Community Press Release – SAM Presents House Concert Fundraiser

School of American Music Presents House Concert “Piano and Violin Classics”

Submitted by Donna Mitchell, School of American Music Executive Director

Concert is a fundraiser for the School of American Music Future Fund

The School of American Music presents its first House Concert of 2023, “Piano and Violin Classics”, on Sunday, June 4th at 4:00 p.m. EDT. Back by popular demand is Aglaja Petrova on piano and special guest Carly Paris on violin. The concert will be held at a private home in Harbert, Michigan. The address will be sent upon ticket purchase. All ticket proceeds go toward the School of American Music Future Fund, which ensures music education for under-resourced communities and students. The $250 per person tickets are tax deductible and all receipts will be matched 100% by an anonymous donor. Tickets may be purchased at

Mary Wilson, School of American Music Vice President, said “The piano and violin together make some of the most beautiful music imaginable. We hope you can join us for this small intimate concert. The tickets also make wonderful gifts.”

Aglaja Petrova, Photo provided by School of American Music

 Aglaja Petrova is a classically trained pianist who is passionate about sharing her love of music. A recent graduate of Indiana University Bloomington Jacobs School of Music, she studied with French Classical pianist Jean-Louis Haguenauer. Aglaja has a zeal for Arts Administration discovered through her minor in Arts Management from the O’Neil School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU. Aglaja hopes to explore this further at her upcoming summer internship at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. She has been accepted into the graduate program for Arts Administration at Indiana University for the fall. As a former piano instructor at the School of American Music, Aglaja has broadened her musical knowledge by preparing students of all ages to perform. She hopes to pass on her adoration of music to past and future students. This will mark her third concert to support the School of American Music.

Carly Paris, Photo provided by School of American Music

Born and raised in Concord, Massachusetts, Carly Paris began playing violin at the age of ten. She is currently a senior at the Eastman School of Music and studies violin with Professor Renée Jolles. Recently, she performed in Eastman’s Kodak Hall as the concertmaster of the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing, Carly has been teaching violin for six years and has a passion for making music education more accessible to all.

About School of American Music: The School of American Music was founded by D. Garth Taylor to serve as a music resource in Michiana. Currently serving as President of SAM, Taylor has been joined over the years by Executive Director, Donna M. Mitchell and a full Board of Directors. Their mission is to provide education, performance, and audience opportunities in music and the related arts in the Southwest Michigan area. The School of American Music, located in Three Oaks, Michigan, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The school provides education, performance, and audience opportunities in music and the related arts in the Southwest Michigan area.

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