The Piano Teachers' Forum of Grand Rapids is excited to continue our annual concert initiative in partnership with St Cecilia Music Center. Through this program we hope to inspire students to experience live, professional performing arts events in a wide variety of genres (dance, voice, theater, instrumental, etc.) We believe that these kinds of performances will bring joy and inspiration, and will motivate listeners to a deeper level of passion and commitment to their own musical growth. We also hope to develop life-long music supporters along the way.
With these goals in mind, we have developed the Performing Arts Passport specifically for the members of the Piano Teachers' Forum of Grand Rapids and their students. (Not a member? Join now!) Thanks to a one year grant from the Piano Teachers’ Forum of Grand Rapids, as well as a generous donation from Affordable Limousine, we are able to offer this program free for our members!
Each time a student attends a qualifying concert* they fill out one raffle ticket and enter it into a designated jar/box in their teacher’s studio. This will be a two-stage prize drawing. In Stage 1, one winning ticket is drawn from within each teacher's studio. Prizes vary, as each teacher is responsible for this prize. Winners from Stage 1 are then entered into a Grand Prize drawing which includes all participating teachers in our Forum. The winner of this Stage 2 drawing gets a limo ride and tickets for 4 to a St Cecilia Music Center concert of their choice. Special thanks to St Cecilia and Affordable Limousine for their generous donations.
Each student who is registered for the program will be given a special Performing Arts Passport. This booklet contains an overview of the program and may also be used as an autograph book. Students are encouraged to meet the performers and get their autograph after the concert whenever possible. Students are also encouraged to take selfies and ask their parents to share their photo on our PTFGR Facebook page!
*see FAQs below for criteria for qualifying concerts
Any student whose teacher is a member of the Piano Teachers' Forum of Grand Rapids. Teachers must fill out a registration form for each student who participates. Click here to register (teachers only please).
Through our partnership with local performing arts organizations, we are delighted to offer exclusive discount codes! You will find a comprehensive listing of local concerts and discount codes here! This list is updated regularly and includes a variety of genres.
In order to encourage a high level of quality, performances must meet the following criteria in order to count toward this initiative:
The dates of the program will run from September 1st 2023 through June 1st 2024 with studio drawings taking place by June 7th 2024, and the grand prize drawing taking place the week of June 9th, 2024. However, feel free to join even after the start date! It's never too late to start attending live performances
Members can click here (link coming soon) to access our registration form. (Parents, please ask your teacher to register your kids.) Please note that this is a pilot program and teachers will be asked to fill out an extensive survey at the end of the year. Thanks for your patience and participation as we seek to improve this program and potentially seek out grants for future years.
After completing the registration, teachers will have access to passport booklets (these can be picked up at West Michigan Piano) and printable raffle tickets (each teacher prints their own tickets). A detailed explanation of the program and instructions for teachers will be emailed and can also be accessed here.
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