After a number of years without a music program, Conotton Valley resurrected it in the spring of 2016.
Superintendent Todd Herman hired Jonathan Stuck to completely build the brand program from the ground up. It has grown from 14 to 50 members since that time.
The Mockingbird Foundation, an all-volunteer nonprofit founded and run by Phish fans, recently announced sixteen new grants totaling $137,400 to be distributed to programs that support music education and experiences for children.
Conotton Valley’s efforts to secure funding proved successful and the district will receive $5,000 of the available funds to purchase new instruments.
“Our current instruments are very old and in need of repair,” explained a district representative. “The program is important not only for enriching the lives of students, but also important for the community.”
School representatives have said the money will allow more investment in music education for students. They note while it will not solve 100% of the district’s need, it can help relieve some of the financial strain.
Michaela Madison Reporting