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Local Javacya Arts Conservatory Students Is Selected For Prestigious Assignment!


Itzhak Perlman is actively involved in music education through his work with the Perlman Music Program and at The Juilliard School.”
— Julliard - Media Department

TALLAHASSEE, FL, USA, November 18, 2017 / -- Kenneth Hills is indeed the typical Javacya Arts Conservatory student. For over 36 years, like Kenneth, these students are usually academic scholars, embedded in community service, lead their public school orchestras, spend time during summer months in London, Interlochen, and the Sphinx Performance Academy at Cleveland Institute, Oberlin, and Roosevelt University.

Moreover, they are also committed to pre-college training through the Javacya Arts Conservatory and their leader, conductor, and primary instructor, violinist, Patrice Floyd.

“We only knew of the Perlman Music Program audition dates two weeks’ prior to the deadline, says Floyd, Kenneth’s private violin coach. Kenneth, age 16, is an 11th grade” A” student at Leon High School. His peers attest to the fact that he is vested in becoming his best at everything and very disciplined. He is not only a 1st Violinist in the Javacya Elite Chamber Orchestra, but also the 2nd chair 1st violinist in Leon High School Orchestra. He also has other musical commitments in the city, including playing at church. If encouraged, Kenneth will rise to any occasion “…that’s what I like about him… he is also always smiling as he buckles down to learn, says Patrice Floyd.”

In preparation for the Super Strings concert, Kenneth Hills will travel to multiple rehearsals in Sarasota, FL and perform in the Perlman Super Strings Orchestra, conducted by the maestro himself, Itzhak Perlman, in Sarasota on January 4, 2018.

Javacya is committed to diversity and to creating opportunities in communities throughout the United States. Having founded programs in South Carolina, North and South Georgia, and throughout the state of Florida, since 1981, Javacya Arts Conservatory has always been committed to helping with the problems which limit inclusion in the field of classical music. With prestigious alumni like 6 time Grammy nominated “The Mad Violinist, Josh Henderson (a Ph.D. candidate in violin performance (NYU) and presently abroad with The Warp Trio; flutist extraordinaire, Achia Floyd who holds a master’s in flute performance and a 2nd Master’s Degree in Arts Management; violist Kayla Williams, and violinist Kalon Williams, Kenneth has very devout Javacya alumni to model.

A “tip of the hat” to young Kenneth. He obviously has a bright future and represents himself, his family, Javacya, Leon High School, and the Tallahassee community well. At Javacya, “They’re more than music lessons. They’re life changing experiences.” For more information, visit

Itzhak Perlman

“Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world, who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy for making music. The 2015–16 season commemorated Perlman’s 70th birthday with three album releases and worldwide concert tours. Over the past two decades Perlman has become more actively

involved in music education through his work with the Perlman Music Program and at The Juilliard School. Perlman has been honored with 16 Grammy Awards, four Emmys, a Kennedy

Center Honor, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In November 2015, former President Obama presented Perlman with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, given to individuals who have made meritorious contributions to security, world peace, cultural pursuits, and other significant public and private endeavors.” Julliard - Media Department

Patrice Minor-Floyd
Javacya Arts Conservatory
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