One of the purposes of Fox Islands Concerts is to encourage and promote music education on the islands of North Haven and Vinalhaven. We provide grants to each island school for specific musical needs (books, music, instruments, etc.) and music-related scholarships to students.
In recent years we have provided funds for student field trips to hear concerts, attend music camps, or take private lessons.
In 2017 trombonist Art Baron spent a week instructing students in the Vinalhaven and North Haven schools, a project jointly funded by Fox Islands Concerts and Partners in Island Education (PIE). Some pictures capturing their interaction can be seen here.
In the spring of 2018 Fox Islands Concerts is collaborating with PIE and the Vinalhaven School to provide funding to bring the Bridge Ensemble to Vinalhaven to work with high school and middle school classes. Based in Baltimore, the Bridge Ensemble is a highly regarded professional chamber choir specializing in new music and works from the Renaissance and Middle Ages. Its artistic director, Gil Spencer, is working with Vinalhaven teacher Bill Trevaskis to develop a program that entertains, instructs, and challenges students. While in residence, the group is also presenting a school-wide concert during the school day along with a community concert for residents of both Vinalhaven and North Haven with student and community involvement.It is our hope in coming years to bring other artists to the islands during the school year to interact with the students and with the island population in general. If you are an island resident and are interested in a grant from Fox Islands Concerts, please contact email@example.com.