TEMP Goes to School
Our educational initiatives:
The Susan Anderson Kerr Scholarship and the
Austin Community Foundation
We are excited about our developing educational initiatives. The Susan Anderson Kerr Scholarship was awarded to three young musicians, two at St. Stephen’s School, and one at UT Austin’s Butler School of Music, during the 2013-2014 season. More scholarships for students between the ages of 14 and 21 are available for the 2014-2015 season, so please keep spreading the word.
Kerr Scholars 2014-2015:
• Mary (Meirui) Wang is a 10th grader at St. Stephen's who both sings and plays piano.
• Emma (Xintong) Cai is a 12th grader at St. Stephen's who is a fine pianist and a music history student.
• Alex Oberle and Sam Oberle are brothers in 10th grade at St. Stephen's; both sing and play piano, and Alex also plays drums.
The 2013-2014 season saw a renewed effort in this most exciting area. We received a grant from the Austin Community Foundation to perform at five Austin area schools, both public and private; the first of these was given at the Texas School for Blind and Visually Impaired in January, and was enthusiastically received. We also performed an outreach concert for some of the choir directors in the Pflugerville schools, and now several of them are talking to us about performing for their students this school year.
We’re looking forward to meeting more students and teachers and introducing them to their musical roots! If you know any young musicians or instructors who are interested in these opportunities, or would like to support our efforts in any way, please call (512) 377-6961 and leave a message, or email us! All contributions to the scholarship, or directly to TEMP, are fully tax-deductible.
We mourn the passing of Susan's husband, John F. Kerr, and we appreciate his generous designation of the Susan Anderson Kerr Fund for donations in his memory.
Free Online Coursera Course:
Deciphering Secrets: Unlocking the Manuscripts
of Medieval Spain
We are delighted to announce that our Convivencia CD has been recommended as supplemental material for the free, online Coursera course, Deciphering Secrets: Unlocking the Manuscripts of Medieval Spain, taught by Dr. Roger L. Martínez-Dávila and Dr. Kathryn Andrus. See the intro video for the course below. In addition to our Convivencia CD, see also our related recording, Night and Day: Sephardic Songs of Love and Exile.