James Shines While Playing the Violin

James Pierski is an amazing young man and a budding musician! He has been playing the violin since kindergarten under the direction of Ms. Erin Burley. When Ms. Burley was suddenly diagnosed with cancer last October and was unable to continue her violin lessons, this didn’t stop James. He showed unwavering dedication to the violin and to his beloved violin teacher during her extended absence. Just this past weekend, James attended a fundraiser event for Ms. Burley to raise money for her medical expenses. Together, James and Ms. Burley performed on stage and played beautiful music!

Q. You are a musician. What instrument do you play?

A. I play the violin.

Q. How long have you been practicing?

A. I started playing when I was in Kindergarten, so for two years.

Q. What was the hardest thing to learn when learning how to play the violin?

A. The hardest thing to learn was holding my violin right and keeping my bow straight.

Q. Tell us about your recent fundraiser event you attended? What were funds raised for? 

A. I went to a fundraiser for my violin teacher, Ms. Burley, who has cancer. We raised money for her doctor bills.

Q. What is your favorite song to play? 

A. My favorite songs to play are Silent Night and Take Me Out To The Ballgame. I love to play any song with Ms. Burley.

James is a second grader at Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic School.

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