Letter to the Editor: Thank you from The Music Academy

The Music Academy is so grateful for the tremendous support of our community, including students, parents, board members, artist faculty members, staff and local businesses who generously gave their talent, time, treasure, and ties to Heartstrings – Celebrating Connections between Music and Medicine. Heartstrings was a recent gala celebration of 30 years of commitment to empowering our students to become their own best teachers. We are also thankful for our on-going collaboration with University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford helped to present this event.

Thanks to all who understand and invest in advancing the vision and mission of The Music Academy, where we inspire in our students a life-long love of the arts by providing high quality, affordable and accessible music and arts education. We rely on those people in our lives who give us the support and love we need to make a difference – to build something bigger than ourselves, something worth contributing to. We are grateful to those who believe so deeply in the work of The Music Academy.

A highlight of the evening was a performance by Music Academy and Julliard alumnus Ben Geller, principal violist with the Charlotte Symphony and his cousin Noah Geller, also of Julliard and concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony. Another touching moment was a performance by Music Academy alumnae Shelby Latin Harris, Marta Siaba, Joanna Nerius and Leah Zahn along with string program director, Rachel Handlin honoring our long-term (15+ years) faculty members. Special kudos to the 22 alums from across the country that joined with currently enrolled students for a rousing rendition of the Bach Double Violin Concerto.

A special thank you to Heartstrings sponsors: Eric Dean and Pat Michaelsen, Jack and Colleen Holmbeck, OSF HealthCare, Lenox Healthcare for Women, Compass Financial Group of Raymond James, SVA Plumb Financial, Rockford Ambulatory Surgery Center and The Rock River Times.

With gratitude,

Marti Frantz
Executive Director
The Music Academy

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