EASTERN MUSIC FESTIVAL RECEIVES TWO MAJOR GIFTS TO START THE 2019 SEASON
GREENSBORO, N.C. (March 7, 2019) – Eastern Music Festival (EMF), a nationally recognized music festival and summer educational program based in the heart of North Carolina, announces the receipt of two significant donor gifts. Each gift, one from Sylvia and Norman Samet of Greensboro, NC, and the other from Rose Schiff of Tampa, FL, will offer continued support for the Festival and for young artist scholarships.
Several named-gift benefactors to be recognized at annual scholarship gala
The Schiff Family Scholarship Fund ($15,000) was established by Rose Schiff and family in memory of her husband Al to offer educational opportunities for young musicians from Florida, Ohio, or North Carolina to study at EMF. ($100,000) was established at the Jewish Foundation of Greensboro. This gift, to be realized in equal $25,000 installments over four years, is designed to benefit EMF’s annual fund.
“We have made this gift because we love Greensboro. We believe that EMF is the crown jewel of the arts in the community and that it enhances the lives of those who live here,” said Sylvia Samet. “We hope our investment in this Festival, which boasts internationally celebrated music director, Gerard Schwarz, world-renowned faculty and guest artists and young musicians from around the globe, will help others realize how fortunate we are to have Eastern Music Festival in our midst.”
On March 30 at the Festival’s annual Spring Scholarship Gala, ALL THAT JAZZ, EMF will recognize several donors who established named gifts over the last three years: Alan G. Benaroya; Judith Davie-Wright; Louis DeJoy and Aldona Wos; Nancy Hoffmann; Addie Lane and Paul McEwan; Sylvia and Norman Samet; The Schiff Family; Charlotte Straney and Charlotte Sweeney; and Christopher and Laura Tew.
“We are grateful for the generosity of these supporters of EMF,” said Chris Williams, executive director of EMF. “Gifts like these enhance every aspect of our organization and help EMF continue our mission of guiding young artists and creating musical excellence in the Triad,” Williams added.
This year’s event, ALL THAT JAZZ, will be a 1920s-themed gala at The Colonnade at Revolution Mill, featuring a swinging jazz trio, fascinating cuisine, and a live and silent auction Tickets to ALL THAT JAZZ are $125 each with proceeds benefiting scholarship support. (EMF provides more than $350,000 in annual scholarships to deserving and talented students each year.) Tickets are available at the Triad Stage Box Office, online at easternmusicfestival.org, or by contacting EMF at 336-333-7450, ext. 223.
About Eastern Music Festival:
For almost six decades, Eastern Music Festival (EMF) has been produced each summer on the campus of Guilford College, UNCG, and other venues in the Greensboro area. EMF is distinguished by its accomplished faculty, exhilarating repertoire, and world-renowned visiting artists. A powerful teaching institution, EMF provides encouragement and guidance to over 225 young musicians from across the country and around the globe as they take their first steps towards careers in the performing arts. During EMF’s five-week annual season (June 22 – July 27, 2019), the Festival presents more than 65 concerts under the artistic direction of Gerard Schwarz. In addition, 30-plus outreach performances are performed throughout the region. For more information, visit easternmusicfestival.org.
Eastern Music Festival’s mission is to promote musical enrichment, excellence, professional collaboration, innovation and diversity through a nationally recognized teaching program, music festival, concerts and other programs which will enhance the quality of life, health and vitality of our region.
EMF is a 501c3 governed by a volunteer board of 25 directors and managed by a professional staff of five