Meet Eight-Year Old Loren Gigi.


Loren performing at the SFJAZZ Center, accompanied by CMC faculty member Katy Luo. Photo: Mieke Strand

Loren performing at the SFJAZZ Center, accompanied by CMC’s Katy Luo. Photo: Mieke Strand

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For eight-year-old violin student Loren Gigi, Community Music Center is more than a place to learn how to play an instrument. It is a place that has taught her to truly appreciate music, to not give up, and to set goals.

Loren hopes one day to join a good orchestra so she can travel the world making music. To prepare for this future, she studies violin with Sin-Tung Chiu at the Richmond District Branch of Community Music Center.

After only two years of study with Sin-Tung, Loren soloed at CMC’s Spring Gala at the SFJAZZ Center last May, where she brought down the house with her poised performance of Allegro by Fiocco. Loren has also participated in Sin-Tung’s violin ensemble in performances with the CMC Children’s Choir. One day soon she hopes to audition for the Junior Bach Festival.

Loren is a third-grader at Jefferson Elementary School. Being still small in size she plays on a half-size violin and bow, which Sin-Tung helped select for her. Loren has two one-hour lessons each week with Sin-Tung and she sometimes increases to four lessons during school breaks. She also participates in Sin-Tung’s Violin Ensemble class, which meets once a week for one hour.

Dedication and curiosity are ignited when students are paired with the right teacher

“Mr. Chiu tells me the secrets that help me play more beautifully. I also enjoy very much the music he teaches me.” says Loren.

Sin-Tung with Loren and her family at the SFJAZZ Center

Sin-Tung with Loren and her family at the SFJAZZ Center

The combination of a good teacher and a supportive family makes for a rewarding musical experience. Says Sin-Tung, “I am struck by the deep love of music and the intense devotion to learning music properly from the Gigi family.”

Loren’s mother, Oxana, plays a big role in helping Loren to prepare for her classes and believes that it is important to expose children to music and all things good.

Loren is one of many students at CMC who benefit from financial assistance. Thanks to generous donors like you, CMC steadfastly maintains its original mission to make music accessible to everyone.

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