Thanks to a collective team effort, an elementary violin student named Kentrell Amerson now has a brand-new instrument. John Knicely reported on the story for 6 News WOWT.
Kentrell attends Howard Kennedy Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska, where he is in the String Sprouts Program in partnership with Omaha Conservatory of Music. Since kindergarten he has been learning to play with a special violin that rests on his right shoulder. “Kentrell is an incredible kid,” said his teacher, Tyler Roberts. “He’s always energetic and smiling and ready to play and have fun.”
Now that he has outgrown the instrument, master luthier Alex Reza set out to build him a custom violin. Because his left hand is not fully developed below the elbow, the lab at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus created a prosthetic device which attaches to his arm and allows him to hold the bow.
His mom was thrilled when they went to UNO to see the prosthetic for the first time. Although it will take some time to get the hang of it, Kentrell is already starting to play his violin independently. With a big smile on his face, Kentrell described it as “awesome.”