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New orchestra teacher aims to bring students and community together

 

October 16, 2019

Hannah Stewart

Mr. Chen leading his orchestra class in musical scales.

Keynes Chen stands in his small office in the band and orchestra room practicing his violin. His concentration and dedication to his craft are clear to see by the way he holds his violin gently. His voice is soft as he shares his past: an upbringing shaped by violinist parents, beginning to learn the same instrument himself before the age of five, later studying at the University of Colorado Boulder, and eventually starting his own music school before transitioning to teaching orchestra at Niwot High School.

"I started when I was almost four," Chen says. "I just grew up without knowing anyt...



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