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Help me buy this wonderful cello, and I'll do everything I can to use it to serve others.
Emily Wright
District of Columbia, Washington
United States
1 Team Member

Who are you? 

I’m Emily, and I’m a cellist. 

What’s the deal? 

More than anything, I like to help people. It’s why I teach, and write, and feel compelled to use my small niche of influence to put as much good into the world as I can.  

Last summer was hard: the economy thrashed me to the point of selling my cello. It got me through, but only just. A benevolent colleague lent me his second instrument, which I played for the better part of a year. 

Now I’m asking for your help to buy a cello to call my own, a 1938 French instrument that the generous people at the Potter Violin Company have allowed me to keep while I raise the funds. I have already put down an initial deposit, but I need help to raise the remaining amount.    

Why should I help you?

By helping me, you are facilitating:

  1. My livelihood. Teaching and playing. This is a professional level instrument being offered to me at a modest price out of a spirit of generosity and cooperation. 
  2. Charity work. Donating lessons and performances to good causes. A lesser instrument would likely be fine for lessons, but to play at an embassy benefit or other event, my instrument must match the quality of my colleagues. 
  3. Music therapy. Some of my lessons with high-need clients are half cello and half neuro-rehabilitation. It is an incredible privilege to work with these people and their families. 

In addition, for every $50 raised, I will donate an hour of time to one of five local causes, doing whatever they think is most useful. It is central to my life’s mission to serve others in a hands-on way, and to use this campaign as a vehicle for these efforts. 


This is along with my already-extant military and hardship scholarships that will continue to be offered so long as I teach. 

The causes I have selected are: 

TAPS: Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

DC public schools

The Society for Arts in Healthcare

DC Department of Corrections

SOME: So Others Might Eat


Thank you so much for considering donating to my cause. I hope your day is filled with love, peace and cello-y goodness.




Standing ovation to the kind people at Potter Violins, Meg Westberg and the publishers of Strings Magazine, my friends and family, and my darling Alan. You astonish me with your generosity and support. Thank you.  

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  • $11USD
    Thank you!

    I will send a handwritten thank you to every contributor at this level, as well as give a shout out on the FB page and the blog. I know that this is the real world and $11 is not an insignificant amount. It certainly isn't to me.

    2 claimed
  • $23USD
    Stick figure action!

    In addition to the handwritten thank you and mention online, I will draw one of my ridiculous stick figures and send it along. I take requests!

    17 claimed
  • $51USD
    Online Strings subscription!

    In addition to all of the good stuff mentioned before, you'll get an online subscription to Strings Magazine!

    12 claimed
  • $97USD
    Cello-y care package 1.

    In addition to the thank yous and stick figure art, I'll send you a signed copy of my book, A Modern Cellist's Manual. Whee!

    7 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $101USD
    Cello-y care package 2.

    Same as above, except with a subscription to Strings Magazine instead of my book.

    6 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $251USD
    A very cello-y one.

    In addition to the thank yous, get a choice of subscription to Strings or copy of A Modern Cellist's Manual and a 45 minute Skype lesson for you or a friend!

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $499USD
    Uber cello-y one!

    You get a mega thank you, a copy of the book, subscription to Strings and a month of Skype lessons for you or a friend! I may also cry a little bit, from happiness.

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $2,503USD
    Making a difference!

    In addition to a huge thank you and copy of A Modern Cellist's Manual, donors at this level sponsor a scholarship in their name for 6 months of lessons to a deserving young student.

    0 out of 1 claimed
  • $2,503USD
    You and me, for a year.

    In addition to a thank you and copy of A Modern Cellist's Manual, you'll get a year of Skype lessons for you or a friend!

    1 out of 3 claimed
  • $4,999USD
    Your own EP!

    5 songs of your choosing, arranged and recorded by me. Go nuts: Fugazi? Sure. Beatles. Well, of course. Thelonious Monk? With reverence. Let's do this.

    0 out of 1 claimed
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