EDUCATION MISSION OF THE FORUM
Our mission is to promote an arts education for local high school students by
inviting students to participate in master classes with FORUM performers
and awarding scholarships for college level study in the arts.
The Outer Banks Forum created the first Intern Program with First Flight High School. Three talented students, Zane Fisher, OJ Sawtell, both seniors, and Anna Beasley, a junior, observed and participated in an array of activities for 10 hours. They worked with board members to learn about the inner workings of the Forum, including hands-on behind-the scenes participation in performance events.
Zane is a drum, trombone and theatre enthusiast who has been accepted at Cornell University where he will study music and astronomy. OJ says she “plays any instrument the band needs” and builds guitars in her spare time. She will attend community college in Greenville to become a technical master of stage management and maker of guitars and amps. Anna is a junior who dances, plays upright and electric base and aspires to running a backstage crew and playing professionally.
Youth participated at two Forum concerts this year to further promote our education mission.
A trio from Manteo High School performed quietly as people entered for the February Forum performance. During intermission, the Neophonic Trumpet “Choir,” composed of students from Currituck Middle School, Currituck High School and First Flight High, played.
The trio’s members were Jillian Pendelton, a sophomore, on violin, William Pendleton, a senior, on cello, and Roy Murray, director, on flute. Chamber music was played.
The Neophonic Trumpet “Choir” included Emily Yurasek, a freshman, First Flight High, Parker Duck, a senior, First Flight High, CJ East, 8th grader, Currituck Middle, Lilly East, junior, Currituck High, and Chris East, father. William Pendleton, a senior, First Flight High, played cello, Nell Long was the piano accompanist, and Roy Murray directed. They played classical music.
At the March concert, piano students of Debbie-Lynn Calvino played an array of piano pieces before the performance. Students included were Chase Matis, 6th grade, FFMS, Landon Russell, 5th grade, KHES, Gigi Rosso, 6th grade, Olivia, 7th grade and Jack DeLucia, 7th grade, all from FFMS.