Lynn Schugren was just 5 years old when she fell in love with the piano.
“Learning about music opens a door to a whole other wonderful world. The young people of our community deserve the opportunity to experience that world,” said Schugren. She will be in recital 2 p.m. Sunday at Peace Lutheran Church performing selections of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Copeland and Vance. All proceeds from the concert will directly benefit Music in the Mountains education programs.
“Music education is not just a singular program for MIM. It’s really a philosophy,” said Cristine Kelly, MIM executive director. “Having a pianist of Ms. Schugren’s caliber donate her time and talent to benefit MIM education is such an honor.”
As music and arts programs are affected by budget cuts in California’s schools, MIM continues to offer extensive opportunities for children to experience music in their lives. Partnering with local school districts, they present programs such as Music Live!, Peers 4 Peers, which bring live performances to the classroom, and Brummitt-Taylor Listening, which is a comprehensive five-year active listening curriculum. Each year, hundreds of children have the experience of free live concerts tailored just for them.
“The really unique thing about the MIM philosophy is that it weaves together all of these different programs to strengthen the fabric of a young person’s experience,” enthuses Mark Vance, MIM Education Coordinator. “So that what they may hear in the classroom in a recording later on in that same year they may hear on the stage or even play at the music fair. The layers build upon each other.”
Schugren began her musical studies at the tender age of five. As a teenager she attended the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and after graduating from Mount Saint Mary’s Academy, she attended Mills College, a recipient of the Ford Foundation Talent Award Grant. She holds a degree in music from the University of California, Berkeley.
“Music is such an important part of life, an outlet for emotions, a way to express oneself and something that creates pride in accomplishment,” said Schugren. “Learning about music opens a door to a whole other wonderful world. The young people of our community deserve the opportunity to experience that world.”
Tickets for the recital are $15, and free for youth. For information on this concert and MIM Education, go to www.musicinthemountains.org or contact the box office at (530) 265-6173.