February Community Newsletter: New stories, tips, local concerts and videos.
by Anton Krutz
Making an Impact Around the World!
It's incredible to know that our clients and instruments travel the world, making a difference in the lives of many! This month we would like to share with you a little bit about Sarah (Cool) McCauley and a special note she sent to us...
About Sarah (Cool) McCauley
Before moving to Guatemala to serve with her husband at Casa De Mi Padre (My Father’s House), a ministry of Child Rescue based in St. Joseph, Missouri, Mrs. McCauley received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from MWSU, a Masters in Education from Park University, and received Suzuki violin teacher training courses for all 10 books.
With all of this experience, Mrs. McCauley taught music from 2005-2017 in the St. Joseph, Missouri area and had students earn superior ratings in competitions at district and state levels. She also taught at the St. Joseph Christian School and taught for the St. Joseph School District.
In addition to teaching, Mrs. McCauley had the pleasure of playing the violin in the St. Joseph Symphony, being concertmaster and principal violist of the Missouri Western State University Orchestra, performing frequently as a piano accompanist, and managing and performing in the Cool String Trio.
In all of her teaching and performing, Mrs. McCauley is motivated by a passion to share the gift of music to everyone around her. We are honored to play a small part in her story!
A Special Note From Mrs. McCauley
Dear KC Strings,
Thank you so much for building beautiful sounding instruments that are also durable and stand up to a variety of climates.
I got married in January and moved to Guatemala to help my husband at the orphanage where he has served as a missionary for the last two years. I brought my violin along. Even though I don't speak Spanish very well yet, I am able to communicate with the children through music! They listen intently and sometimes even dance as I play my violin that I purchased at your shop when I was in college 14 years ago.
It is inevitable. Your wooden instrument has gone through a lot of change this winter. Wood is a hygroscopic material, meaning that it absorbs water from the air. This water is stored in the wood pores and is called free water because it can be absorbed back into the air. This means that...
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