Warm Springs, VA
Amount Requested: $2,900 for Teaching Space at The Highland Center and Highland County Student Scholarships
Mission: To share, explore, and celebrate the infinite variety of chamber music in an intimate setting of natural beauty. This mission is nourished and sustained through high-quality performances, educational programs, and personal interaction among musicians and guests. In addition to public concerts, our education programs include the Summer Student Fellowship Program (ages 18-26), the Amateur Chamber Music Workshop for adults, and the Allegheny Mountain String Project which provides a comprehensive string education program to school age students within driving distance of a teaching center.
Constituents Served: Though Garth Newel Music Center presents concerts where everyone is able to attend, this request is specifically for an educational program, the Allegheny Mountain String Project [AMSP]. This program provides string education to any young person of school age who is in driving distance of one of our education centers. We currently have students in Highland County, Bath County, and Alleghany County. The AMSP had over 50 students participate in the 2014-2015 school year. Students of almost every age, ranging from 3 to 16 years old, were represented. During the year, the AMSP students perform four formal concerts: including one in each community served. The concerts are free and open to the public, with an average of 100 in attendance. In addition, the music students preform at community events such as the Highland Fair Parade, Maple Festival, and Farmers Markets, and for civic groups such as the Ruritan Club, where many enjoy the music shared.
Program Overview: This request for the Allegheny Mountain String Project includes $1900 for our rental of teaching space and recital venue in The Highland Center (Monterey, VA), and $1000 in scholarships for approximately 4-5 students. We believe having an AMSP teaching studio there is good for the Highland Center, good for the community, and makes sense as our Highland Center facility. The Highland County studio, under the direction of local strings teacher Gretta Sandberg, comprises almost half of the AMSP student population. Highland county students have a greater need of scholarship assistance than in the other countries AMSP serves. Conversely, the least amount of scholarship aid comes from grants and donations in Highland County.
The most important goal of the Allegheny Mountain String Project is to enhance the lives of local young people regardless of social and economic status by providing the only strings program available in the area. Providing a youth string education program also enhances the community as these young people perform locally in concerts (Highland Center each Winter), at festivals (Maple Festival and Monterey Farmers Markets), Parades (Highland Fair Parade each Fall), and in retirement homes, on the local radio station, and at local clubs and churches. To achieve this goal, AMSP must continue to find funding sources that offset the expenses in order to keep the cost of enrollment low for students.
Current Operating Budget: $1,108,137
Program Budget: $105,305 (Allegheny Mountain String Project Program)