United Conservatory of Music May 2018


MAY 2018

FROM THE DESK OF Christopher Scherer

Dear UCM Family, As I enter my third year living in Fresno, I feel blessed to be part of this wonderful community. We are always striving to bring more joy and happiness to your lives with music. Let us know how we are doing and how we can improve! Don’t roast in the sun this summer; join us for our Chamber Music Camp! Space is limited to 40 participants and is also open to beginners. We will have an instrument “petting zoo,” so if you’ve ever wanted to try a new instrument, now is the time! For our cello players there will be a special cello festival with guest Diana Wuli at the end of July. Stay tuned for more information! Finally, even though you might be gone during the summer for a few weeks, be sure to save your lesson and teacher time. The rapid growth of our school means that your time may not be available if you unregister for the summer. We will be setting up makeup credits for as many lessons as you might need for weeks you are gone during the summer! Let’s keep making music! –Christopher Scherer Director

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