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Review for Opus 118 Harlem School of Music, New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My Sun has been playing violin because of Opus since he was about 6 years old. He first started taking lessons in the in-school program of his elementary school. Then he started taking additional lessons at Opus 118's afterschool program on E. 125th. In about 4th grade, he was asked to join the Junior Performance Ensemble. It has been a FABULOUS experience for him. He has performed with the ensemble at all different types of venues; from opening for the New York Philharmonic in Central Park's Summer Stage, to playing at Avery Fisher Hall with Mark O' Conner, or at the small hall at Carnegie. Recently he even played at a wedding. But the most exciting was traveling to Washington D.C. to play at the first Children's Inaugural Ball, celebrating the election of Barack Obama.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My Sun has benefited greatly from his experiences at Opus. He has fully integrated the concepts of teamwork and cooperation into his personality by playing in the Ensemble. He has learned professionalism, courtesy and promptness. And his math....

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More money! Simply put... we could find a better way to raise funds. That's it. Because I love the program as it stands.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that my sun has learned teamwork and cooperation by playing with the Performance Ensemble. He has learned to read music. And he can play violin!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

are amazingly dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve the entire country with a chain of Opus 118's. Opus traditionally runs a very lean operation. But violins could be upgraded and maintained, we could have bigger practice rooms, perform in a wider variety of venues....

Ways to make it better...

if funds were more readily available to help Opus run without being afraid of money runnig out.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Fund-raising. Plain and simple.

One thing I'd also say is that...

my family loves Opus. We love the staff and teachers, the community of parents and children that has built up around this amazing institution.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Client Served & My Sun has learned to play violin....