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Education Through Music 30th Anniversary Gala Raises $1 Million To Keep Music Alive In Public Schools

ETM makes music education a reality for 20,000 underserved K-12 students annually.

Education Through Music 30th Anniversary Gala Raises $1 Million To Keep Music Alive In Public Schools

Education Through Music (ETM) (www.etmonline.org) celebrated its 30th Annual Benefit Gala on Monday, June 13, 2022 at Cipriani 42nd Street. The gala included over 400 people and raised over $1M. ETM makes music education a reality for 20,000 underserved K-12 students annually. The first in-person event in three years honored Peter Riguardi, Chairman and President of Jones Lang LaSalle's New York Tri-state Region. Thomas Carroll, a devoted music theater teacher at PS 154, received the Teacher of the Year award. Student Franklin Fortuna was awarded the winner of the Original Composition contest. American opera singer Norm Lewis emceed the event and wowed the crowd of over 400 people with a moving performance of "The Impossible Dream."

Education Through Music 30th Anniversary Gala Raises $1 Million To Keep Music Alive In Public Schools

"ETM was founded 30 years ago to advance equity in NYC schools, driven by the belief that every student deserves access to high-quality music education" said Richard Bernstein, Chair of ETM's Board of Directors. It takes an ensemble of passionate people to ensure our work continues to impact the lives of countless students who would otherwise have no music education at school," he said.

The highlight of the evening, with a standing ovation, was an emotional performance of three songs by 45 choral and orchestral students from MS108. They were joined by Season 11 contestant of The Voice, Wé Mcdonald, who was a guest artist this year for ETM.

Education Through Music 30th Anniversary Gala Raises $1 Million To Keep Music Alive In Public Schools

In his acceptance speech, Riguardi commented, "Music has been an important part of my life and is essential to a well-rounded education. ETM's efforts positively impact a student's social and emotional learning. We need more music not less," he said.

"We are providing children and school communities opportunities to grow, to heal, and most critically at this time, to unite," said Janice Weinman Shorenstein, Executive Director. "This gala brings us together in a common mission to sustain and grow this organization so that we can impact the development of thousands more students who flourish under our teaching and tremendous support," she said

Education Through Music 30th Anniversary Gala Raises $1 Million To Keep Music Alive In Public Schools

About Education Through Music

Founded in 1991, Education Through Music (ETM) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes the use of music in under-resourced schools and schools in disadvantaged areas, as a means of enhancing students' academic performance and general development.

Photo Credit: Ilya S. Savenok



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