A Mouse and a Mole Learn the Violin

Frederico, the Mouse Violinist by Mayra Calvani and Mole Music by David McPhail explore the world of the violin and its literature. Frederico lives in the workshop of the great violin maker Antonio Stradivari. He explores a violin that is being made, showing the students all the different parts of the instrument. A discussion of how the instrument is played follows, with demonstrations of different bowing techniques using familiar tunes. Mole Music is the story of a mole that hears a violinist and wants to learn the instrument. The pictures in the book have excerpts of major musical works, and we see how he progresses with those excerpts. Mole plays underground, thinking he is the only one listening, but the illustrations show how the world around him is affected by his playing. The students are exposed to all the parts of the violin, and music by Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, and other well-known composers.

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Program Details

Appropriate for ages: Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5

Max Audience:
Costs: $360 duo performance


Nova Deco: Nancy Johnson and Dominique Corbeil

Nova Deco is a violin duo formed by Nancy Johnson and Dominique Corbeil in 2009. Wichita Symphony members and stand partners, the two violinists bring considerable experience to their performances along with the joy of playing and collaborating together.

Nancy Johnson has been Principal Second Violin in the Wichita Symphony since 2000. She is also on the faculty of Bethel College in North Newton, teaches private violin students, and performs extensively in the greater Wichita area.

Dominique Corbeil has performed with orchestras in the U.S., Europe and Canada. Currently Ms. Corbeil serves as Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and performs with the Wichita Grand Opera, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. Ms. Corbeil also has a busy teaching studio for violin students of all ages.


Wonderful artistry. Even our music teachers learned some new information.

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Tim Rogers

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