Kretzer Piano Music Foundation To Present The Stuart School Of Music In Concert At CityPlace

Kretzer Piano Music Foundation To Present The Stuart School Of Music In Concert At CityPlaceThe Kretzer Piano Music Foundation's popular MUSIC FOR THE MIND concert series will present The Stuart School of Music in concert on Tuesday, June 19, at 7 pm, in the Harriet Himmel Theatre at CityPlace in West Palm Beach. This concert will launch the school's 17th year of performing in this cultural and historic venue.

The program will showcase honor students of notable faculty members including:

+ Susan Joyce, acclaimed Juilliard concert pianist and Doctorate from University of Miami;

+ William Borovina, baritone and graduate of Manhattan School of Music;

+ Tom Servinsky, clarinetist, Indiana University of PA and conductor of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony;

+ Luanne Dwyer, pianist and graduate of Wellesley College;

+ Cynthia Hinkelman, violinist and graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University;

+ Laura Mozena, violinist and graduate of Northern Arizona University; and

+ Cynthia Kessler, pianist, graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University, who was named Martin County Arts Council's mARTies Outstanding Student Performing Artist.

Tickets for this MUSIC FOR THE MIND concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students. They may be purchased in advance by calling 772.221.8000 or at the door. The funds raised at the benefit concert will be used for music scholarships and music education programs at The Stuart School of Music.

The Stuart School of Music has had six first-place winners along with additional winners in the prestigious Palm Beach Post Pathfinder Awards. These students were recognized for their outstanding achievements in academic and musical accomplishments at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. In addition, the school has been honored to have four students receive the mARTies awards for "Outstanding Student Performing Artist" from the Arts Council of Martin County. Dozens of the school's students have been featured on the celebrated WQCS/88.9-FM National Public Radio "Young Musicians Spotlight." Also, students from the school have won first-place in the Treasure Coast Symphony Concerto Competition and had the distinction of performing with the symphony orchestra.

Established in 1993 and celebrating 25 years on the Treasure Coast, the Stuart School of Music continues to offer the finest in music education to students of all ages. The distinguished faculty consists of twelve instructors of piano, voice, guitar, violin, viola, cello, and clarinet. The school is host to the National Federation of Music Clubs Festival and the National Guild of Piano Playing Auditions each year. Additional information can be found at www.stuartschoolofmusic.com.

KPMF is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the gift of music to children and seniors. "We are passionate about music being a part of every child's life and the Foundation provides performance opportunities so young artists can share their talents with others," says founder Kathi Kretzer.

In addition to awarding scholarships for music lessons and donating pianos to disadvantaged children and local children's charities, KPMF's popular programs include:

+ The KRETZER KIDS, gifted young people who have performed over 60 concerts annually for 16 years in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, community events and at children's hospitals.

+ The Music for the Mind concert series presented the third Tuesday of every month at CityPlace in West Palm Beach. These concerts feature various musical groups from our area. Beginning in 2002, Music for the Mind has provided more than 12,000 young musicians the opportunity to perform while raising over $650,000 to help promote music in our schools and community.

+ The Keyboards for Kids group piano classes were given to underprivileged children at Adopt-a-Family, the Boys and Girls Club and the Center for Creative Education.

+ The headline-grabbing Keys to the Cities campaign placed 18 whimsically painted pianos in public spots from Jupiter to Delray Beach (and winner of the 2014 Bernays Award for Best Special Event from the Gold Coast PR Council). Afterwards, the pianos were donated to worthy local nonprofit organizations, including Adopt-a-Family, Quantum House, Children's Hospital at St. Mary's, Grandma's Place, Lighthouse for the Blind, Opportunity, Inc., Palms West Pediatric Oncology, Salvation Army and the YWCA, where they continue to brighten lives.

+ The PHYSICIANS TALENT SHOWCASE concerts held for five years featured a group of talented medical doctors and raised funds for local children's charities and music education.

For more information about KPMF, please visit www.kretzerpiano.com/KPMF.



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