Spotlight on the Teachers concert set

Ramona Goddard, although a long-time member of the Oregon Music Teachers Association, will be performing for the first time at OMTA’s fall Spotlight on the Teachers benefit concert, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts Center. (Courtesy photo)

The fall Spotlight on the Teachers benefit concert, “Classics You Love,” will be presented by the Lincoln County District of the Oregon Music Teachers Association on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Admission is by donation to the Suzanne Brown Student Aid Fund.

“The spotlight recitals are held twice a year. They are the primary means of support of the scholarship fund,” said Christine McKenney, treasurer of the local district. “We currently have nine students using the scholarship fund. It is used to provide tuition for lessons, books or festival fees for those students whose families cannot afford the full costs of music education.” McKenney said the families contribute what they can, teachers discount their fees and the fund makes up the difference. “As time passes, the expense of these concerts increases,” she said. “We need lots of help to keep these students in lessons and sincerely hope the community will continue to support our efforts.”

This year’s fall concert will feature nine local music teachers, two guest instrumentalists and one guest vocalist.

“Our group of performing teachers is really growing — it’s exciting to have so many joining us on stage,” said OMTA member Jessie Treon. “It’s fun for us to change partners and come up with new combinations of partners,”

Treon said there will be two members new to this year’s concert, although they are not new to OMTA. Grayson Schlosser, who is also an OMTA alumnus, will be performing a Beethoven Bagatelle on piano, adding to the theme “Classics You Love.” Ramona Goddard, who recently moved to the coast but is a longtime OMTA member, will perform “Sonata in F major, Op. 46,” by Dmitri Kabalevsky. Returning to the stage as guests will be Kathy Follett, violin, Walt Hogsett, cello, and Tonia Peterson, voice.

Other performing members include Cathy Champion-Predmore, Diane LaRue, Leatrice Lily, Donna Olson, Mary Lee Scoville, Jessica Treon and Rita Warton.

“This fall’s performers are ready to delight you with ‘Classics You Love,’” said Warton, president of the group. “The great composers represented include Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Debussy, Mahler and Bacharach. With those stars in the lineup, its sure to be a wonderful concert. We always have a lot of fun, and after the music, we have delicious refreshments with all the performers.”

For more information about the concert or the scholarship fund, call Treon at 541-563-4183 or go online at omta-lincolncounty.org or Lincoln County Oregon Music Teachers Association on Facebook.

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