Musicians Encourage Students to Chase Their Dreams

Grammy-award Winning Pacifica Quartet Visits Holliday Montessori


“Music is much like a conversation,” Pacifica Quartet Violinist Austin Hartman says to a gym full of elementary students. “My violin talks to the viola and the result in a song.”

The Pacific Quartet visited Harold Holliday, Sr. Montessori School as part of their visit to Kansas City October 12. Sponsored by the Friends of Chamber Music, Kansas City, the quartet visited the school as part of the educational tour to share their love of music and encourage young musicians to continue in the pursuit of their dreams.

The decision to visit Holliday was pretty simple; the school was one of the first in the city to launch the String Sprouts KC program, a free music education program created to support school readiness. At age three, students begin building the foundation of music through 32 weeks of group violin lessons.

During the visit, Pacifica musicians challenged students to listen for volume changes, asked questions about how the music makes them feel and shared their backgrounds learning to play an instrument. During the visit, the quartet encouraged students to chase their dreams, music, arts, sports or otherwise.

That evening, Pacifica Quartet performed as part of the Friends of Chamber Music’s 2018-2019 concert season. Recognized for its virtuosity and exuberant performance style, over the past two decades the Pacifica Quartet has achieved international recognition as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. Formed in 1994, the Pacifica Quartet quickly won chamber music’s top competitions and has earned multiple Grammy Awards.

The Friends of the Chamber Music are sponsoring additional performance artists in other KCPS schools throughout the remainder of the school year:

  • Stile Antico, Carver Dual Language School, December 18
  • Morgenstern Piano Trio, Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, March 29
  • Atalante, George Melcher Elementary, April 5

For a full list of upcoming concerts, visit their website.