Performathon 2014


Performathon 2014 - March 15
In celebration of the community school's 25th anniversary

This year's Performathon was a great success. Nearly 50 students performed during one of two recitals. Many thanks to the nearly 70 donors who responded with generous donations to pledge forms mailed by performers. This year's Performathon brought in $6,374! This money is used for the need and talent scholarship programs of the community school. 

Austin's Violin Shop, L.L.C, Barnes and Noble, Culver's of Sycamore, Egg Haven Pancakes & Café, Hauser-Ross Eye Institute, Hy-vee, IHOP, Ken Spears Construction, Inc, KishHealth System, Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Liberal Arts and Sciences, External Programs, Midwest Museum of Natural History, NIU Art Museum, NIU School of Theatre and Dance, Noodles & Co., Northern Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, Piano Forte of Chicago, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Rosita's Mexican Restaurant, Stage Coach Players, State Farm Insurance, DeKalb, Trittenhaus Design, and Walmart.

This gala day of student musical performances and art exhibits is scheduled every two years. The Performathon is the major fundraising event for the scholarship programs. These programs provide vital aid to students in financial need and to talented young people to pursue their study of the arts. Since 1993, over $85,000 has been raised and more than 752 students have received scholarship support.

Performathon Advisory Committee: The members of this year's committee were Anis Stenger, Rick Uplegger, Kathy Brancato, Amy Tonaki, Frances Jaeger, Britt Semenow, Elizabeth Eastman-Becker, Jaina Krueger, Patti Wragg, and Susan Bowers.  The committee meets monthly through late fall until the event.

How Performathon worked: Pledge sheets and information were distributed to all community school students early in spring semester. Students mailed pledge sheets to family, friends, and neighbors. At the same time, students contacted the office to let us know they were planning to perform on the big day. The scheduling process began!

On March 15:  The doors opened at 10:30 a.m. when the music swap and cafe opened.  Performances were scheduled throughout the day with a morning recital beginning at 11 a.m. and an afternoon recita beginning at 1:30 p.m.  

Accompanists Jaine Krueger and Linc Smelser rehearsed ahead of time to prepare performers for the big day. Hosts Julie Griffith and Anis Stenger introduced each performer during the recitals. Many other volunteers worked at various tables during the day to manage purchases.

Teeshirt Design Competition: Our teeshirt design winner in 2014 was Shannon Edwards with a great NIU-theme design that combined the Huskie dog with music. 

Performathon Cafe: The bake sale expanded this year, thanks to a great idea from advisory committee member Anis Stenger! The cafe had a wonderful arrayof baked goods, coffee, tee, and cold drinks, as well as seating with music-themed tablecloths and vases.

Music Swap: The Concert Hall lobby became a grand bazaar of used music (and other music related items) that were donated by people in the community and NIU School of Music faculty.

Raffle: Wonderful prizes were donated by local businesses and were on display throughout the day. Bids were placed in bags during the day, and winning tickets were drawn at the end of the day. 

This year's raffle prizes and winners were:

Deluxe Food Package 1: Kathy Brancato
Noodles & Company tasting coupon
$10 Egg Haven coupon
$6.99 IHOP coupon
$20 Rosita's gift card

Deluxe Food Package 2: The Breidenbach Family
Noodles & Company tasting coupon
$10 Egg Haven coupon
$6.99 IHOP coupon
$30 Hy-vee gift card

Deluxe Food Package 3: Tammy Farrell
Noodles & Company tasting coupon
2 $6.99 IHOP coupons

Culver's Coupons: Carole Janes
12 Culver's coupons (4 concrete mixers, 4 kids' meals, 4 value baskets)

Barnes & Noble Package: Kelsey Nichols
Great Paper Airplanes book and kit
Misko Kidrobots Collection

Theatre Package: Amber Leston
$60 Stage Coach gift card (4 tickets to any show)
2 Mainstage Subscription packages for the NIU School of Theatre and Dance 2014-2015 season

Concert Package: Paul Davis
2 Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra 2014-2015 season tickets
1 year dual membership and 2 tickets to any Piano Forte Foundation concert

$30 Walmart gift card: William Jiang

Basket with baby items and stuffed animal family: Marcia Elliott
State Farm Insurance basket with baby items
Village Commons bookstore stuffed animal family

Museum and Ollie's Fun Day Out: Kayla Kruse
4 guest passes for the Midwest Museum of Natural History
2 $5 Ollie's coupons

$25 Visa gift card: Ellie Bowers

Concert and Ollie's Fun Night Out: Judy Schermerhorn
2 Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra tickets for the May 3rd concert
2 $5 Ollie's coupons

Colored Bow and Bow hair: Patti Wragg
Austin's Violin Shop certificate for a colored bow, bow hair and colored rosin

Blue Music Stand: Sofia Varcados
Austin's Violin Shop blue music stand