Over 100 young musicians and 27 teachers from across the state of New Jersey united in the spirit of music and giving to raise over $6,500.00 for New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity.
The funds were collected as part of a Performathon organized by the New Jersey Music Teachers Association (NJMTA). NJMTA, an affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), is an organization that supports music study and music making.
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita forced many musicians to flee New Orleans. Habitat for Humanity® International and New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity® are working to rebuild the homes of musicians so that teachers, students, and the entire community will survive.Each hour of practice, study, lessons, and the final Performathon was dedicated to helping build the home/music buildings for those who lost so much in the Katrina disaster.
On Saturday and Sunday, February 3rd and 4th 2007, NJMTA students and teachers presented 9 different recitals free and open to the public at Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Donations collected for New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity® were brought to the concert by the performers and additional contributions were accepted at each program.
Westminster Choir College of Rider University donated the use of this excellent musical facility and the members of the NJMTA Collegiate Chapter here assisted with programs and recital check in.
The success of the Performathon demonstrates how much people really do care about others. Excellence in teaching, student dedication and talent, and parental support can spread the inspirational experience of music. Music makes a difference in our lives and the lives of others.
New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanityis grateful to Patricia Landy NJMTA Arts Advocacy Chair Performathon Coordinator, the Jersey Music Teachers Association (NJMTA and the students for their generous donation.