To the editor:
This past weekend I had the privilege to chaperone the Lincoln Academy band trip to New York City. Our community should be so very proud of these kids. Not only did they perform beautifully at the Heritage Festival, where they competed against schools from across the country. They were respectful to each other and everyone, from the bus driver, hotel staff, fellow symphony and Broadway show goers and more.
The tradition of attending the performance festival is part of Liz Matta’s passion for teaching. She has given her students the opportunity to explore their talents outside of a tiny basement band room and see what the music world has to offer. The love she has for her job and her students makes my heart swell. We are so fortunate to have her as well as so many other teachers devoted to the arts. Watching the LA band play on a stage in a large hall, hearing how strong they sounded, I wish you all could’ve heard it.
This program needs a larger space. Our kids are winning awards for their musical endeavors and are playing instruments in a basement and singing in a trailer. Please help support Lincoln’s mission to build a performing arts venue. It would be an amazing asset to this great program and our entire community.