Concert in the... Early Childhood Commons!
Concert in the... Early Childhood Commons!
Ranae Butler, Fine Arts Department Chair

This morning's cool weather warranted a change of venue: Our Concert in the Garden event was temporarily re-named "Concert in the Early Childhood Commons"! But the children's bright smiles and the musicians' full notes warmed the halls and made for a magnificent concert nonetheless.

This was the second installment of Concert in Lily's Garden, and this year, it was part of National Arts in Education Week. The performance featured Judas Maccabeus by Handel, a Tarantella by Squire, Themes from Symphony 9 by Beethoven, and a double concerto for two Violins by Vivaldi. Bringing music of the highest caliber to our youngest Early Childhood students is a part of our commitment to igniting a passion for the arts in each student.

The performance included Colleen Tan, an orchestra teacher at Canterbury School and a performer with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and her husband, Timothy Tan, a member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Their daughters, Melissa (Grade 3) and Maria (Grade 6) also joined. Colleen, Timothy and Melissa played the violin, and Maria played the cello.

Prior to performing with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Colleen performed with the Cincinnati Ballet, the Washington Concert Opera, and the West Virginia Symphony. Colleen earned degrees at Catholic University and Cincinnati Conservatory.

Timothy entered the North Carolina School of the Arts as a 7-year-old violinist and performed a solo concerto tour of North Carolina while a youngster. He continued his education at Boston University and Carnegie Mellon University and became concertmaster of the National Orchestra Institute and other festivals. He performed with the Charlotte, Indianapolis, and Nashville Symphonies before joining the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

Together, Colleen and Timothy regularly perform in String Shift and Big Sky Festival, as well as duo appearances. When not in Fort Wayne, the couple comprise half of the Lake String Quartet, the ensemble in residence for Yellowstone National Park.

Maria performs with the Canterbury Middle School and Chamber Orchestras, as well as the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Symphony. The youngest Tan, Melissa, has been performing with her sister in gigs for her famous Yellowstone tea parties and was delighted to make her first ensemble appearance at Canterbury School. Both daughters enjoy swimming, hiking, and lots of books.