STEP Interfaith Holiday Sing-along

STEP has been collaborating with the Springfield (MA) Public Library since 2004. Here is a picture from our Dec. 3, 2017 Interfaith Holiday Sing-Along in the beautifully restored Rotunda of the Springfield Central Library. The STEP Suzuki Strings accompanied songs from the holidays of Chanukah, Christmas and Reyes, sung in Chinese, English, German, Hebrew and Spanish. We had great audience participation as they sang along, and socialized afterwards at a post-concert reception sponsored by the Springfield Library and the Springfield Suzuki Partnership, STEP’s parent/teacher organization.

Image by Lani Bortfeld

Lani Bortfeld

Lani Bortfeld received her B.Mus. from the New England Conservatory and her M.Mus. from the University of Connecticut in applied violin. She has studied with Mischa Mischakoff, Eric Rosenblith and Ariana Bronne. Lani is an SAA-trained teacher and a 38-year member. In 2002 she founded the Suzuki Talent Education Partnership (STEP), an interfaith music ministry dedicated to combining community outreach with high-quality, family-centered music instruction inspired by Dr. Suzuki’s teachings and accessible to all. STEP has now grown into a diverse group of urban and suburban families from all over the globe. Lani teaches in English and Spanish, and enjoys involving families of all cultures and ethnicities in their children’s music education. She was awarded the McKnight Neighborhood Council’s 2014 Community Service Award for contributions to the cultural arts through her work with Suzuki musical instruction in Springfield. She is also an active soloist and chamber musician.

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