Document Type

Grant Application


Stephanie Burkett Gerson


Fall 2015

Project Period

FY 2015-2016

Project Abstract/ Summary

Each year the University of Maine School of Performing Arts presents a completely student-organized fundraiser pops concert in the Collins Center for the Arts. The project serves three purposes - to raise funds that will support the outreach programs of the SPA, to raise awareness of the SPA offerings throughout the community and state, and to provide students with the opportunity to organize, produce, direct, and perform in a professional-quality show in a renowned concert hall. This year's production, Astonishing! The Songs and Stories of Broadway's Best features over fifty students, faculty, and alumni on stage performing in a pops orchestra or as featured vocalists and dancers. Stephanie will conduct master classes for UMaine students and also spend three days in rehearsals before sharing the stage with the students on the evening of January 30, 2016.