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Date(s) - 10/21/2017
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Carbondale First Christian Church


SI VIOLIN and the HEART STRINGS Violin and Guitar Studio present


 Heart Strings Music Studio is hosting the 5th annual BIG VIOLIN RECITAL and CLASSICAL GUITAR SHOWCASE featuring Bailey Salinero (violin,) Kevin Ginty (classical guitar,) and Jeff Sieth (classical guitar.)  This FREE event will be held on Saturday, October 21 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at the First Christian Church, 306 W. Monroe Street, downtown Carbondale.  30 violinists of the Heart Strings Studio, ages 4 – adult (mostly children,) will be performing.   Doors open at 1:00 pm.  Seating is limited, so come early.  Park across the street, in front of the church.  A reception will follow in the Church basement.  There will be more ensemble music at the reception.

free classical guitar class will be held at 10 am in the church basement, limited to 12 players – no previous experience required.  Everyone is welcome to attend and observe.  The 12 participants in the class may perform in the 1:30 recital with the guitar teachers.  For information or to sign up for the guitar class call 618-579-9128.

Salinero and Ginty are both graduates with performance degrees from the Florida State University at Tallahassee. They have moved recently to the St. Louis area where Salinero has been fulfilling an already full schedule of performances as well as teaching violin for Webster University.  She is from a musical family, her father was a pianist, and has played violin from the age of 5, performing out often by the time that she was in high school. She went on to develop a successful private studio of violinists even while still in college and performed with them often in the Tallahassee area.  She and Ginty will be married this coming spring.

Bailey Salinero, Violinist

Kevin Ginty has recently taken over the position of the executive director of the very active St. Louis Guitar Society and now oversees their School Horizons guitar outreach programs, as well as the concert schedule each year.  His degrees include Performance Guitar (BA) and a Master’s degree in Arts Management. Ginty is exceptionally skilled as a guitarist and tackles difficult and rapid works with an ease that won him first prize at the 2014 inaugural Classical Guitar Competition in Tallahassee. Both he and Salinero will open the Heart Strings BIG RECITAL with 2 short solos with Ginty with playing the famous Rolond Dyens “Tango in Skai”.  They will then conclude the program with their duet pairing of violin and classical guitar music with selections from Paganini and Piazzolla.

Kevin Ginty, classical guitarist

Jeff Sieth is a long time classical guitarist and teacher in the St. Louis area and nationally, and his performances up until recent years have been numerous and often, although he currently is focusing much of this time on the Guitar Horizons outreach program.  Originally, Sieth was from Chicago, Illinois, where he not only studied and played classical guitar, but Flamenco and jazz as well.  He went on to study at the Chicago Conservatory of Music, the University of Illinois, and received his Master’s Degree in Music Performance and Arts from the Arizona State University.  While there, he studied classical guitar under the world renowned guitar teacher, Frank Koonce.  He will play several classical guitar selections from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods of classical music including the works of John Dowland, Manual Ponce and Miguel Llobet.

Jeff Sieth, solo classical guitarist, with the Adams School Guitar Ensemble, St. Louis

Ken Wollberg owns Heart Strings Studio, teaches violin, viola, bowed psaltery and administers a MUSIC TOGETHER program (singing & movement for age 0-5.) He plays in quartet, ensembles, orchestras and at events with students.  Ken began playing violin in 4th grade in Omaha, had lessons through high school and played violin in youth orchestra and the high school orchestra.  He received a BS in Edu. (Concordia, Seward, NE, 1972,) BFA in viola (U. of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, 1980) and MFA in viola (U. of Iowa, 1987.)  Guillermo Perich was Ken’s principal viola professor at Aspen Music Festival, 1979 & -80, and at U. of IL, Urbana, 1988-’90.  Wollberg has had Suzuki teacher training at all book levels and began teaching Suzuki violin about 1974 in Milwaukee.  He has taught in Suzuki programs in Wisconsin, Iowa, Korea and Illinois and has had his own studio in Urbana and now in southern Illinois.   Heart Strings Studio began in 2014 in the annex office building of the First Christian Church in Carbondale.  Ken plays violin in the Southern Illinois Symphony, and the Illinois Symphony.  Recently, he began learning classical guitar from H. Skip Cutting, with intentions to begin teaching it using the Suzuki Guitar method.

The Heart Strings Studio and the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society have teamed up to bring to Southern Illinois a sampling of the St Louis Classical Guitar Society Guitar Horizons outreach program.  This program is now in more than 20 schools in the St. Louis area (57 in Austin, Texas) and growing.  It targets beginning students with no musical or guitar experience.

On Oct. 21 before the Big Recital, anyone of any age (no prior experience required) may come at 10 am to the First Christian annex building and receive instruction from Kevin Ginty and Jeff Sieth, both certified guitar ensemble instructors.  All the guitars and equipment will be provided by the St Louis Classical Guitar Society.  Students need only to bring their enthusiasm to enjoy this wonderful and rare experience.

To sign up for the classical guitar ensemble class, just call the Heart Strings Studio at 618-579-9128 or email  The class is limited to 12 students.