From the South Orange-Maplewood School District:
The South Orange-Maplewood School District and Montclair State University are about to embark on one of the first ever partnerships of its kind in the State of New Jersey.
Through a $30,000 combined grant from the Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation and the Montclair State University Foundation, the John J. Cali School of Music will pilot an Arts Institute in South Orange-Maplewood. This will include K-12 during and after school lessons and classes, courses for college credit, and more — all taught by professors (including members of the NY Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera), as well as Masters students from the school.
The Institute’s goal is to enhance and support, not replace, current programming in the SOMSD.
The grant will provide free instruction, musical instruments and culminating concerts for the community.
SOMSD Supervisor of Fine Arts James A. Manno is excited about this unique endeavor. “I’m thrilled that partnership conversations that began last year with MSU’s School of Music have led to this moment and to the essential financial support given from the Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation to sustain the year-long work.”
The initiative “kicks off” on November 8th at Seth Boyden School with an African Drumming clinic/concert for the students and surrounding community.