Sera Schools winter recital takes place Thursday in Vail |

Sera Schools winter recital takes place Thursday in Vail

Daily staff report
Vail CO, Colorado
HL Sera Schools 02 11/14/08 JF

VAIL, Colorado ” Sera Schools will host its second annual winter recital tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Vail Mountain School. The event serves as one of the showcase events for students and faculty of the program. More than 100 students participate in Sera Schools after School Programs, an innovative public and private school music program serving a diverse group of ages and talents. Performances by Sera Schools faculty members will include selections from “Fantasie-Impromptu Op. 66,” by F. Chopin, “Think of Me” by A. L. Webber and selections from Saint-Saëns “Second Piano Concerto in G Minor.” Students of all ages will express themselves at a variety of skill levels, and receive honors for their achievements.

Through Sera Schools, students are given the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience starting at the age of four, and many of these aspiring young musicians will be experiencing this opportunity for the first time. Not only do students learn to read music and play in ensembles, performance opportunities like this one present the students with larger life-skills, such as learning how to prepare for a performance and how to deal with any nervousness.

Sera Schools student Valerie Mesch is furthering her vocal training along with lessons for her three children.

“Sera Schools has provided a good introduction to piano for my 7-year-old twins. It’s not so intense that they feel overwhelmed with what they need to practice,” Mesch said. Mesch describes her experience as nurturing with a high level of attention given to individual pace and recognition for achievement.

“For my 13 year old, a private lesson allows him to learn the guitar at his pace; and finally for myself, the voice lessons have provided an opportunity to sing and exercise my voice with some constructive criticism.”

Sera Schools is grateful for the dedication and support of the partnerships with local schools, principals/faculty and businesses.

“Participating in the two recitals [held yearly] is tremendously important for Sera Schools students,” said Sera Schools founder, Brita Fay. “(Recitals) offer students a platform to gauge their progress and families an opportunity to celebrate their growth.

“Children in particular are heavily inspired by the wonderful culture of music they experience at recitals, and they take this inspiration and motivation with them back to their classes,” Fay continued. “Events like this one can really keep them self-motivated and boost their personal initiative throughout the year.”

For more information, contact Sera Schools at

What: Sera Schools winter recital

Where: Vail Mountain School

When: Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

More information: Visit or call 970-343-0819

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