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Fundraiser to take place Feb. 24, 25

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

Music event

Lehigh Valley Music Teachers Association (LVMTA) announces its 36th annual Hannah Young Play-A-Thon. This once-a-year fundraiser will take place at Lehigh Valley Mall, Whitehall, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 24 and 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 25. Hundreds of Lehigh Valley music students will perform at three locations within the mall in this special event, which is free and open to the public.

Special guest will be Miss Pennsylvania 2018, Katie Schreckengast, a saxophonist and current member of Penn State’s Blue Band. She will be at the mall noon Sunday.

LVMTA, a nonprofit professional organization of music educators, sponsors the Play-A-Thon. LVMTA sponsors many other music events as well, including the Achievement Awards Auditions at Moravian College, several annual recitals at various local venues, master classes and bus trips to performances at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. The LVMTA also awards college scholarships to high school seniors who plan to pursue a music degree, as well as summer music camp scholarships to students of members.

Students solicit pledges from family and friends for the event, with special prizes awarded to the students who raise the most money. In 2017, more than 250 students performed. Audiences can expect to hear pianists, other instrumentalists and vocalists performing both classical and popular selections.

The Play-A-Thon is a living memorial to Hannah Young, a musician fondly remembered by many of the original members of LVMTA. She and her late husband, Sam, opened Young’s Music Store in 1966.

Hannah Young, a trumpeter who played in the Allentown Band and The All-Girls Band and known for her unwavering support of music and music education, was especially helpful and courteous to music educators, going out of her way to help members locate music for their students. She was a great benefactor of music in the Lehigh Valley, providing much support for educational programs. Shortly after her death, the association honored her by renaming the Play-A-Thon in her memory.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Zemanek, LVMTA publicity chair, at 610-559-3905 or ezemanek@rcn.com; or visit the LVMTA website, lvmusicteachers.org