Violist Griffin Gaffney Launches Free Lesson Program

Griffin performs with his quintet on From the Top.

Griffin performs with his quintet on From the Top.

Last year after appearing on From the Top, 17-year-old violist Griffin Gaffney was motivated by the cultural leadership workshop to take action in his community. He was passionate about creating a sustainable free-lesson program for school children in Portland and turned to From the Top as a collaborator and resource. Griffin found a local community center to host his program and organized a benefit concert to raise funds and recruited members of the Portland Youth Philharmonic to teach. Griffin says his program, “Classical Chaps” is “just all about giving that same opportunity that I had to other kids.”

We asked him a few questions about getting his program started: Continue reading


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