United Conservatory of Music August 2018



FROM THE DESK OF Christopher Scherer

Dear UCM Family,

We would like to welcome the 80-plus new students who signed up in June and July! We are truly growing in leaps and bounds, and we are so happy to see all the new and returning faces! Starting up again soon is our chamber music program, and Leo will be in touch with everyone involved to start setting up groups and meeting times. Professor Michael Chang, who has recently joined the faculty at Fresno State, will be here to also coach groups on a more consistent basis, so we look forward to seeing the awesome progress of our advanced students. Our first Chamber Music Festival and Diana’s Cello Camp were wildly successful! I saw many kids clearly having way too much fun playing music and making new friends. I was also delighted to see so many cellists in one place and enjoyed listening to the soothing sound of their music. What a great instrument! Also worthy of note is that we have started a new music program right next door to us at Loretta’s Little Miracles, which specializes in day care for medically fragile children. We are excited to see where this partnership leads us.

With school right around the corner, you might be thinking about taking your kids out for a bit of fun before the school year starts. If you’re fresh out of ideas on what to do, here are a few activities for your family this month. Take Your Kids to the Movies There were many great kids’ movies released this summer that you and your children can see as a family. “Incredibles 2” came out on June 15, 14 years after the first “Incredibles” movie. This time, watch as the character Jack-Jack explores his many superpowers. Several other films were released just last month, such as “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” in which the Count and his family go on a cruise. “Teen Titans GO! To The Movies,” also came out and includes the teen heroes experiencing their very first movie. This month, enjoy “Christopher Robin,” which will be released on Aug. 3, and the adventures of beloved Winnie the Pooh and his friends. While taking your kids to a family-friendly film is fun, it doesn’t have to be the sole reason to get out of the house. Before or after the movie, you can take them to a local park to enjoy the playground or a pool. FAMILY-FUNACTIVITIES Enjoy the Last of the SummerWeather

Let’s keep making music!

–Christopher Scherer Director

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