor Semyon Jaroshevich.  He joined the Gorki Philharmonic and played in the Chamber Orchestra of the Tula Philharmonic.  At the time, he was also a featured soloist with the Gorki Philharmonic in various performances including his favorite, Sibelius’ Violin Concerto.

 

In 1979, Mr. Gerikh was awarded the position of Concertmaster of the Odessa Philharmonic, and also played in the Pastorale Baroque Ensemble.  In 1989, Mr. Gerikh and his family emigrated to the United States, settling originally in Syracuse where Dmitry joined the Syracuse Symphony as the assistant principal second violinist under the baton of Kazuyoshi Akiyama.  While in Syracuse, he participated in several music festivals throughout the US.  After completing five seasons in Syracuse, he won the national audition for his current position with the Buffalo Philharmonic.

 

After arriving in Buffalo, Mr. Gerikh began to make solo appearances with Ars Nova under the direction of Marylouise Nanna.  He was also the featured soloist in the Buffalo Philharmonic’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Meditations.

Grant Writer Jessaca Daviso

 

Jessica Daviso holds an M.S. in Art Education from Syracuse University and a B.F.A. in painting from SUNY Buffalo. She is currently a doctoral student at Harvard University.

 

Jessica was formerly an art instructor at C.W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville, New York. Jessica served as a committee chair for the New York State Art Teacher's Association, represented the Central New York Teaching Center as a policy board member, and acted as a committee member for the Central Region Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. A highly successful grant writer, she has secured funding from various organizations including the National Education Association Foundation, which awarded her a professional development grant to research art in Indonesia. Jessica studied violin for nine years and is actively involved in local and regional arts initiatives. She is actively pursuing funding opportunities on behalf of The Violin Player.

Chief Financial Officer Shirley Voigt

A native of Buffalo, New York, Shirley Voigt was educated at Bryant and Stratton Business Institute and the State University of New York at Buffalo.  Shirley has over 35 years of experience in corporate administration, financial management, and municipal government.  Her background includes 20 years at Rich Products Corporation, where she handled corporate giving requests for the Rich Family Foundation and managed several multi-million dollar financial accounts.  She presently holds an administrative position with the Town of Amherst, New York, and is a volunteer income tax preparer for the elderly under a program sponsored by the IRS and AARP.

 

 

Our organization relies on donations from the public and businesses in the form of either musical instruments or money. Repairing instruments is expensive and purchasing new instruments is even more expensive.

 

Every dollar we receive helps us carry out our mission of advancing music education. Your donation will be greatly appreciated. Since our instruments are offered as loans, your contribution will be enjoyed by many people for many years.

Our organization relies on donations from the public and local businesses in the forms of musical instruments or money. Repairing instruments is expensive and purchasing new instruments is even more expensive.

 

Every dollar we receive helps us carry out our mission of advancing music education. Your donation will be greatly appreciated. Since our instruments are offered as loans, your contribution will be enjoyed by many people for many years.

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Youth Orchestra
Tompkins County Youth Orchestra

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33 Sable Run

East Amherst, NY 14051

 

or

 

302 Arrowhead Trail

Loveland, OH 45140

 

 

By Phone:

 

513-223-0899

 

 

Direct Email:

 

derekvoigt@theviolinplayer.org

 

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The Tompkins County Youth Orchestra was founded, and was administered, by The Violin Player. The TCYO's goal was to provide quality, full symphony orchestra training, instruction, and performance experience to young Tompkins County musicians and made it possible for them to experience the discipline and rewards of preparing and performing advanced repertoires. Since Derek Voigt's departure from Ithaca, the TCYO changed management and the Ithaca Youth Orchestra started in 2014. We would like to thank our loyal students, parents, and the local teachers for all their hard work and dedication over the past several years. For More information, please visit the TCYO Website.

 

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