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SC Arts Commission 40th Anniversary

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Individuals have submitted stories based on their experiences. The Arts Commission has not verified all facts.



Karen Burton

Violin Instructor, Carolina Music Academy
Columbia, S.C


My early experiences with the arts owe much to my mother, Jane Bader. She was a student at the USC School of Music from the mid 1980s until she graduated with her doctorate in 2001. As a student, she was required to go to many recitals, and I went with her to most of them. I was treated to performances by many of the faculty members at USC, as well as guest artists. While most children went around humming children's songs or the pop music of the week, I hummed Beethoven piano concertos, and Mozart sonatas. Even now, 20 years later, I still recognize and remember many of the pieces I listened to her practice for so many hours.


Now that I have two children of my own, I am trying to instill in them the same love of music that my mother did in me. My older daughter has just started learning to play the violin, and has a large repertoire of children's songs she loves to sing. They both just went to their first orchestra concert, and they are looking forward to the Christmas concerts this season.


I currently teach Suzuki violin at Carolina Music Academy, and the abundance of free musical events here in Columbia is instrumental in helping my students experience a variety of musical styles and venues. They can listen to our own S.C. Philharmonic Orchestra, or a USC student recital, or one of the many wonderful church choirs in Columbia. The arts community here truly does a wonderful job of making the arts accessible to everyone.


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