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Celebrate the Song – A Birthday to Remember

Celebrate the Song, what a special night! My 40th birthday was capped off by rousing interpretations of jazz standards, traditional blues, and musical theatre/opera selections, all to benefit young and aspiring musicians in our community. Cristina and Audrey made us laugh and cry through songs of friendship, home-sickness, and sisterly love. McMenamins – St. Johns Theater & Pub turned out to be an ideal venue, offering a laid back and casual atmosphere for this ambitious fundraising endeavor. It was the spirit and energy of all in attendance that helped us surpass our fundraising goal. In fact, we have raised over $750 for the Musical Theatre Workshop Scholarship Fund and are looking forward to awarding eager young students the gift of music in the next two months.

We were proud to showcase our Leadership Program through two former volunteers, Abraham Hardy and Siobhan Lieuallen, both two-time Leaders. The ability to retain talent like Abraham and Siobhan is a testament to the powerful experience of inter-generational learning. We will use the very positive feedback to improve the training for future Leaders.

Perhaps the most promising result of Celebrate the Song was the subsequent discussion of monthly performances to benefit our scholarship program. This would offer Cathedral Park Music more flexibility in distributing the funds for a variety of classes, such as, Children’s Choir, Music and Movement for Early Childhood, and ongoing Musical Theatre, which would reach a more diverse audience of students. Our goal remains alleviating any and all financial barriers to accessing music training.

Finally, ideas are flowing as the anticipation of organizing future benefit concerts takes hold. Opera & Musical Theatre Scenes for Kids, Choir Showcases, Art Songs, are just a few of our initial thoughts and we would be delighted to hear from you. We have a network of professional musicians and aspiring students who are ready to perform for the benefit of our beautiful St. Johns community.

Any thoughts, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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