Monday Musicale fundraiser Nov. 4

  • Mon Oct 29th, 2018 7:49am
  • Life

On Nov. 4, Monday Musicale will present its Scholarship Benefit Concert showcasing local artists. Always an entertaining and rewarding event, it draws a large crowd clamoring to return the following year.

Join us at 2 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 201 E. Lopez Ave., Port Angeles. Tickets can be purchased for $15 in advance at Port Book and News in Port Angeles or Joyful Noise Music in Sequim or at the door for $20.

Monday Musicale has been in Clallam County for 51 years; an organization devoted to providing scholarships to high school students who want to pursue a career in music.

Annual membership is only $15, of which, 100 percent of it goes to scholarships.

Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at noon, at the Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 209 W. 11th St., Port Angeles; entertainment is provided. To attend these fun events, please contact Helen Coleman, a week in advance, at 360-775-0594.

In the years since Monday Musicale has been around, we have given out over 175 scholarships amounting to over $150,000.

In the spring of 2019, local students will perform in a scholarship audition, which is open to the public. If you have not been to this, it is worth taking the time to attend. Our students continue to demonstrate the amazing talent this community has. Details on this event will be forthcoming.

The following artists will be playing for our enjoyment:

Linda Dowdell is a jazz pianist with roots in both jazz and classical music. She toured the world from 1988-1998 as musical director of both Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project and the Mark Morris Dance Group, performing with a variety of great artists including Yo-Yo-Ma. Dowdell is currently collaborating with a local author on a children’s book to be produced as a family-friendly musical.

Dan and Katie Cobb of Fool’s Gold have been making music for most of their lives. Katie, 15, attends Port Angeles High School and is involved in both the symphonic orchestra and select women’s choir programs. Dan, 52, is in his 19th year of teaching elementary music in the Port Angeles schools and recently completed his 17th year singing with the Peninsula Men’s Gospel Singers. Both have been involved in musical theater, and enjoy the art of performance.

Traci Winters-Tyson (cello) is a proud product of the Port Angeles Orchestra Program. She began playing cello at Franklin elementary and enjoyed performing in Carnegie Hall her senior year during the PAHS orchestra’s first New York trip. A recipient of a Monday Musicale Scholarship many, many years ago, she went on to earn her music degree from Western Washington University. Traci currently teaches orchestra at Franklin and Stevens Middle School.

Kristin Quigley Brye (piano) holds degrees in Horn and Collaborative Piano/vocal coaching from Pacific Lutheran University and North Carolina School of the Arts. She has a lengthy history of music in her background. Presently she is an adjunct Professor of Music at Peninsula College, Collaborative Pianist with Northwest Women’s Chorale, and maintains a busy private studio.

Jimmy Hoffman is a native of the area and was raised in Joyce. At age 13 he took up the guitar and in 1978 was a winner in the Monday Musicale scholarship auditions. Jimmy performs at many of the area music venues, such as The Concert on the Pier in Port Angeles, the PA Eagles, 7 Cedars Casino as well as many other venues in the state.

We know you will enjoy this roster of excellent musicians. We welcome new members to join this dynamic group of music lovers, so contact Helen Coleman and come to our Monday meetings. Help us to help our young people keep music alive and growing in Clallam County by providing them with the financial advantages that they need to be successful.