Retired Duneland School Corporation Director of Music Education, Tom Schnable hasn’t left music or his orchestra students behind. A free-lance cellist for over 30 years, Tom has opened a new door for former string orchestra players to pull out their bows and play music once again.
Using social media, a callout to string players began to form an amateur string orchestra that would rehearse weekly with the end goal of the pleasure of playing once again and performing at community venues. Essential to the success of the group, was finding a location to rehearse and that is where Pines Village stepped in. Tom’s mother in law and violinist, Marge Harvey is a resident at Pines Village so he was aware of the Celebration Center that is the gathering spot for educational, cultural and musical programs. A perfect fit to hold the weekly rehearsals and the added benefit for Pines Village residents to enjoy weekly orchestra music.
This project was also a match with Porter County Community Foundation’s, Sparking the Arts Grants. Established in 2014, the annual grants promote public performances or displays of art works in Porter County; enhance the capacity of arts organizations and the arts community; promote artistic quality; foster and support local talent of all ages through art organizations; and inspire community pride. Pines Village was recently awarded a Sparking the Arts Grant that will fund the purchase of armless chairs for the Rusty Strings weekly rehearsals.
With more than 40 string players in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, the rehearsals began in October. As the holiday season rapidly approaches, the orchestra is gearing up to perform a concert at Pines Village to ring in the Holiday Season. Follow the group on their Facebook page, NWI Indiana Rusty Strings.