Mountain Top Strings Europe Tour 2013

Hello family and friends,


I am excited to share about an amazing opportunity I will be a part of next summer.


As many of you know, I have been playing the cello for six years since fifth grade. I have been a part of the Steve G. Mihaylo Strings Program here in Big Bear, a program that has distinguished itself over the years. Most recently our high school group, of which I am a member, earned a first place award at the Forum Invitational Music Festival in Fullerton, California. At the same festival our middle school group earned a second place award. The festival invites participating groups from all over California, as well as some from Nevada and Arizona. We won performing "Sakura, Sakura," "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," and the Bach double-concerto for violin, first movement. The "Bach Double," as it is known, features a cello ostinato that is considered extremely challenging. I was the lone cellist playing that part. It was not easy, but I tackled it and conquered it. Needless to say, my experience with the string program has been very exciting and rewarding.


Our director, Sharon Rizzo has been dreaming of taking a group of students on a tour of Europe for many years.


Well, that dream is coming true. I am part of a group of middle and high school strings students from Big Bear and Arrowhead, California who will be taking a 12-day musical performance tour of Italy and Austria in the summer of 2013. We will be performing in Cremona, Italy, and Salzburg and Vienna, Austria. Our tour is being coordinated through Casterbridge Tours (


Here is where you come in. The entire tour (including air fare, lodging, two meals a day, ground transportation, and all other fees) comes to about $4,000. My parents and I have already deposited $500 toward the cost of the tour and they are planning on contributing more each month. I am asking for help from you to help cover the remaining amount. The due date is January 2013.


Please consider helping me out by contributing through this site - Contributions to my trip are NOT tax deductible. You may also mail checks payable to me at the address below. I have set up a special saving account for my Europe trip and the money will be deposited there.


I will update you on the progress of my fund raising and of course will let you know how the trip goes and report on the wonderful things I experience because of your generous support.


Thank you for your help,


Spencer Adams

PO Box 6026

Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

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