Cecelia Sharpe aka C#
Will Be Performing For The Sunday Music Bar At The Detroit Institute Of Arts
Sunday December 14, 2014
1 - 4 PM
Cellist Cecelia Sharpe performs classical and jazz standards
URBAN STRINGZ YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Urban Stringz Will Be Performing Tonight
City Connect Detroit
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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URBAN STRINGZ YOUTH ENSEMBLE
WE WILL PERFORM AT THE DETROIT PUBLIC LIBRARY
SATURDAY DEC. 6, 2014
8:30 - 9:30
PLEASE MAKE PLANS TO CELEBRATE NOEL NIGHT WITH US IN MIDTOWN DETROIT!
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Cecelia Sharpe, Founder of Urban Stringz II Youth Ensemble
The music educator found her passion in working with kids, and now she is sharing her love for song and instruments with a youth program in Detroit
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Cecelia Sharpe. That's "C-Sharpe," as she's sometimes called. It's a fitting name for somebody whose life took a melodic path—and, as the founder and conductor at Urban Stringz II Youth Ensemble, she's giving kids a chance to experience the magic of music, too.
Her love for music started early. "That's what I grew up around, as far as listening to music in the house," Sharpe recalls. Her family played everything from Barry White to Queen to Billy Ray Cyrus. "They were always playing music and making sure that I was exposed to a lot of variety of music."
Just before entering fourth grade, Sharpe saw a man playing the cello on TV. Out of the entire orchestra, he stood out. "He looked cool playing it," she says. "I just liked the way the instrument looked."
She was inspired. She joined her school's orchestra, picking up the cello. Later, she joined the Weekend School of Music at Wayne State University and eventually connected with the Dearborn Youth Symphony. She continued to play at the Detroit School of Arts high school, took private lessons and played in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Civic Orchestra.
Her experiences led her to WSU, where she pursued a degree in music education. Here, she discovered people playing all sorts of genres on cello. "That's when I found that you could go beyond classical music."
It came in handy when she taught music at a K-12 school in Detroit. High schoolers new to string instruments just didn't seem to have an interest.
"What I really realized is that they were interested, but they needed something they could relate to"—and that wasn't "Mary Had a Little Lamb," she jokes. Sharpe started teaching them scales in a hip-hop rhythm. They loved it.
For her middle school students who loved playing their instruments, Sharpe created a summer camp she ran out of her mom's house. The songs included popular TV and movie themes. They'd eat and take field trips. "Just exposing them to what Detroit has to offer."
That grew into Urban Stringz II Youth Ensemble, which invites students ages 8-18 of any skill level to participate in a two-week summer camp in Midtown playing string instruments. Students get a taste of performing and have fun learning music from artists like Etta James, J Dilla and Lady Gaga. Meals and field trips are still part of the agenda. The more advanced students stick around through the school year to play at various venues around town. "It's about sharing your talent with others."
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These Kids Are On Fire!!!
Our goal is to "Transform Children One Note At A Time" by offering a fun and educational music experience. Our Urban Stringz II participants are taught to believe in themselves and to reach for excellence in whatever they seek to achieve. In our music program we strive to build supportive bonds and lasting relationships among our youth, as well as, share life-skills for the future. Our students are excited to perform and can always benefit from your support. Feel free to come to a show – take a look at our calendar, or just drop us a line.
Talon aka Talented One Is A Former Urban Stringz II Student
Talon began taking private cello lessons with Ms. Sharpe when he was 14 years old. Growing up in Detroit Talon faced many challenges in his young life but his love for playing his cello gave him an alternative to the negative forces in his community. Ms. Sharpe saw his dedication and commitment to music and took him under her wing, serving as his teacher and mentor. He joined Urban Stringz II Youth Ensemble and has been a part of the USII family ever since. Talon is now attending college in New Jersey (2nd year) and was home the summer of 2013. He worked part-time at Jo-Ann Fabrics while here and played with USII.
Talon's story is truly an example of how music education can transform the life of a child. It highlights the importance of having quality music and art programs available to ALL children.
Thank you to the USII parents that continue to embrace and support our Talented One.
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