WCPE's Education Fund: Thank You!

A WCPE Education Fund grant of $500 to the Raleigh Concert Band in the summer of 2012 covered a significant portion of the Band’s costs for music and performance venues. This all-volunteer orchestra provides a means for local non-professional musicians to retain or improve their skills. Concerts are designed to please audiences young and old, but RCB goes the extra mile by providing free tickets to many Raleigh Area Seniors to keep them active and to improve their quality of life.


Hear what Raleigh Concert Band members have to say about the WCPE Education Fund grant:

Patty Pearce

Lem Hardy

Barb Prillaman

Jeff Honeyman

Since they began, we have followed the progress of KidzNotes, based on Venezuela’s successful social program called El Sistema. The program provides daily music lessons and regular performance opportunities to at-risk students, building self esteem, musical skill, and sense of community. WCPE helped transport these students to local music camps last summer to retain their skills. For the summer of 2012, $1,000 provided three full scholarships to KidzNotes’ own summer camp. Complete funding for the camp came from a team of community partners, individual donors and local businesses.

Hear what the students have to say about this experience:





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On Thursday, July 28th, Kenneth Bradshaw and I had the opportunity to attend a luncheon for Eastern Music Festival Scholarship donors and recipients on behalf of the WCPE Education Fund. We were seated with a member of the Eastern Music Festival board, a lovely young woman from Birmingham, Alabama and one of the students who benefited from our gift. Aaron is a rising senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a resident of Wake Forest. Your contributions to the WCE Education Fund made it possible for him to attend master classes for five weeks and perform in an orchestra setting. After our polite introductions, he confided that he knew we were practically neighbors.

Of course, I quizzed him (in a way that would make my overly inquisitive mother proud) about his instrument (the tuba), his favorite teachers, and his post-college plans. What I will remember most from this conversation was the unprovoked confession that he had been on the fence about whether or not he wanted to pursue a career as an orchestra member. He had been unsure until this summer, -until this opportunity to play at Eastern Music Festival. Now, he was preparing to return home and apply for graduate school. This summer -and forgive me for saying something so cliché- it changed his life.

During this luncheon, each scholarship donor was asked to stand, introduce himself, and mention his association with EMF. The students were asked to mention their age, instrument and hometown. Many of the donors told us their age, too. It became the running joke of the afternoon- the thing that kept me from crying tears of joy and excitement a few times. How powerful it was to be in the room with students from so many states and foreign countries who had one common love and purpose! Gerard Schwartz spoke briefly and eloquently, as did his wife. We heard from a former ambassador and a donor who had been in the very first class of EMF students… fifty years ago. We met a couple who had come to the festival on dates when they were younger and had chosen to set up a scholarship now that they were older, married and established. When it was my turn to speak, I hardly made it through two proud sentences (the first containing “WCPE” and the second- “Education Fund”) before I choked on my emotions and finished quickly with “How could we not…?” In the end, I was relieved to be one of two “happy criers.” What an amazing collection of individuals! How heartfelt were these short explanations of what brought us together. It was, in the words of Mozart, “love, love, love.”

After the luncheon, we were able to mingle a while. Quite a few people made a point to introduce themselves to us and gush about how much they appreciate The Classical Station. We are bien aimes in Greensboro!

I took Aaron outside to record his thoughts about the experience, only to discover my batteries had failed. So, we synthesized it into a few seconds of video so you could put a face with his name. Meet our new friend, the tuba player, Aaron Robinson.

—Tara Lynn

WCPE Community & Arts Liaison


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In June, Carolyn Zahnow and Tara Lynn attended the Lamar Stringfield Music Camp performance to observe the KidzNotes children as they performed with their new summer camp friends.

Carolyn and Tara congratulated the student on their performance and brought them each a small gift. In the backstage hallway, Tara and Carolyn talked to the grandmother of one rising 4th grade student named Donald. She told us her grandson was so scared he wouldn’t be able to play it all right that he almost didn’t get on stage at all. Luckily, he did and gave a magnificent performance! Tara was thinking about the first time she observed the students in their afterschool lessons in November, holding new tiny violins in their hands.

When Carolyn told Donald that they had come from the radio station that helped pay for the bus which brought him to-and-from camp each day, he exclaimed, “Thank you!”

Then he added, “I’ll pay you back.”

Tara was stunned. It had never occurred to her that he owed them anything, but she thought for a moment and told him, “The way you can repay us is by promising that you’ll always try to get better each time you perform.” Donald scratched his head, then grinned and promised, “I’ll give you a private concert!”

—Tara Lynn

WCPE Community & Arts Liaison


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