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Be a part of the community that will help me purchase my new viola!
Crista Bergendahl
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New York, New York
United States
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NEW PERK ADDED - GREAT HOLIDAY GIFT!  An insiders tour of Juilliard for your family!  Check it out and share with families!


The Project

Welcome to my Indiegogo campaign!  

I am a professional freelance violist living in New York City at an exciting point in my career - I am about to purchase a viola for the first time! The relationship between a string player and their instrument is key - and that relationship is anything but free.

For more than a decade, I was lucky enough to play on a beautiful 19th century French viola on loan from a foundation. I grew up with this instrument and became very emotionally connected to the sound that I produced with it. When I had to return the viola to the foundation, I felt like I was losing a part of myself and my musical voice. I had just completed my Masters at Juilliard and was left without the right instrument to turn my degree into a career.  

Playing viola

I had my heart set on finding the perfect old instrument; one that  was small enough to play on comfortably, with a “small” enough price tag to match. Old instruments cost anywhere from 50 to 100 thousand dollars, all the way up to the millions of dollars. So, I started thinking outside of the box and considered the world of contemporary instruments.  

That is when I discovered Guy Rabut, one of the most respected modern instrument makers. I was immediately enamored with his instruments and decided that I wanted Guy to make me a viola.

The simple goal of this campaign is to crowdfund the purchase of my new Guy Rabut viola.

Crista and Guy

On the most basic level, your contributions will help me purchase this world class instrument that will grow with me throughout my career. But on a more significant level, this campaign will connect me to all of you: friends, family, colleagues and even some total strangers that may choose to be a part of this musical journey.  

What You Get Out of This

For each contribution, I am offering different perks. Check out the right side of this screen to figure out what level suits you best!  

The Impact

I hope this campaign encourages other classical musicians to tap into their networks to fund instrument purchases and other creative projects. Even though classical music is an old and slowly evolving field, musicians should still actively use new technology to advance their careers.

Music is a living, breathing, constantly evolving creation and only a small percentage of the artistic process actually happens on the stage. By unlocking the creative process to family, friends and fans, there is endless potential to develop deeper relationships and break down stale business models.  

Other Ways You Can Help

If you cannot contribute at this time, please spread the word to music lovers, students and friends. Post a link to this page on Facebook, Twitter, Google+.  Anywhere!  

Thank you very much, and let’s get funding!  

Special Thanks

I would like to thank Guy Rabut for being so generous with his time and so enthusiastic about this project. And an extra special thanks to Eric Paternot for shooting, directing and producing my campaign video.

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This campaign ended on December 19, 2012
Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    Mini Crista Channel!

    For those who want to show your support and still get something in return - a $5 perk! This was requested by an eager Redditor who wanted to be involved. You will receive the first track from my Crista Channel subscription recording.

    12 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $10USD
    Good Karma & My Appreciation!

    You will receive a digital thank you note and a high resolution digital image of me playing my new viola. I will also list your name on a "Generous Benefactors" page on my website.

    26 claimed
  • $25USD
    Welcome to the Crista Channel

    This is where it gets exciting: you will be a subscriber to the Crista Channel. Each month I will record a track and make it available for you to listen online or download. At the end of the year you will have a full CD of viola music - what could possibly be better? I will also include an analysis of my repertoire and let you know how the viola is developing. This perk is great for those looking to learn more about classical music! Plus all perks of lesser value.

    59 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $50USD
    Guy Rabut, what a guy!

    Ever wonder what it takes to give a block of wood the ability to produce beautiful music? At this level, you will have access to a digital download of a mini-doc produced by the fantastic Eric Paternot. This mini-doc will provide a window into Guy Rabut’s workshop – a behind the scenes look into the world of one of today’s instrument making experts. Plus all perks of lesser value.

    27 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2013
  • $60USD
    NEW: Family pass to Juilliard!

    GREAT GIFT! A family invitation to Juilliard Pre-College. Let young artists inspire your children with this fun & educational peek into Juilliard. Pass includes: School tour with personal anecdotes and Q&A / Observe an orchestra rehearsal to see concert prep / Attend a solo recital in an intimate concert hall / Relax and refresh at the Juilliard cafeteria / Tickets to Pre-College Orchestra concert at Lincoln Center's P.J. Sharp Theater. Choice of Sat. days sprin

    2 claimed
  • $80USD
    Early Bird Lessons

    LIMITED TIME OFFER! This perk entitles you to an hour-long violin or viola session with me over Skype. This is a great holiday present for a young musician anywhere in the world (beginner to advanced players welcome) with a high speed Internet connection available. This price (reg. $100) is ONLY available for the first 10 lessons sold. Plus all perks of lesser value.

    3 out of 10 claimed
  • $100USD
    Private Lessons

    This perk entitles you to an hour-long violin or viola session over Skype. This is a great holiday present for a young violinist or violist anywhere in the world (beginner to advanced players welcome) with a high speed internet connection available. To purchase multiple lessons, please add $100 to your contribution for each additional lesson. Limited supply of 30 sessions, only available at this tier. Plus all perks of lesser value.

    8 out of 30 claimed
  • $200USD
    A Night Out

    You will receive a pair of tickets to a private New York City salon recital featuring solo and chamber music in a small and intimate venue. I will be performing with my closest friends who also happen to be some of the best young musicians NYC has to offer. Limited supply of 80 tickets, limited to this tier only. Plus all perks of lesser value (excluding Private Lessons).

    10 out of 40 claimed
  • $400USD
    Rock & Roll... viola style!

    Together, we will first select one of your favorite pop songs. I will then work with my friends to arrange and record a unique string rendition just for you. Limited to this tier only. Plus all perks of lesser value (excluding Private Lessons and A Night Out).

    6 claimed
  • $1,500USD
    Patron of the Arts

    Enjoy a private concert in the NY area or any mutually agreed upon location in the US or abroad. Invite your friends, your family… anyone you like! We will choose a date together and plan a unique program for your audience. Purchase this perk for yourself, or gift it to a fellow music lover. Plus all perks of lesser value (excluding Private Lessons and Rock and Roll).

    5 claimed
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