What’s Happening Backstage
November 9, 2016
Originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Dr. Landefeld’s background is in executive college administration where she began her career in Student Services and worked her way up to Academic/Executive Dean. Leading a team of almost 60 faculty members and administrative staff, Doni started using coaching techniques before the profession of coaching became the growing industry it is today. Since moving to Florida in 2004, she completed her Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Walden University and created Metamorphosis Coaching to help business professionals transform their performance and leadership skills. Dr. Landefeld also holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Temple University and a B.S. in Music Education and double-bass performer’s certificate from the Pennsylvania State University, main campus. She completed training from the College of Executive Coaching and works with her own personal coach.Read The Entire Story Here
October 10, 2016
It's been a few decades since I've experienced a first day of school. But I've been looking forward to Aug. 10, the first day of MusicWorks! at the Heights, and it finally arrived. As arts & entertainment writer/critic for Florida Weekly, I wrote an A1 cover story about the MusicWorks! program earlier in the year, called "Symphonic Delight." (March 10-16, 2016 issue). I was intrigued and fascinated by how these young kids, 5 to 7 or 8 years old, were learning about music and, in the course of just a few months, could play a song on their instrument -- violin, viola, cello or bass. The program was drenched in positive feelings and encouragement, and, not only that, the kids appeared to be having fun.Read The Entire Story Here
September 19, 2016
Gulf Coast Symphony has launched a GoFundMecampaign to raise $25,000 for its MusicWorks! kids program. The after-school program uses musical instruments to empower kids in the Harlem Heights community of Fort Myers, help them achieve their full potential and positively affect their society through music, according to a symphony press release.Read The Entire Story Here
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The Gulf Coast Symphony has created MusicWorks!, an El Sistema-inspired after-school program embedded in a larger, pre-existing program called School Success at The Heights Center in Harlem Heights. MusicWorks! provides string instruction Monday through Friday, totaling 7.5 hours per week during the school year. This program offers an innovative education and social initiative that provides opportunities for personal development to children through the study of music.
Annual Gala: February 4, 2017
Puttin’ on the Ritz
An evening of socializing, shopping, gourmet cuisine, and music! Celebrate in the style of New York 1930s glamour for the Puttin’ on the Ritz, a gala to benefit Gulf Coast Symphony’s community and education initiatives. Enjoy a special cabaret performance featuring the works from the Irving Berlin songbook.