Freeport, Bahamas – The Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society is pleased to enter its third year with great success. With its mandate of
showcasing a wide range of art forms on the island, the company has kept their word. In 2009, they featured pianist Tannis Gibson who also conducted a master class, the NYC Comedy Club, Music for a Spring Evening (piano and flute concert) and master class; and the Pam Woods and Friends Jazz Concert and Woods also conducted masterclasses at three schools.
Last year they hosted the Winter Music Festival with Trio Collage (piano, cello and violin) as well as a free concert for children called Carnival of the Animals; back by popular demand and brought to two shows, performances of the NYC Comedy Club; international recording artists, Naturally 7; and the Broadway Baby concert and vocal master class featuring company founder Dalia Feldman, who also produced a CD with all proceeds donated to the company. CDs are available at Island Java, The Silk Cafe, The Mail Drop, and Lucaya International School.
One of the ways the Society helps performing arts students at every event they produce is to have their performers lead masterclasses or workshops. All over the world, masterclasses start at $ 50 per person, but the Society offers this at minimal cost (usually $ 10) to local students because they want to provide those learning opportunities that wouldn’t exist. otherwise and want to make them available to everyone. A master class offers students a chance to learn firsthand from a master in the field. Students can sign up to play for the master teacher, who then works with them on technique and performance skills to improve their overall performance, all in front of an audience providing them with a wonderful and well-rounded experience. Students and teachers benefit immensely from these courses, whether they participate or just watch. Local students as well as teachers are encouraged to take advantage of these courses which are usually offered before or after the date of the performance.
Here are some quotes from the latest vocal master class conducted by Robert Edwin:
“Being a voice trainer myself, I was amazed at the knowledge of the voice and the songs he showed us. There was a quick learning curve for everyone who will stay with us forever. Everything was positive and very nice. Thank you GBPAS for the opportunity! ” Marjoke Twiest
“I enjoyed how the genre of music each person chose was cultivated and improved.” Rouen Robinson
“Being in the master class really showed me that singing is not all about singing! We successfully learned how to tell a story using body language and music, it was a great experience!” Java Hunting
If you or your family are interested in becoming a member, you can contact the company at
firstname.lastname@example.org . The Company also has a Facebook page.
Annual GBPAS membership starts at just $ 25 per year for individuals and $ 50 for families and increases from there for those who wish to give a little more. Sponsorship starts at $ 500.
Donations are also greatly received and appreciated. Membership has its privileges, as membership card holders enjoy discounts at the following locations in Grand Bahama: The Silk Cafe, Island Java, Mamadoo’s, Agave, Sabor, the Garden Cafe, and Pisces.
GBPAS would like to thank all their
members, sponsors and artists for their support, and a special mention to their major sponsors who have supported them during their first two years: Harnisch Family Philanthropies; Thayer’s natural remedies; American Airlines / American Eagle; Pelican Bay Hotel; The Bahamian Weekly; Mackey Media; and Keen i Media.
“We are delighted that the GBPAS has grown so rapidly in just 2 years. We started with no money and a dream, and so many people have helped us make that dream come true. In 2011, we will finally be able to do what we set out to do from the start, providing funding to the local performing arts community and students in particular. Our Funding Request Form will be available in the New Year for anyone wishing to apply for assistance and we will be sending 2 high school students to the Performing Arts Camp this summer. We couldn’t be more excited about it! “ said Dalia Feldman, founder of GBPAS.
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