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2 Charlotte middle-schoolers are classical music pioneers

Dec 21, 2015

Winterfield students on to Northwest School of the Arts
By Lawrence Toppman

Sometimes you grab a cello, only to realize it has grabbed you back. Sometimes you pick up a violin and find it has picked you up out of your old life and shown you a new one. Justice Crawford and Nathaniel Nitkin have begun to figure this out.

They're sixth-graders at Northwest School of the Arts, the first young musicians to move to that public magnet school out of a long-running experiment sponsored by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra at Winterfield Elementary.

For the past six years, the CSO has taught after-school classes to kids in grades two through five at the east Charlotte location, where more than three-quarters of the students come from low-income homes.

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