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Music for a Great Space to Form Education Fund with New Bequest

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Music for a Great Space Recieves Funding to Expand Education and Outreach Programs

a woman with a white flower in her hair holds a guitar standing next to a gentleman who is also holding a guitar
Cascada de Flores Performance in April 2022

Local chamber music series Music for a Great Space will use a new $44,000 bequest to establish an education fund to support education and outreach programming for audiences across the county, according to Rebecca Willie, Executive Director of the series.

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Cascada de Flores Performance in April 2022

The series will also use the funds to create a new Education & Outreach Coordinator position to manage and expand the programming offered each season.

“Music for a Great Space is committed to providing an excellent, arts-based curriculum for students in grades K-12 and offering music education for audiences of all ages,” Willie said. “Education is a vital part of our mission. This new position will make room for new outreach collaborations as well as help us to maintain our work with Guilford County Schools’ Fine Arts Department and music teachers.”

Dr. Claire Kelleher, former UNCG professor and director of the Weatherspoon Gallery, passed away in January 2022. The MGS donation is part of her generous bequest to various arts institutions in the city and will be managed by the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

The Education & Outreach Coordinator search is underway with the goal of having someone in place before the start of the season. The job description and information on all MGS programming, including the 2022-23 concert line-up can be found here.

About Music for a Great Space

The Music for a Great Space series originated as an organ series to feature the Fisk Op. 82 organ which resides at Christ United Methodist Church.  Charles Fisk spoke to the congregation at CUMC after the installation of the organ saying that it should be shared with the community because of the special qualities of the instrument and the acoustic in which it is housed.  MGS founders Henry & Lucy Ingram decided to begin the series, seeking advice from colleagues and gathering a group of supporters to launch the concerts.  

1992 served as the inaugural season of MGS. And after a few years of successful concerts, Henry and Lucy decided to branch out and invite other genres of artists and ensembles to perform in the series as well. Remaining true to our history, MGS features two talented organists each season.

The mission of Music for a Great Space is to annually present a culturally diverse series of inspiring small ensemble and solo concerts. Founded in 1990, the series features world-class artists in significant venues in Greensboro for audiences from across the Piedmont Triad. MGS accompanies each concert with related educational experiences for children and adults. 

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For More Information

Rebecca Willie, Executive Director

execdirector@musicforagreatspace.org

336-638-7624

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