Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Rebecca Hutchison
Part 1


Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Rebecca Hutchison was raised in a music-loving home. The daughter of a college professor who spent thirty-five years on the campuses of University of North Carolina and Winona State University, Rebecca was a serious piano student who practiced several hours a day. After attending the University of Minnesota, she and her husband lived four years in Texas and eight years in California, but chose to return to Minnesota to raise their family. At the time of their return to Minnesota the Hutchisons debated buying property in Edina or in the Wayzata Public School District. It was the unique elementary string program that drew them to Wayzata, and at the time of the interview sons Adam, Connor and Max were studying violin, cello and viola, respectively. In addition to attending her sons' school lessons and functioning as the home teacher, Becky served as the Strings Coordinator for Kimberly Lane Elementary School and as a co-chair for the Booster Parents Board. Because of her own immersion in music as a student, Becky appreciated the value and importance of the peer involvement that the inclusive Wayzata string program could offer since lessons and orchestra rehearsals took place during the school day. In the summer of 2001 the Hutchison family moved to London, England, and in 2003 relocated again in Massachusetts. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Rebecca Hutchison discusses her family's reasons for moving to Wayzata, describes their participation in the Wayzata string program, in string activities not connected to the school program, and the many advantages the string program offered. She describes earlier reduction and changes to the program and the program's elimination, which was scheduled to occur immediately. Throughout the interview she refers to her own musical upbringing and how it would have been enriched through the opportunities offered by Wayzata elementary strings.
Quantity 1.5 hours sound cassette
18 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 00:41:13 running time
Creation Interviewer: Weber, Lynne
Interviewee: Hutchison, Rebecca
Made in Medina, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Medina, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 06/06/2001
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 109
Accession Number AV2007.12.18
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project'

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