Sea Foam: Beaufort Symphony Orchestra viola player's enthusiasm for music boundless

info@islandpacket.comFebruary 27, 2012 

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Thanks to Barbara Temple for sharing the story behind a member of the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra, whose next performances are Thursday and Sunday.

Barbara writes:

I am so pleased to be writing about a young woman whose self-direction, talent and vibrant personality are truly astounding.

Ami Rabinowitz is a 24-year-old viola player in the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra. She also teaches strings in several area schools, including Riverview Charter School, May River Montessori and E.C. Montessori, and runs a private studio with students ages 2 to 60.

Ami is a remarkable young woman whose enthusiasm for sharing her love of music appears boundless.

Ami teaches the Suzuki method, is certified in Musik Garten and this year will be taking lessons herself in the acclaimed O'Connor Method. This is in addition to going to Indiana University this summer to study with the renowned pedagogue, Mimi Zweig.

Ami was born in Green Bay, Wis., and moved to Columbia at age 6 to live with her grandparents. She first took up the viola at age 9 when the University of South Carolina Strings Project went to the area schools to teach interested children. A few years later she was a member of a South Carolina Youth Philharmonic and knew what she wanted for her life's work.

At age 14, Ami's grandparents moved to Beaufort. She credits her grandparents, who were not musical, for keeping her focused. This focus helped her to be accepted to the Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville from which she graduated in viola performance.

After graduation, Ami attended the Hartt Conservatory of Music in Hartford, Conn., to study viola performance and music education, before settling again in Beaufort.

In 2002, Ami joined the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra and also played with the Beaufort Youth Orchestra. She still helps with the string section of the Youth Orchestra and those who attend the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra concerts will often be entertained by a youth chamber group, Lowcountry String Quartet, coached by Ami.

Ami also teaches and conducts for a pre-Beaufort Youth Orchestra group, helping them to develop the skills needed for auditioning for the Youth Orchestra. This is the First Orchestra, and will begin a new session from 4 to 6 p.m. March 7. They rehearse weekly at Beth Israel Synagogue.

Ami enjoys all kinds of music and people may hear her playing around town with various jazz, folk and rock groups.

Ami Rabinowitz is a young woman with a plan. She wants one day to open her own school of music as a nonprofit organization so she can raise funds to enable children of all socioeconomic classes to attend. Ami's dream is for all children to experience the early influences she did so they may play an instrument, or simply appreciate the wonderful world of music.

Beaufort is privileged to have Ami living and working here.

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