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Published on February 20, 2018 3:16PM

Akia Woods

Akia Woods

Christine McKenney

Christine McKenney

Music teachers from throughout Lincoln County will take to the stage this Sunday, Feb. 25, for the annual Spotlight on the Teachers Broadway, Movies & Fun concert.

The show, presented by the Lincoln County District of the Oregon Music Teachers Association, is a fund-raiser for the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts and the Suzanne Brown Student Aid fund. The hour-long concert will be followed by a reception with the players and light refreshments.

“The program is quite eclectic this year with music ranging from beautiful love songs, to jazz standards and humorous character pieces,” said organizer Jessica Treon. “You cannot beat composers like George Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber. We will have singers, pianists and even a dancer this year.”

Tiffany Jefferson, president of Lincoln County OMTA, said her group relies on a strong connection with the Newport Performing Arts Center.

“Our students grow up using the grand pianos and performing on stage at the PAC,” she said. “It’s an incredible experience for young students and give them great confidence in the community’s support for music.”

Jefferson said proceeds from the concert will help find the ongoing campaign of capital improvements at the PAC.

“These planned improvements will greatly facilitate our using of both the grand pianos at the PAC for rehearsing and performing,” she said. “Our students and members will benefit by having the ability to work on two-piano repertoire in the new piano room. Plus, the ability of the PAC to host events simultaneously without sound interference from one room to the other will make it easier for all of us when we perform.”

The Spotlight on the Teachers concerts have been part of the Lincoln County arts scene now for 20 years. This year’s concert features music teachers from throughout the county: Donna Olson, Andrea Roesel and Rita Warton from Lincoln City; Cathy Champion-Predmore, Mary Lee Scoville and Jessica Treon from Walport; Christine McKenney from Newport; and Tonia Storm from Toledo. This year’s guest performers are Akia Woods, Sara Coxen and Brian Haggerty.

The concert will start at 2 pm at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W. Olive Street. Admission is by donation.

For more information about OMTA or the concert, call Jessica Treon 541-563-4183 or go to www.lincolncountyomta.org. For information about the capital campaign, call 541-265-ARTS.

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