FIU Faculty Concert Raises Funds for Local Elementary School Music Program

The FIU School of Music proudly presents the CMENC Faculty Spotlight Concert on Friday, January 28, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. in the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center. This concert will benefit the FIU Chapter of Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (CMENC) Grant for “Music in Need,” which was created and is administered by FIU music students.

The Music Educators National Conference (MENC) is the national association for music education and has more than 130,000 active members across the nation. FIU’s chapter, the most active in South Florida, is one of three national student chapters to receive the Chapter of Excellence Award for the service project grant “Music in Need.” The grant is in its fourth year and FIU CMENC has already awarded music equipment worth more than $3,000.00 to local elementary music programs. Last year’s first place winner, Redondo Elementary School, received a wide variety of percussion instruments including drums, sticks, shakers and boom wackers.

CMENC Faculty Sponsor and Coordinator of Music Education Program at FIU, Dr. Janet Duguay Kirsten says, “The music students and I are very excited about reaching out to our community. Having been a music teacher in the M-DCPS system for many years, I can tell you that a gift like the Grant for “Music in Need” can make a world of difference to the receiving teacher and students. Not only are the teachers rewarded, the students excited, and the administration appreciative, but the entire community benefits year after year. Our gifts of instruments are incorporated regularly into classroom music-making and featured in concerts for family and friends to enjoy.” Dr. Duguay Kirsten encourages all faculty and staff to attend the Faculty Spotlight Concert where she promises to feature a few very talented youth performers as well.

The CMENC Faculty Spotlight concert will feature works including “The Soldier and the Sailor” arranged by Benjamin Britten, “Si ela” by Dilearmando Reis, “Recuerdos de la Alambra” by Francisco Tarrega, “Re dell’abisso” from Un Ballo in Maschera by Giuseppe Verdi, a violin duet by Mozart, “Nocturne C-sharp minor” and “Polonaise op.53” by Frédéric Chopin, “La Campanella” by Franz Liszt, and a special selection by Finlay Elementary School.

Tickets are $5.00 for general admission. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 305-348-0496 or visit

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