The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

October 23, 2012

Geneva High hosts benefit for school’s music program

By MARGIE NETZEL - mnetzel@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

GENEVA —  

 Geneva High School students are working hard to “save the music,” choir director Michelle Mather said, and will host a benefit concert on Friday to raise funds to save the district’s music programs.

The concert, held at 7 p.m. at Geneva High School, will feature alumni Rob Covert and Josh Theilan as The Covert Operation. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Cost is $10 per person and all proceeds will benefit the high school vocal department. To purchase tickets call Mather at 466-4831 ext. 4614, or email michelle.mather@neomin.org.

“The Geneva Image Show Choir members will sing back-up vocals for the band and there will also be two other guest performers that evening,” Mather said.

Mather said while the district has not cut music programs yet, she fears further budget cuts may endanger the arts programs.

“Students are missing valuable experiences that make a well rounded music education due to lack of financial backing,” she said. “This concert was designed as a pay-it-forward. Rob Covert wanted to give back to the high school choirs program that gave him his start. This is in an effort to help provide extras that are missing from the program, and we are grateful for this opportunity.”

Covert will also host a master class for students on Friday to talk about breaking into the music business.

The concert also still needs sponsors, Mather said.

Sponsorship levels begin at $50 and go to $1,500. Call Mather for more information on sponsor benefits.