The Spotlight on the Teachers Broadway, Movies & Fun concert presented by the Lincoln County District of the Oregon Music Teachers Association will be on Sunday, February 25th at 2 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts Center. “This year’s concert will benefit Oregon Coast Council of the Arts Capital Campaign as well as the Suzanne Brown Student Aid fund,” says Tiffany Jefferson, president of Lincoln County OMTA. “We are all very excited at the new enhancements and expansion planned for the Newport Performing Arts Center.
These planned improvements will greatly facilitate our using of both the grand pianos at the PAC for rehearsing and performing. Our students and members will benefit by having the ability to work on two piano repertoire in the new piano room. Plus, the ability of the PAC to host events simultaneously without sound interference from one room to the other will make it easier for all of us when we perform.” Jefferson also notes that the connection between OMTA and the Newport PAC is essential to the health of OMTA. “Our students grow up using the grand pianos and performing on stage at the PAC. Its an incredible experience for young students and give them great confidence in the community’s support for music.”
The Spotlight on the Teachers concerts have been part of the Lincoln County Arts scene for twenty years. This coincides with the 40th anniversary of OCCA. The Broadway Movies & Fun concerts have only been going on for a few years. These concerts have strengthened the bonds between OMTA and the theatre community. This year’s guest performers include Akia Woods, Sara Coxen, and Brian Haggerty. There will be eight OMTA teachers performing. Three performers hail from Lincoln City: Donna Olson, Andrea Roesel, and Rita Warton. Cathy Champion-Predmore, Mary Lee Scoville, and Jessica Treon are from Walport. Christine McKenney is from Newport and Tonia Storm, a new member, lives in Toledo. This makes the concert a truly countywide event.
“The program is quite eclectic this year with music ranging from beautiful love songs, to jazz standards and humorous character pieces,” says Jessica Treon. “You cannot beat composers like George Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. We will have singers, pianists, and even a dancer this year. Please join us for a fun hour of music followed by a reception with the players and wonderful refreshments. OCCA and the Sue Brown Scholarship Fund are great beneficiaries in our communities.”
For more information about OMTA or the concert call Jessica Treon 541-563-4183 or go to Lincoln County Oregon Music Teachers at Facebook or our website: www.lincolncountyomta.org . For information about the Capital Campaign Call 541-265-ARTS.