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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I just uploaded a new pic of me performing at my deceased beloved friend's funeral David Stephens of Johnston City, IL last Oct 2011 in Marion, IL. I miss David so much. He got to finally hear me play my violin the night of his death. So tragic. Dropped him off at his home after he came over to my home and the morning we got a call he was dead from a heart anareguism (sorry can't spell) another words had a heart attack. I miss him and his little dog, "sugar". He was a wonderful man who would help anybody out if he could very humble, giving person. My mother dated him for years and they kept the relationship a secret. He was like a father to me but mostly a best friend. I asked the family if I could play at his funeral a piece because I know David admired my talent so much. I volunteered and almost cried while playing...who wouldn't? I was very sick that day too had the flu but I loved David so much I did it anyway. Now this event has inspired me to want to play at more events so if you want a violinist at your beloved's funeral or wedding send me a message or call me. Don't worry about money. I will accept donations however. I appreciate the chance to play anytime, anywhere. Music is a passion and I don't like to get money involved really but it would help right now still my heart tells me no and my mind says yes. You  know what I mean? Anyways, I posted the pic of my performance for you guys to see and feel free to comment. I look forward to reading and discussing this special event with you. Thanks! Have a great day!

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Playing Since: 1986
Experience Level: Expert/Professional

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Occupation: Self Employed Violin Teacher, College Student and Caretaker

Gender: Female
Age: 45

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Violin (better at 2nd violin), a little keyboard/piano, vocal 2nd soprano

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too many to list but love Adele, Phil Collins, Mariah Carey, Bach, Mozart, 80's music, 90's music, classical music, love songs, any many more...

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I have been playing the violin since age 8. I was taught in the Wheaton, IL public school system and was taken under the wings of many wonderful teachers and college professors over the years. I was first introducted to the violin by my 4th grade teacher Ms. Cubbon who I credit for my early childhood music development. I went onto Illinois Grade School Music Competitions state level and was awarded numerous medals 5 total (think but have to check, 2 silver, 1 browse and 2 gold). Then in 1992 I auditioned for the Youth Symphony of DuPage before starting 9th grade. I was accepted and enjoyed 4 years of intense study, rehersals and performances with this huge organization in Dupage County, IL. The conductor/director was Meng Kong Tham who was also a college music professor at a university in Chicago. (trying to remember the name...). In the fours years of playing in the Youth Symphony 1993-1997 I also played with the IHSA District Orchestra, High School Orchestra, and played in several musicals orchestra during Freshman and Sophomore year "The Sound of Music" and "My Fair Lady". In 1996, I was awarded a gold medal for State IHSA Competition for a trio (violin, 2nd violin, cello). I was awarded a Senior High School Varisty Letter for Orchestra in 1996 from West Chicago High School, West Chicago, IL. I went to three high schools (Wheaton North, West Chicago High, Wheaton Warrenville South High) and admired all teachers from all three schools. Mr. Fitchuk was my music teacher at both Wheaton High Schools and he had seen great potential in me. Determined to be a professional and play in the Chicago Symphony one day out of high school years I took music courses and played in 1998 with the College of Dupage orchestra for a short time. Due to personal reasons, I moved in 1999 to Beaumont, TX and starting networking and playing at the Lamar University Beaumont facility. I was taken under the wing of a great professor named Dr. Kirk Gilman and played for one year in 2002 with their great Lamar University Orchestra. Unfortuantely, I was denied into the SouthEast Texas Symphony however I became a private at home violin teacher in 2003. I had to move back to IL in 2005 and landed in a great town called Lockport. After searching for new connections and friends I followed a close friends advice to call a local university about their orchestra. After the end of that summer, Fall 2006, I was contacted by Mr. Michael Sundblad director back then and joined the Joliet Symphony at the University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL. I was a member of the Joliet Symphony from 2006-2008. Due to the untimely death of my father in late 2008 I had to move yet again out of that area and landed now currently in Southern IL (Herrin). I have been looking for new students for two years but no regular students yet. Partly the reason is because I am going back to college FT time now and taking care of my mother and new husband and working at home with my small online retail business. I am attempting to merch the two part business now into one. I have networked with several local people and get inquiries occasionally to teach children or fiddle but have not been blessed with a student yet. I still have openings to lessons for 1 or 2 people. I prefer to teach from my location but will travel as needed. I have affordable rates and running a special for September! Please visit my company website (Creative Beyond Life) for more information, email me, message me here on Fiddle Hangout or call me at my local number: 618-942-3680. Or text or call my cell at 618-727-0820. My fax number is limited to incoming right now due to scanner broke. Skype not working either. I had to also disconnect my old website and business toll free number due to financial problems. However, I got a great new free website from wix check it out! Sorry for the inconviences otherwise. Thank you for reading my bio and I look forward to speaking with you soon! Have a great day! Sincerely, Lucinda Kerrigan

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