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Spotlight on the Teachers Concert: A Piano Extravaganza

The Lincoln County District of the Oregon Music Teachers Association will once again take to the stage on Sunday, September 26th, at 2 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Admission is by donation to the Suzanne Brown Student Aid Fund. “Our last performance was in February of 2020 and we are looking forward to being on stage again,” says Cathy Champion-Predmore co-president of the local district. Because of the pandemic there will be no singing at the concert. Thus, it is dubbed A Piano Extravaganza.

There will be two guest performers, Mindy Simon on viola and Evelyn Archer on bassoon, but they will be accompanied by piano. Pianists on the program include Ramona Goddard, (Newport) Mary Morganti, (Florence) Donna Olson, (Lincoln City) Andrea Roesel, (Lincoln City) Mary Lee Scoville, (Waldport) Jessica Treon, (Seal Rock) and Rita Warton, (Lincoln City). The pianists will perform solos, as well as four-hand duets, and two piano duos. Composers on the program include Brahms, Debussy, Ravel, Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Rachmaninoff, plus a few lesser-known composers.

The concert proceeds sustain the Suzanne Brown Scholarship fund. The fund is designed to keep students from families who cannot afford the full costs of music education in lessons. The fund can be used to pay tuition, buy books, pay for festival fees or any other music related expense. The family contributes what they can, teachers discount their fees, and the fund makes up the difference. “As time passes, the expense of these concerts increases. We need lots of help to keep these students in lessons and we sincerely hope the community will continue to support our efforts,” says Christine McKenney, treasurer of the local district. “The concert will last about an hour with no breaks to keep exposure to Covid at a minimum. We will come out after our performance as we always do, but again to keep low exposure, there will be no refreshments,” says Jessica Treon. “We will also be observing the OCCA COVID policy which includes masks for all patrons and performers, and proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the program. This includes children under 12. In spite of these requirements, we are determined to have our usual spirited performance and bring live music back to the community. Please join us!”

For more information about the concert or the scholarship fund call Jessica Treon 541-563-4183 or visit our website omta-lincolncounty.org or Lincoln County Oregon Music Teachers Association on Facebook.

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