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. She has studied with Mischa Mischakoff, Eric Rosenblith and Ariana Bronne. An SAA-trained teacher and a 39-year member, Lani teaches in English and Spanish, and enjoys involving families of all cultures and ethnicities in their children’s music education. 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. Lani 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. An active chamber musician, she is a member of AFM Local 171, and was the first violinist in the May 2014 world premieres of Gwyneth Walker’s string quartet “The Dove.”

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