Friday, July 12, 2019 by Chrissy Misso | Challenge
Did you know the studio is a drop-off location for Running Start?!? (Maybe you've seen the bucket when you've been at the studio...) We are excited to help the kids in our community and would love if you could help them too! We have a studio goal of $200.
You can either bring items to the studio or donate online ☺ (you can get an ENTIRE backpack for a child in need for about $16)! To donate online, go to https://www.roonga.com/chrissysstudio
Thank you, Everyone!
Message from the Olmsted County UW Organiser:
I hope you all had a beautiful 4
of July. We are on week 5 of our Roonga drive and have exactly 14 days left! We are at 16% of our goal fulfilled.
Keep getting the word out as we have thousands of students who are counting on these backpacks for a successful school year. Thank you to our 53 donors thus far, you all have connected them to an important cause.
Like I said, we have 2 weeks left and over 2,000 supplies still to go, so let’s make these last days count! Thank you for all of your help.
Friday, December 21, 2018 by Chrissy Misso | performing
It’s December, which means HOLIDAY MUSIC! We had two groups of students perform at Madonna Towers this month - we received lots of thanks and compliments from parents and Madonna Towers residents!
Fran (Madonna Towers employee) said she was “very impressed by [the] students and surprised that several of them have only been playing for a few months...even those playing for a few years were amazing”! Many of the residents thanked us for visiting them with our music and hope we come again.
We tried out some new performance styles too...a piano trio, Chrissy singing with ukulele back-up, students helped each other with some stage fright (& some parents helping kiddos play), and Madonna Towers residents got to sing-a-long.
We have several violin, ukulele, and violas sitting around and so do some of our students! Here are some things we need to remember as the weather gets COLD! ⛄️ 🥶
Here in Minnesota, the inside air is typically dry during winter, which causes our string instruments to dry out. This drying out is most noticeable on bowed strings with tuning—did you notice your instrument is usually flat?—but all wooden based instruments can experience cracking. Some cracks can be repaired (like those along seems), but others are not (like a crack under your tail piece).
Here are some prevention tips (erm...requirements!): 1. Do NOT leave your instrument in the car 2. Do NOT store your instrument near the heater or vents where the air humidity is especially low. 3. Get a humidifier.
There are some that fit in your instrument through the f-hole of the violin/violin, ones that balance between the strings of the ukulele/guitar, and others that can sit or attach inside your case.
Humidifiers inside the instrument should be checked at least every 3 days, more often whe the outside temperature drops below 15-20 degrees F (more heat is used = more dry air)
Case humidifiers should be checked about every 5-7 days, depending on size, and more frequently when the outside temperature drops as above
We have included links to some of our favourites below.
4. Make sure your case is properly closed - no gaps!