Strings for Cambodia

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A fund-raising campaign to support Cambodia’s Royal University of Fine Arts’ dream to launch a National Symphony Orchestra – the first since the Khmer Rouge Genocide.

We are very pleased by the support we’ve received from the community for the Strings for Cambodia project at Middlesex Community College (MCC). We thank you once again for your generous contribution.

This fund was introduced by Music MCC Professor Johannah Segarich following her participation in a U.S. Department of Education 2010 Fulbright-Hays Group Study Abroad to Cambodia. Professor Segarich led a collaborative initiative with the Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to provide opportunities to preserve traditional Khmer music in both Cambodia and in Lowell, Massachusetts, where one of our college campuses is located. As a result of the Strings for Cambodia campaign enough funds were raised to purchase a Luis and Clark carbon fiber violin. This instrument is far more durable than a wooden instrument and will perform well in the hot and humid climate of Cambodia

Created by Luis Leguia, inventor of carbon fiber string instruments and renowned cellist, this new violin (along with a bow, chin rest, and carrying case) was presented by the participants of the 2015-16 MCC Fulbright-Hays Group Study Abroad to the Royal University of Fine Arts this summer with our best wishes for continued success as RUFA builds a strong modern music program in both traditional Khmer and Western classical music.

This would not be possible without your interest and generosity. We are truly grateful to you.


Last Modified: 9/18/19