SCHOOL OF AMERICAN MUSIC

Michiana’s Musical Connection

SCHOOL OF AMERICAN MUSIC

Michiana’s Musical Connection

Heidi Burson Benefit Concert for SAM Scholarships

Singer/songwriter Heidi Burson will perform a benefit concert for the SAM scholarship fund at the Acorn Theater on April 26.

Singers Begins Spring/Summer Rehearsals

The Harbor Country Singers begins rehearsals for its spring/summer season on April 10. As always, new members are welcome to join.

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About the School of American Music

The School of American Music (SAM) offers quality, one-on-one instruction in instrumental music, voice, and music theory and composition, delivered by experienced teachers who are also performers. From a single student in April 2012, SAM has grown to serve more than 100 students per year. Most lessons are available at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels, and offered to both children and adults.

Every effort is made to keep lessons at SAM affordable. Because it is a not-for-profit corporation, SAM isn’t under pressure to make money. Many of the funds it raises—through benefit performances, grants and contributions—are returned to students in the form of scholarships.

Private lessons take place in studios on the second floor of the Three Oaks, Mich. library, 3 North Elm Street in Three Oaks. Group lessons and other activities, such as the Harbor Country Singers, are offered at SAM’s Arts & Education facility at 14 Maple Street, Three Oaks. The A&E Center also houses SAM’s recording studio and is home to its pre-school programs.

SAM regards performance as a key part of musical instruction, and holds twice-yearly recitals featuring its students and teachers. Because its students, faculty and participants in associated activities represent a huge pool of musical talent, SAM-based musicians are frequently asked to perform in concerts, benefits, sing-alongs and other musical events in the area it serves.

Some Of Our Recent Activities

SAM’s Winter Recital showcased 14 students ranging in age from five to 71. The repertoire included hits from Broadway musicals, classical violin and piano pieces, and dance numbers for guitar.

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Who We Are

Board of Directors

John P. Balich, A&E Caretaker
Robert Blake
John Forbes
Priscilla Lee Hellenga
William Korbel, Treasurer
Evan Margol
Robert R. Mueller, Vice President
Derek Niceley, Director of Security
Pat Putnam
D. Garth Taylor, President

Staff

Donna M. Mitchell, Executive Director
Priscilla Lee Hellenga, Director of Event Planning

MISSION

Our mission is to provide education, performance, and audience opportunities in music and the related arts in the Southwest Michigan area.

OUR CORE VALUES

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EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING:

Offer programs only when there are highly qualified people to lead them.

OPENNESS:

Operate a community institution based on transparency, fairness and openness to all in participation and governance.

SUSTAINABILTY:

Ensure financial security and the ability to continue to provide programs.

AFFORDABILITY:

Keep fees low and provide scholarships when needed.

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LOCAL:

Support Local artists and teachers. They are vital to our quality of life.

CONSIDER A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION

To support the arts in the Michiana Region

Volunteer at SAM

The School of American Music is always looking for folks who want to be involved in the day-to-day operations of SAM or in special projects we have planned throughout the year. Perhaps you have a special skill or talent you want to share. Maybe you are very organized and looking for ways to improve the world around you. If you’d like to help out, send us an email with your name, address, phone number and email address, and let us know a little about what kind of volunteering you’re interested in. One of us will give you a call to see what we can do together.

 

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