Oregon Music Teachers Association Benefit Recital: Broadway, Movies & Fun! fundraiser for young piano students
Lincoln County Oregon Music Teachers Association will present an afternoon benefit concert for the Suzanne Brown Student Aid Fund and the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts Capital Campaign on Sunday, February 25th at 2 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W. Olive Street in Newport. Admission is by donation of any amount. There will be a reception with the artists after the concert.
“The Spotlight Concerts are the primary means of funding our scholarships,” says Christine McKenney,” treasurer of the local district. “Our Student Aid Fund supplies money for tuition, books, or event fees for students who otherwise would not be able to take private lessons from experienced and qualified teachers. Over the past eighteen years over $15,000 has been given to many students, usually as partial help for tuition. We want everyone to know just how much their support matters. Without that help these students would be lost.
In addition, this year we are supporting OCCA’s effort to make further improvements to the Performing Arts Center. The latest campaign will give us a new storage and practice room for both grand pianos. This will greatly improve our ability to use these wonderful instruments.”
The performers in this year’s concert will include eight teacher members of OMTA, and three guests. “We have two members who have never performed with us on stage before, Donna Olson and Tonia Storm. Olson live and teaches in Lincoln City have moved recently from Washington state. Storm lives in Toledo and is our newest member.” Olson and Storm will be joined by OMTA members, Cathy Champion-Predmore, Christine McKenney, Andrea Roesel, Mary Lee Scoville, Jessie Treon, and Rita Warton.
Guest performers are Akia Woods, Brian Haggerty, and Sara Coxen, all well known members of the vibrant theatre companies in Newport. Both Woods and Haggerty have been in many of the Spotlight concerts, but this will be Coxen’s first appearance in an OMTA event. The program includes numbers written by great American composers like George Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichel, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
There will also be a surprise ending featuring the piano quartet. “We love performing with our talented theater colleagues,” says Jessie Treon, OMTA member. “We look forward to a quality, lighthearted hour of music on this upcoming wintry Sunday. We know our community will turn out to support OMTA and OCCA and thus support the arts for the Oregon Coast for years to come.”
For more information about the concert call Treon at 541/563-4183. For information about OMTA, please call Tiffany Jefferson, president of Lincoln County OMTA, at 541/336-5951. Other activities and membership of Lincoln County OMTA can be viewed at www.lincolncountyomta.org or on Facebook, Lincoln County Oregon Music Teachers Association.