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Festival Winners Announced

The second annual Solo String Festival took place April 9-11, 2021 where 40+ middle and high school violinists and violists from South King County performed and competed for prizes at Seattle Symphony’s Benaroya Hall. Thea Weinbeck (senior competitive division) and Henry Williams (junior competitive division) took home first place, which…...

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Underserved student musicians play Benaroya Hall

Over a three-day weekend, forty-one student musicians who play violin and viola; and live and attend middle and high school in South King County will perform and compete for prizes, college scholarships and an opportunity to perform live on Classical King FM 98.1 at Key to Change’s annual Solo String…...

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Key to Change named as an inaugural recipient of Seattle Symphony’s Community Stages Fund

Key to Change is a grant recipient of Seattle Symphony’s inaugural Community Stages Fund. Through this award, the Seattle Symphony will serve as the host of Key to Change’s annual Solo String Festival on April 9-11, 2021. This grant gives Key to Change use of the performance and backstage spaces…...

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Classical KING FM takes steps to address issues of equity and inclusion

Feb. 3, 2021 Quinton Morris, associate professor of music at Seattle University and founder of the nonprofit Key to Change Classical KING FM 98.1, the Seattle-based, listener-supported classical music radio station, is moving to address issues of equity and inclusion, and taking steps to make classical music more accessible. KING…...

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Key to Change commits to fighting racism

January 11, 2021 Dear Key to Change Community: This year, we are making some important and very needed changes to our program to ensure that students in our string studio feel valued and represented, not only within our organization, but also within the musical curriculum and repertoire. While our organization…...

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Caleb Vaughn-Jones is the inaugural Composer in Residence

Caleb Vaughn-Jones, a classical cellist and composer will serve as the inaugural Composer in Residence at Key to Change. Vaughn-Jones will compose original works for both violin and viola for string students of all musical levels that they will perform in virtual recital in the spring of 2021. Based in…...

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2020 – 2021 Guest Artist String Master Classes Series and Guest Academic Lectures at Key to Change

All master classes take place from 6-8pm PST and academic lectures take place on Fridays at 3:00pm remotely. If you are interested in attending a class, please contact us to receive RSVP and receive a link to our classes. Key to Change is thrilled to offer our students master classes…...

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Innovative BIPOC Composer Residency partnership with Classical King FM announcement

Dr. Quinton Morris with Davie Ann Ross and Ruby Ruo, top prizewinners of the 2019 Solo String Festival after their live performance on King FM 98.1. Dr. Quinton Morris is selected as the first Artist-Scholar in Residence and Key to Change joins as partner with innovative BIPOC Composer Residency, both…...

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Renowned Luthier Donates Violin to Instrument Library for Student Use

The Key to Change received a major donation in the form of a new violin (valued at $17,000) from David Van Zandt, a local violin maker, who has graciously gifted the instrument for the organization’s library. Van Zandt stipulated that the violin must be performed by a Black or Brown…...

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