2013 Message from the Stagelights board of directors:
2012 was awesome year full of live concerts, our first Day of Drums community event and great musicians visiting our local classrooms. Thanks to everyone!
2013 promised to be another great year for Stagelights. Many Curry County residents and businesses have donated money, time and products to help us in our various efforts to provide music education, outreach and entertainment for people of all ages. Thank you!
As Stagelights enters its fourth year we have streamlined our operations and mission, which means we no longer needed to have a physical location, at the Chetco Cove Yacht Club. Thanks to a continuing partnership with the Brookings Harbor Community Theater and the Chetco Pelican Playters, we have wonderful venues in which to host our music events and fundraisers. The Stagelights board meets on the second Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Curry Coastal Pilot newspaper (one of our long-standing sponsors.)
Stagelights has narrowed its focus to three specific areas: Music education for our children, music opportunities for the community at large, and concerts featuring high-quality touring artists.
At Kalmiopsis Elementary School, which no longer has a music program, we have brought in local musicians to perform, hosted workshops and answered students’ questions in an effort to foster early music appreciation. Board members John Webster continues to oversee the recorder class for fourth graders that teaches basic music fundamentals. In March, the Brookings-Harbor School District honored Stagelights with a Distinguished Service Recognition Award!
For the community we host music events that showcase the region’s best local acts, including our ever popular Music showcase. We also plan to host a second Day of Drums event in Brookings and look forward to bringing more musicians into the classroom.
In 2012, we launched the Stagelights House Concert Series featuring intimate, living room-style concerts with a potluck and performance by high-quality touring artists. The first two events were sellouts and we had seven more successful shows that year. In fact, the shows were so successful that we outgrew our locations (mostly the yacht club), and we have joined forced with the two local theater groups to provide high-quality concerts at larger venues. We now call this endeavor the Stagelights Concert Series.
Stagelights knows how important music is to the education, health and well-being of people, especially during these trying time. It seems were not alone. We like to thank everybody for their support. Here’s to another great year!