Mentors Help Bentonville Students Make Music

Posted: April 21, 2014 at 5 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO BEN GOFF Erik Mains, left, 12, and his violin mentor Nicholas VanSlooten, 16, perform a duet Thursday during the Bentonville Public Schools Orchestra Mentorship Program solo/ensemble recital at Bright Field Middle School in Bentonville. Through the mentorship program, Bentonville High School orchestra students volunteer their time to teach weekly music lessons to students from all four Bentonville middle schools.

Ethan Saxon, 13, and Nicholas Van Slooten, 16, briefly shared the spotlight Thursday playing "Pirates of the Caribbean" on their violins together in front of about 150 spectators at Bright Field Middle School.

At A Glance

Bentonville Orchestra Mission Statement

The Bentonville Orchestra Program seeks to develop individual musical artistry, ensemble excellence and promote a lifelong enjoyment of music in each young person. This important goal cannot be attained without a sincere desire, effort and commitment from each orchestra member. As a teacher, I believe my primary responsibility is to develop young musicians by assisting them in reaching the highest level of musicianship through proper technique and to cultivate their natural ability to perform and succeed in music as well as in life.

Source: Bentonville Public Schools Orchestra Handbook

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