National Music Institute Partners With Millersville University To Offer Concert Series

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The Assai! Performance Institute and International Strings Festival proudly announces its partnership with Millersville University to host a series of both ticketed and free public concerts held between July 15-29, 2012 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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This is a wonderful example of the kind of partnerships the department of music are working towards developing in the community.

The Assai! Performance Institute, a residential summer music program for advanced music students from around the country, will be housed in the brand new Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center at Millersville University. In addition to students receiving intensive training from world-class artists, they will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of public concerts held throughout the Lancaster community as part of the Assai! International Strings Festival. The concert series will be the first events held at the newly constructed performing arts center at Millersville University.

The Assai! Performance Institute, founded by artistic director, Todd Sullivan, and executive director, Phyllis Mclaughlin was established to create one of the most well rounded, and intensive training and performance experiences for music students in the country. Community engagement through afternoon breakout performances, and the Strings Festival Concert Series, is a unique approach and a vital component to the educational program. Assai Music founders and Millersville Department Chair, Micheal Houlahan found the community engagement objectives of the program to be a perfect fit for both organizations. “This is a wonderful example of the kind of partnerships the department of music are working towards developing in the community. This festival brings together excellent performers and teachers such as the Boston String Quartet, who will train young students that will become future performers and teachers”, states Houlahan. It provides the music education students at Millersville University with the opportunity to observe master teachers in action. Young students participating in this festival will eventually become excellent performers and will have the opportunity to continue their professional studies at Millersville University.” During the festival, the Lancaster Community will have the opportunity to attend excellent concerts and master-classes with outstanding artists.

This year’s featured series artists and faculty include Grammy Award winner Mark O’Connor, The Parker Quartet, Christopher Collins Lee, The Boston String Quartet, and Austin Hartman. Full details on the featured artists, concert schedules, and ticket sales can be found by visiting the website at http://www.AssaiFestival.com

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