FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BAY ATLANTIC SYMPHONY RECEIVES GRANT FROM OCEANFIRST FOUNDATION
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (August 19, 2019) — Bay Atlantic Symphony is proud to announce it is the recipient of OceanFirst Bank Foundation 2019 Arts & Cultural Grant in the amount of $1,500.00. The money will be used to continue the orchestra’s Music Mentorship Programs located in Atlantic City and Vineland schools.
OceanFirst Bank representatives presented the check to Bay Atlantic Symphony Board President Thomas A. Giegerich, DMD, and Interim Executive Director Kathy Corbalis in the bank’s Galloway Branch office located at 320 E. Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway, N.J. Pictured above from left to right are: Linda Calderon, Branch Manager; Nancy Wescoat, AVP/Area Business Development Officer/ Business Development; Thomas A. Giegerich; Kathy Corbalis; and Lana Latella, Vice President Government & Bankcard Services.
Instituted in 2014, Bay Atlantic Symphony’s Music Mentorship Program provides free string and woodwind instrument lessons, as well as ongoing music education, for students in Atlantic City’s Sovereign Avenue School, Atlantic City High School and Vineland High School. This dynamic music education program has been created in cooperation with Stockton University and is also supported through generous donations from the Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation and William and Virginia Gormley’s Atlantic City Friends of Music Foundation.
The program pairs Bay Atlantic Symphony professional musicians, aided by music majors from Stockton University with elementary and high school students. Students enrolled in the Music Mentorship Program receive musical instruments, and several weeks of lessons during the academic year to include classes in basic and advanced technique on violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, and double bass. Lessons are taught in small groups and a one-to-one basis by Bay Atlantic’s professional string and woodwind musicians along with volunteer student-musicians from Stockton.
“We’re both honored and grateful that OceanFirst Bank has recognized and is supporting the invaluable Music Mentorship program for school children provided by the Symphony,” stated Thomas A. Giegerich, DMD. “We look forward to continuing the program for area students, who might not otherwise have the opportunity, to become proficient musicians and perhaps go on to a career in the performing arts.”
The Bay Atlantic Symphony performs symphonic and chamber concerts and educates adults, young people, and special populations throughout southern New Jersey in the beauty and power of classical music. To learn more, visit www.BayAtlanticSymphony.org, call (609) 449-8780, or visit them on Facebook.
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