Johnstown Symphony adds online music-mentorship program for area students

Posted on: October 13, 2020

“Nothing flashy or fancy, just chats with area students about classical music,” writes Kelly Urban in Friday’s (10/9) Tribune-Democrat (Johnstown, PA). “The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra recently received a $7,400 grant from the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies’ Community Initiatives Fund to create a music mentorship program—’No Fear, No Frills: Jeff Webb Talks About Music.’… The symphony worked with Alan Cashaw, president of the Johnstown Branch of the NAACP and member of the JSO’s Board of Trustees, to discuss what needs exist for students of color in Johnstown…. Three needs emerged: access/exposure to classical art forms such as symphonic music, positive adult mentoring and unifying the region through music across racial and economic barriers. Webb, director of the Johnstown Symphony Chorus, will present four events that will be supplemented by performances by guest artists, including Michael Warren, who serves as … music director at East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, and Maureen Conlon-Gutierrez, JSO concertmaster…. The programs will be held via Zoom. The first event will be presented to Greater Johnstown High School at noon Oct. 23…. Webb said the lectures will have minority presenters … who will be sharing their musical backgrounds and talents with students.”