A passion for classical music is brewing among students in Vicksburg. Thanks to the devotion and drive of one extraordinary Mississippian, Ruthanne Schnell, violins are making a comeback. Mrs. Schnell's fondness of classical music began at an early age. With a particular interest in stringed instruments, she pursued her passion across the globe to Stuttgart, Germany.
Then came the shattering news. The school district had accumulated a multi-million dollar debt, and Mrs. Schnell's program was abruptly dropped.
With her ever-determined spirit, Mrs. Schnell contacted the Southern Cultural Heritage Complex in Vicksburg. They provided a perfect space, where she began offering violin, cello, and viola lessons to students - completely free of charge!
Every Monday and Friday, Mrs. Schnell drives 15 miles to the Center from her home in Edwards, where she offers group and private lessons. One by one, she teaches young children to properly hold an instrument, glide the bow across the strings, and begin to play.
She is currently sharing her love of music with twenty students, ranging in age from the third through the eleventh grade. Not only are the children benefiting from her time, but she assures it brings her much delight.