(Sarasota, FL) The board of directors of the Woman’s Exchange, Inc., recently awarded The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast (PMP/Suncoast) a $15,000 grant to fund the organization’s Education Outreach Program. PMP/Suncoast’s development director, Margaret Ann Behrends, explains that the three-week, in-school residency is entirely funded by PMP/Suncoast through grants, sponsorships and individual patrons.
“We’re honored that the Woman’s Exchange has acknowledged this program again this year with such a generous grant,” says Behrends. “Thanks to the grant we received from the Woman’s Exchange last year, our in-school residency program reached nearly 4,000 local students. This is a wonderful way to celebrate the advent of our 10th anniversary!”
Now in its fifth year, PMP/Suncoast’s Education Outreach Program brings professional teaching musicians, alumni of The Perlman Music Program, into area schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties during three separate one-week residencies. Members of the acclaimed Ariel Quartet were the artists-in-residence for the 2012-2013 season and will return for the 2013-2014 season during October, February and May to present interactive performances and hands-on training for area music students and their teachers.
Behrends explains that the program served 23 schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels during the 2012-2013 season. “Our Education Outreach Program provides area music students and educators the rare opportunity to witness the creative process up close and to interact with professional musicians on a personal level. Some students may decide to further their music studies—all will leave these sessions better informed, and perhaps more passionate, about classical music. This approach is the raison d’etre of The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast. We’re not simply training classical musicians of tomorrow—we’re building the classical music audiences of the future.”
The PMP/Suncoast Education Outreach Program was launched in October 2009 with the support of The Juilliard School, Columbia University’s Teacher College, Toby and Itzhak Perlman and the faculty of The Perlman Music Program. The program is led by respected education administrator and PMP/Suncoast board member, Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton. Kim Miles, music educator at Bay Haven School for Basics Plus, partners with PMP/Suncoast staff to develop the curriculum packets, connecting musical concepts with academic subjects and Common Core Standards. Owen Bradley, music educator at North Port High School, coordinates residency visits with participating schools.
Elizabeth Power, PMP/Suncoast’s executive director, says the organization is thrilled to receive such a formidable grant. “The Woman’s Exchange consistently empowers our region’s top non-profits to continue doing the good work they do,” says Power. “This generous grant opens a world of possibilities for thousands of area students and educators.”
For more information about The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, visit www.PMPSuncoast.org or contact Elizabeth Power, executive director, 941-955-4942.
- The Ariel Quartet performing at Manatee School for the Arts
- The Ariel Quartet performs a free public concert, as part of the Emerging Artists Performance Series, at Church of the Palms
- Fran Lambert (board president, The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast), Karen Koblenz (executive director, Woman’s Exchange), Elizabeth Power (executive director, The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast).
- Margaret Ann Behrends (development director, The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast), Jules Rose (board member, The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast).
ABOUT THE PERLMAN MUSIC PROGRAM/SUNCOAST
The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast was established in May 2008 as an independent non-profit organization with the mission to provide operational stability and funding support for a permanent Sarasota winter residency for The Perlman Music Program. Founded by Toby Perlman, and with world-renowned faculty members led by her husband, internationally acclaimed violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman, The Perlman Music Program augments its seven-week summer program in Shelter Island, NY, with a two-week intensive winter residency each December in Sarasota, in partnership with University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee. The residency provides valuable mentoring and performance opportunities for young string musicians, ages 12-20, and a rich opportunity for community audiences to experience the magic of musical mentoring during more than 20 free events on the University of South Florida’s Sarasota-Manatee campus. The program culminates with a “Celebration Concert,” featuring Itzhak Perlman directing the PMP String Orchestra.
The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast recently expanded its program offerings to include a year-round Education Outreach Program, which brings PMP alumni, who are now professional musicians, into elementary, middle and high schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties. These curriculum-based, in-school experiences include interactive performances and hands-on training for students and teachers. These acclaimed musicians also present free and low-cost concerts throughout the year as part of PMP/Suncoast’s Emerging Artists Performance Series. For more information, visit www.PMPSuncoast.org.