The Teays Valley Strings
Teays Valley Strings

Putnam Rotary hears string students in Thanksgiving Concert

November 14, 2017

Dunlap / Tarr
Guests for the Teays Valley Strings Thanksgiving Concert today were Andrew H. Dunlap (left) and Eric J. Tarr. Dr. Tarr is a Physical Therapist in Barboursville. Dunlap is Executive Director of the Putnam County Development Authority.

Putnam Rotarians celebrated Thanksgiving early again this year with a special concert by the Teays Valley Strings.

The visit of parents and students to the Rotary luncheon in November has become an annual event since 2012 . The strings group is conducted by retired music professor Dr. Frederick Meyer.

Meyer organized the group in 2006, teaching cello and violin to Putnam children. "Our purpose is to have a nice little orchestra," he has said.

He teaches four or five days a week as a volunteer. There is no tuition charge, and instruments and music books are provided at no cost to students.

All grade levels are welcome to participate as space is available. That includes private and home-schooled youngsters.

"It's fun," he told Putnam Rotarians. "It increases mental aptitude, it teaches discipline, fosters a sense of achievement, relieves stress, and increases cooperation."

The Rotary Club has obtained grants for purchase of instruments which come in a variety of sizes to accommodate youthful fingers. Students trade up as they grow older.

In recent years, the Putnam public school district has authorized a modest stipend for Dr. Meyer as a music coach.

If you are interested in enrolling your child in the program,
please contact Dr. Fred Meyer at

Enrollment depends on availability
of instruments and instruction schedule.

George Six
Rotarian George Six receives instruction on violin technique.

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