In 1998, Trudy Larson, a violin teacher and then Executive Director of NYSO ( now NMYO) and Marcia Lier, an art/enrichment
teacher at Community Day Charter Public School (CDCPS) in Lawrence met together and shared a common vision to start a violin program
in Lawrence. Starting with three children at CDCPS, the program now serves over 100 children each year. UWM. began in the fall of
2010 as a new non-profit corporation to direct and support Community Strings, an existing string program that had served children
in Lawrence with the same staff and leadership since 1998.
Our Lawrence strings program began and continues) as a collaboration with
Community Group. Trudy Larson, violin teacher (then Executive Director of NYSO) serves as administrator, grant writer and teacher;
Marcia Lier, originally an enrichment teacher at CDCPS, serves as the primary violin instructor. Since our first year, several hundred
children have benefited from our program. This year, nearly 100 children will be served by Up With Music.
In 2002, as more young violinists
began to grow in playing ability we added a string ensemble at CDCPS to provide incentive for the more advanced violinists and give
them more opportunities to perform. On Fridays, Trudy Larson helps conduct this group that is growing in ability and numbers.
last fall, Community Group asked us to establish our program in the Gateway and Webster elementary schools where they felt it would
fit best. In 2015, we began working with YDO to begin and help fund a new piano program there.