Lisa Badal grew up in Westminster in a musical family. By age 8 she was playing both the piano and the violin. She played both instruments competitively throughout her childhood.

When she went to school at Brigham Young University he majored in Music Education with the violin as her main instrument.

To her shock, when she returned to Colorado about 7 years ago she discovered there were no orchestra programs in the 27J school district. She turned to her husband and said, “One day I will change that.”

Several years passed, and I started accompanying the choirs at Prairie View High School.  Through my involvement with the school system, I learned that many teachers had tried to start orchestra programs, but when the middle school would start something, it would fizzle out because there were no orchestras in the high school, so why even bother?  Then the high school tried to start something, but there was no feeder program in the middle school, so why bother?  It became clear that we just had to start somewhere. Then 27J announced that we would be switching to a 4-day schedule and that students would have Monday off.  I thought, “This is our opportunity.  There will be a whole district full of kids with nothing to do on Mondays, and I can teach them to play string instruments.”

Lisa Badal

That effort led to this unique interview with the local CBS affiliate:

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