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Doctors in Recital Announces 2018 Recipients

Thursday, May 11, 2017  
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Doctors in Recital, an annual charitable event organized by the Brown County Medical Society, has announced the recipients of its 2018 concert proceeds. The 2018 Community Partner is the Positive Parenting Program offered by ASPIRO; the Music Education Co-Recipients are the Creative Skills class at Green Bay Area Public Schools’ Washington Middle School, and Music for the Sake Of Music. Ordinarily, the proceeds are split 80-20 between an area nonprofit serving the community, and an area music education program. This year, however, its Board decided to benefit one community partner and two music education recipients, using the same 80-20 split. 

Celebrating 60 years of service in 2017, ASPIRO helps individuals with intellectual disabilities live their best lives. They recognize one size does not fit all and respect the choices their clients and families make for their lives. They see people first; their disability second. One of eight programs, ASPIRO’s Positive Parenting Program (PPP) is an in-home visitation program serving families headed by parents with intellectual disabilities. PPP was the first of its kind in the state when it began in 1985, and remains the only program of its kind in Brown County.

The Creative Skills class at Washington Middle School is one of the music education recipients. The grant will be used to purchase Orff instruments for the unique needs of students with intellectual, emotional and/or physical disabilities. Students will be learning to read, write, improvise and respond creatively through musical performance. They also will be utilizing the Orff instruments as they learn to play, sing, dance, listen and compose. The Creative Skills class assists students on this unique pathway and allows them to continue to develop their musical skills when they attend East High School.

Music for the Sake of Music (MFSOM) is this year’s other music education recipient. MFSOM is a not-for-profit music organization whose mission is to provide northeast Wisconsin with diverse opportunities for the creation and enjoyment of music at a high level. Their growing summer music program provides daily instrumental lessons for area youth and community members free of charge. This program also offers a variety of group classes and chamber ensemble opportunities as well as large ensemble experiences for talented high school, community and professional musicians. Teaching the lessons and classes, and playing alongside the adults and students, is a remarkably talented group of teaching musicians who come to Green Bay for this program from all around the country. These individuals, many of whom hold masters degrees or higher, love returning to Green Bay year after year to be a part of the community and to continue to contribute to Music for the Sake of Music.

Doctors in Recital will enter its twelfth year with the 2018 performance. Each act is headlined by an area physician with a passion for music, as well as a commitment to patient care. Many other area healthcare workers share the stage as back-up musicians or choir members. The 2018 performance will be at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Tickets will go on sale this autumn.

For more information, contact Kim Shefchik at 920-660-1521 or

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