In an effort to share his passion for music with students less fortunate, Palmer Trinity senior Sean Ramras created a non-profit organization Music Soothes the Soul which he hope to use to raise money for the Miami Music Project, a program aimed at empowering students through the study of music. On Tuesday, Feb. 21, Music Soothes the Soul will host a benefit concert at Books & Books in Coral Gables featuring various solo and ensemble performances from members of the PTS Guitar Ensemble, classical pieces performed by PTS music teacher Dr. Corey Harvin, and a performance by Ramras.
Playing guitar since he was eight years old, Ramras began to study the instrument classically as a freshman. Now the PTS Silver Knight nominee for Music, he wants others to be able to benefit from his artistic experience and hopes to create an alternative for students in Miami- Dade schools who lack access to music programs because of cuts in federal funding. He says playing guitar is a form of expression.
“I used to play for my mom when she was sick,” he says. “There is such power in music. It can change you.”
Last October, Music Soothes the Soul raised $1,000 through donations and garage sale profits. This February’s benefit aims to raise awareness about the importance of music in Miami-Dade schools and gain funds to support the Miami Music Project.
“We’re really excited about what this benefit has to offer,” Sean says. “One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to a place where music can be shared with students all over the world.”
The benefit will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 21. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.