22 Apr

Uptown Music Collective Open House

11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Uptown Music Collective

Press Release: Uptown Music Collective to hold Open House
Who: The Uptown Music Collective (a Non-Profit School of Music)
What: 2017 Spring Open House                    
Where: The Uptown Music Collective, 144 West Third St. Suite 201, Williamsport, Pa 17701
When: Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 from 11 am to 2 pm
Contact: Jared Mondell (jared@uptownmusic.org, 570-329-0888, uptownmusic.org)

On Saturday, April 22nd from 11 am to 2 pm the Uptown Music Collective will be hosting an Open House at the school’s new facility in the Trade and Transit 2 Building located on the second floor of 144 West Third Street in Downtown Williamsport. The facility features 8 private lesson suites, 2 classrooms, 2 ensemble rooms, a music therapy/special needs suite, a computer lab, a recording studio, video studio, and more.

In addition to tours of the facility, staff and teachers will be on hand to answer questions, discuss the school’s programs, and assist with enrollment for the upcoming Summer Semester and upcoming Summer Music Camp series. Enrollment is open for private lessons on Guitar, Vocals, Bass, Keyboards, and Drums, as well as for workshops in styles such as Rock, Blues, and Jazz. Enrollment will also be available for classes in music theory, songwriting, harmony, and a lot more. The Collective offers free classes and workshops to all students that are enrolled in private lessons at the school. The school also offers financial assistance and scholarship opportunities upon request. 

The Collective's 16 Week Summer Semester is set to begin on May 8th, 2017. On May 27th at 7:30 pm, on the stage of the Community Arts Center, the Uptown Music Collective and the Williamsport Civic Chorus will present their first collaboration, Voices Rising. The concert event will feature Uptown Music Collective students performing “vocal-heavy” rock classics by groups like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Queen, U2, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more. Alongside the heavy vocal sound of the Williamsport Civic Chorus. On June 2nd and 3rd the Uptown Music Collective, in collaboration with The Billtown Blues Association and The Brickyard Restaurant and Ale House, will present the 9th Annual Blues-A-Thon. The Blues-A-Thon is a 24-hour fundraising event for the school. This year’s featured special guest, thanks to the Billtown Blues Association, will be legendary blues artist Mr. Bob Margolin. Margolin is a staple in the blues world, best known for having played with the great Muddy Waters from 1973 to 1980. Students will have the opportunity to be a part of the school’s upcoming Summer Semester performance events, on stage or behind the scenes, as well as the school’s Summer Music Fest taking place on July 29th in Brandon Park and a variety of smaller community performances taking place throughout the semester.

In the last 17 years, the Uptown Music Collective has grown from what many used to call “the best-kept secret in the Williamsport area,” to one of the area’s most highly respected, non-profit, educational organizations. While the school is dedicated to providing a well-rounded education to students of all ages, it focuses many of its programs on students 10 – 18. The Uptown Music Collective is known for its positive peer group, inspiring teachers, and a diverse multitude of performance opportunities.

“The Collective is a place of growth. A musical home where you learn where you stand with music, and what you want to take out of it,” says Collective Student David Chubirka (16 yro, Montoursville High School).  “At the Collective you not only learn how to play music. You learn to live and breathe it. You start out playing the guitar, for example, just looking to learn a couple chords. But the teachers here inspire you. Bring you to new levels of what you never thought you’d accomplish. Setting new goals for yourself every time you step foot in that building. Learning an instrument somewhere else… just isn’t the same.”

In spite of the fact that the Collective is known for highly talented student performers, there is no previous experience needed to begin enrollment at the Collective. There are currently openings for students of all levels who are looking for private instruction as well as looking to participate in the school’s classes and workshops. The school feels strongly about the role of music in creating well-rounded, thoughtful young people, and works to establish characteristics such as self-discipline and personal responsibility in each of its students through healthy habits such as practice and self- control. Uptown Music Collective students consistently perform at high levels not only musically, but also in their respective schools and as valuable members of other community organizations.  

For more information about the Open House, getting enrolled at the Collective, or setting up a private tour call 570-329-0888, email Brendan Mondell at brendan@uptownmusic.org or visit the Collective on the web at www.uptownmusic.org.

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