Planning is underway for the 2014 Performathon, scheduled for March 15. 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 are Anis Stenger, Rick Uplegger, Kathy Brancato, Amy Tonaki, Frances Jaeger, Britt Semenow, Elizabeth Eastman-Becker, Jaina Krueger, and Susan Bowers. The committee meets monthly through late fall until the event.
How Performathon works: Pledge sheets and information are distributed to all community school students early in spring semester. Students mail pledge sheets with family, friends, and neighbors and share the list with the community school office. At the same time, students contact the office to let us know that you are planning to perform on the big day. The scheduling process begins!
Performances are scheduled throughout the day with two one-hour recitals in the morning and two one-hour recitals in the afternoon. The community school provides an accompanist and students are encouraged to play as either soloists or in an ensemble.
OTHER PERFORMATHON ACTIVITIES
Teeshirt Design Competition: Back by popular demand, this event is for young visual artists who are encouraged to design this year's Performathon teeshirt using the 25th anniversary as a theme. More information about this will be in the Performathon packets.
Performathon Cafe: The bake sale expands! Come to the cafe for a delightful choice of baked goods, a hot or cold drink, and join friends at one of the tables.
Music Swap: The Concert Hall lobby becomes the grand bazaar of used music (and other music related items) that has been donated by people in the community and NIU School of Music faculty.
Raffle: Wonderful prizes are donated by local businesses and are on display throughout the day. Bids are placed with tickets purchased on the day; tickets are drawn at the end of the day. Winners are called on Monday.
Photograph Display: The 2014 photo exhibit in the Recital Hall lobby will be a retrospective of the community school program, now in its 25th year.