About Becky C.
I come from a musical family (I play flute), and I raised a musical family. My Mother always donates to musicians on the street because she worries about her far away musical son in Berlin, Germany not making enough money himself.
I have Civil Engineering degrees from UC Berkeley and Cornell University. After working in the engineering field for well over a decade, I raised 2 outstanding children and volunteered in the community.
One day, I was walking thru the craft store and saw a button that looked like a violin chin rest. Coming from a lifetime obsession of violins, my mind whirled with the idea to create artsy violin purses. Recreating the colorful textures of the sound and the beautiful grainy wood carved into the curvy instrument using leather or velvet and beads and buttons satisfied the artist in me. They were art pieces, but with my engineering background, I was driven to also make them practical. In the end, the little bags became both artsy purses and practical gig bags for musicians. The idea morphed into crafting other instrument bags.
Several of my violins were created in collaboration with stories by my musician brother, Paul Brody (as seen in Featured Violin Purses). After one of the “storied” violin creations won placement in the Tyson McGee Airport Exhibition in Spring 2015, I became inspired to create stories with art. This morphed in 2 directions. Creating whimsical music themed acrylic paintings to turn in to greeting cards and posters (including themes such as "Practice Tips", "Seize the Opportunity to Play", "Asian Instruments"...) as seen in our constantly expanding new card and poster selection, and creating 3D “collages” (Both found in Music Art). There are many more pieces waiting to burst into creation, such as a “Vanishing Symphony” 3D tapestry.
Violettes by Becky is a pay it forward company, to date spending all resources on giving back to youth music education causes (See Support of the Arts). Most significant is the Violettes by Becky Annual Youth Composition and Songwriter Competition. The competition is national serving students ages 10 thru 18. The children who enter are given constructive encouraging feedback on the compositions and songs in addition to certificates and placement prizes. There are 2 categories (composition and songwriting) each divided into 2 age groups for judgement of prizes.
We are in our 4rth year of the Annual Youth Composition and Songwriter Competition 2016/17. Last year, in addition to our very polished contestants, there were 3 inner city arts school classes involved located in Oakland, CA, Flushing, New York and Philadelphia, PA. One entered garage band compositions created on the computer from 26 students, the other challenged students to enter original songs, and the 3rd used the classroom time to work on judging entries from other students as a class project. We make room in our competition to judge the entries from each student, giving encouraging constructive feedback. For the inner city schools, we do separate judging and prizes to give them support and recognition. The teachers tell us this is invaluable. It is so rewarding to help these creative music teachers give students recognition, confidence and encouragement.
Please support our awesome work by donating towards the competition funding or purchasing products. (See donation box on homepage.) You will be recognized on our support the arts page or/and in an interview blog if you like). Or contact us at RMChaffee1@comcast.net if you would like to make a 501(C) donation diretly to one of our participating schools. I have talked to each teacher personally, and can attest that they are doing outstanding work on very limited budgets.