HANCOCK – The Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians in Hancock has successfully matched its endowment challenge grant of $25,000 from the Maine Community Foundation. Meredith Jones, President and CEO of the Maine Community Foundation recently presented a ceremonial check to Bruce Mallonee, President of the Pierre Monteux Memorial Foundation Board.
The Monteux School begins its 67th season with a symphonic concert Sunday June 20 at the Forest Studio built for the noted French conductor Pierre Monteux. The season runs through Sunday, July 25 with seven symphonic concerts and four Wednesday chamber concerts.
A special event this summer is the benefit concert on Sunday, July 18 with noted Monteux alumnus, pianist, and conductor Leon Fleisher. As the School’s 2010 Artist in Residence, Fleisher will conduct the Monteux School Orchestra and perform at the keyboard in an all-Mozart master program at the July 18 concert.
The endowment funds raised with the help of Maine Community Foundation challenge grant will provide scholarship assistance to students. Its successful match by private donors marks a significant step toward the completion of the School’s first endowment campaign. Conducting and orchestra students attend the school from major music schools and conservatories, and come from many different states and countries; scholarship support is vital to attract the best musicians.
The Maine Community Foundation selected 19 nonprofits to receive this challenge grant. A statewide organization with an office in Ellsworth, the foundation has been partnering with donors and nonprofits to strengthen Maine communities for 25 years. For more information visit www.mainecf.org and www.monteuxschool.org.
Contact Name: Ron Schwizer, Executive Director
Telephone Number: 207 4228267