High school receives cello from former orchestra student

Among the many donations listed for approval by the school board at their Nov. 1 meeting was a cello valued at $800.

“One full-size cello for in-school usage for cello students under direction of David Livermore” was donated by Burnsville resident Jenny Canine.

Turns out Jenny is a 2004 FLHS graduate who played violin in the orchestra. She was in the first class that studied under David Livermore for all three years of high school.

After getting a master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks, Jenny moved back to the Twin Cities. She is now a clinical research associate at RCRI in St. Louis Park.

Jenny maintains her violin skills, and although she’s not in an orchestra now, she plays the violin for church and community events. She plays “everything from classical to bluegrass” and named Itzhak Perlman as her favorite violinist.

She also has some cello experience, but said she is too busy now to become a serious cellist: “I don’t have time to learn, and since I moved, I don’t have the space.”

Jenny bought the cello from her brother Daniel Canine, who played it in high school.

Do you have an instrument to donate?

Livermore said cellos are always welcome at the high school. “If you’ve got an instrument, we can put it to work,” he said.

Kristine Granias, junior high orchestra conductor, said “We always welcome donations.”

Granias said the school has received several donations through Play It Forward, the statewide musical instrument drive sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio and the Minnesota Music Educators Association.

String instruments (violins, violas, cellos, and string bass) can be donated directly to the school orchestra program. The orchestra does not accept guitars.

The school has had enough donations through the years that any sixth-grader who wants to be in the orchestra can be, Granias said.