Sixth-grader wins Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes children’s essay contest

Posted on: May 27, 2010

In Tuesday’s (5/25) Star-Gazette (Elmira, New York), Jennifer Kingsley writes, “Cassandra Taylor, a sixth-grader at Northside Blodgett Middle School in Corning, can tell you why music is an essential part of an education. ‘Music is important because it’s fun and creative and there are no boundaries,’ Cassandra wrote as part of a 500-word essay she submitted in a contest sponsored by the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes and Claudette’s International Designing Women. ‘Music can lift your spirits and send them spiraling, and as long as you have music, you’ll never want to come back down.’ The competition was for children in grades five through eight who attend the Salvation Army after-school program. Cassandra was honored during the orchestra’s last concert for the season. ‘With music, there’s no wrong answer,’ Cassandra wrote. Dennis Madden, the orchestra’s acting executive director, said he couldn’t agree more.”

Posted May 27, 2010