2013 Update (Oct. 31) from the Stagelights board of directors:
Stagelights Musical Arts Community has had a very successful 2013 so far and we’d like to thank everyone for their generous support for our many programs.
The Stagelights board recently voted to donate $400 toward the purchase of music instruction software for the music department at Azalea Middle School. The software will insure that beginning music students learn fundamentals that will help them make the most of their music education.
Our summer Day of Drums event provided nearly 50 people, ages 5 to 85, with hands-on experience playing drums and making percussion instruments.
Our popular concert series continued with an oceanfront house concert on October 5 featuring Caravan of Thieves. On October 19, renowned western singer/guitarist Chuck Pyle performed to a packed room at Azalea Park’s Capella by the Sea. In November, the musical family “The Koles” will perform their uplifting acoustic folk and pop.
In December, Stagelights and Friends of Music will host the Los Angeles-based world music fusion band Incendio at the Lucky 7 Casino. Information and videos of the artists can be found at www.stagelights.us/concerts.
Stagelights continues to build a professional DJ and karaoke system, thanks to donations from local businesses and individuals. This system will allow Stagelights to become more self-sufficient and less dependent on grants and donations. We have started renting out the system for public parties and festivals who need our services. The money we earn goes to fund our “Music in the classroom and community” program. Also, working in collaboration with the Brookings Harbor Community Theater, we have launched a monthly “Community Karaoke Party” for people of all ages. These events not only encourage children and adults to sing and perform in front of a live audience, they also provide a family-friendly event in a safe and fun environment. We kicked things off with a “Scaryoke” on Saturday, Oct. 26, with about 50 people, many in costume, having a great time. Our next karaoke event is Nov. 30.
The Stagelights board is already planning big things for 2014. In addition to bringing more professional musicians into the classroom, we plan to expand our “day of drums” efforts but purchasing additional hand drums for students to use. Of course, we plan to do at least one community “Day of Drums” next summer!
Ambitious? Yes! But we can’t do it without the continued support of the community and individuals such as you. Follow us on Facebook or visit this website often.
Thank you for helping us with our mission to keep the musical arts alive in our schools and in our community.
2013 New Year 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!