Free: Over $3000 worth of music - you pay shipping

January 31, 2018, 5:52 PM · After over twenty years of performing and teaching violin and viola I blew out my left arm and can't play anymore and specialists have given me no hope. Naturally I am devastated and am trying to move on and start a new career in...something. Anyway I have, at least, $3000 in pedagogical, solo and beginning quartet music, and historical music books that need a new home. After blowing out my arm I moved to Montana and there is no musical market here for the music and it's to painful to have any reminders around me of what I've lost. I'm willing to ship the music but I am asking you to pay the shipping in advance as I'm only working part time right now and don't have the funds to ship the music.

As to what's included in the music - I haven't gone through the boxes since I moved back in July but I can tell you this: years ago I purchased the entire musical repetoire from a retiring Violin/Viola teacher (Compinsky) from California. I have since added music for teaching including numerous etude books for both instruments. There are numerous solos both standard, rare and modern, tons of chamber music including duets, trios and quartets for young and developing musicians and so much more. There are no play along solo books and only two movie theme type books. There are the first 6 Suzuki books and piano parts as well but Suzuki was only a part of what I chose to teach. Also included are a number (approx. 10) of actual books on teaching, violin history and such. There are also Mozart, Beethoven and many other sonatas.

You won't find most major standard concertos (Barber, Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, etc.) for violin included as I am keeping the music I performed with me for the memories. Anyway those copies are so marked up no one but me would want them. But many of the major concertos for viola are included.

I made my students purchase their own music so the majority of the music is not marked up or lightly marked up in pencil. Some of the music is old but in good shape; I already weeded out any music in rough shape or any that were missing piano parts.

This collection could easily get a new teacher set up but would also fill out anyone's collection as well. I don't care who gets the music but I would ask that whoever takes it would use it. Please don't take it and then let it gather dust.

If you're interested please let me know at

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January 31, 2018, 6:43 PM · Bev, I would seriously be interested in taking that music off your hands. I'm an adult student that would love to make use of it as well as sharing it with our local school where my wife is a music teacher. I'm in Montana and could probably just pick it up. I would definitely treasure a compilation as that!
February 1, 2018, 1:19 AM · Remember that Galamian taught without practically using his violin? Do not lose hope.
February 1, 2018, 5:35 AM · The cellist Jaqueline Du Pre was teaching after her illness prevented her from ever performing again. If teaching is still your intention then do not lose hope, as Pavel said. We still need teachers.
February 1, 2018, 12:27 PM · OHHHHHHH I'm interested. I'm a teacher in California. I'll email you.

I would be curious to look at your shoulder, though, or at least to get some information on it. I'll ask via email.

Edited: February 9, 2018, 3:33 PM · Dear Bev: I am co-organizer of the "Chicago Area Chamber Musicians Meetup Group" with over 480 members about 100 violinists, 50 or so violists and 60 cellists. We are constantly on the lookout for sheet music and volumes of chamber music.

Many of my members are not in a position to afford the chamber music we so desperately need. I usually loan my parts out to string musicians who ask for them.

my email is

Please consider gifting your chamber music collections to our organization ... Thank you kindly for your generous offer ... Ted Kruzich

Edited: February 10, 2018, 8:59 AM · As much as I would love to have all that music, I agree with Ted that it should better go to an organization where the impact can be larger than to an individual's library. In fact, if you decide to separate the chamber music and donate that to Ted's organization, then I'll gladly contribute to the shipping costs.
February 10, 2018, 1:21 PM · Here is in part my email to Bev Saunders:

In our organization We are mainly focusing on Chamber Music and we don't need etude books or string pieces with piano accompaniment.  

In about 6 weeks we are having a Mozart based session of Chamber Music and I will announce a Chamber Music Exchange wherin the participants can choose free Chamber Music which may fit their needs. 

This event will take place in the Spring of 2018 and will be the focus of our Mozart Festival. Of course I would pay for the shipping costs.

Thank you again for your generous offer ... Ted Kruzich co-ordinator " Greater Chicago Chamber Musicians Meetup Group"  

February 13, 2018, 7:36 AM · Bev, we have not heard back from you since you posted your request. I'll send you a separate email using the address you provided. I hope you will consider separating your chamber music and donating that to Ted's organization in Chicago because I think you have an opportunity to make a significant impact there in a community of dedicated music-lovers.
February 25, 2018, 5:12 PM · The Membership of the "Greater Chicago Area Chamber Musicians" are anxiously awaiting your decision in actively advancing your kind offer of dispersing your chamber music to any of the applying membership responders of

We want to thank you for your kind offer and tell you that we are thoroughly thankful and grateful at such a display of generosity.

February 25, 2018, 7:18 PM · What happened to your arm?

I felt really sad reading your post, it's always very sad to read these kind of things. Some people up here are right, plenty of teachers still teach without even grabbing their own instrument. Indeed, my violin teacher many times goes through the full hour without even opening the violin case.

I hope you can get over it and be happy again.

February 26, 2018, 1:53 AM · I also never got a response via email. Perhaps she changed her mind?
February 26, 2018, 8:00 AM · Perhaps she already gave it to the first person that requested it, first come, first serve, isn't it??
Edited: February 26, 2018, 2:00 PM · We don't know. She could separate her collection into categories and give the chamber music to Ted's group and the solo stuff to another person. I would not ask about the details of Bev's injury, as she may be uncomfortable sharing this on a public online forum like this.
Edited: February 27, 2018, 7:42 AM · Here is our Chicago Area Chamber Music Group Photo Gallery.
We currently have about 480 members ... Ted

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