Erin Culp: Raising money for music at Abraxas High
By Emily Sorensen
Though she’s long been bringing music to children, this time Erin Culp is hoping to do it on a school-wide basis.
Culp, a Poway resident who is a stringed instrument instructor, is putting on a concert benefiting Abraxas High School, with the hope of creating a music program for the students who attend the alternative high school.
Abraxas High School first came onto Culp’s radar when she and her family moved into a home down the street from the school last November. “I noticed it operated differently from a normal high school,” said Culp. Upon learning that Abraxas High School catered to students in need of continuing and finishing their high school education in an alternate environment, Culp was determined to study it further.
“I learned that they don’t really have electives there,” said Culp, “only core education classes.” Culp is now trying to raise money through a pair of concerts she has organized in order to start a music program for the high school.
Though the school focuses on getting students to graduate, Culp feels they need more than just ready, writing and arithmetic. “Music is a great outlet for people to have,” said Culp. “It helps people express themselves. Many of these kids have next to no parental involvement, they need this outlet.”
All of the funding for the concert has come from Culp herself, mostly from the income she earns teaching students to play string instruments. “All the money raised will go to Abraxas,” said Culp. “The hope is that we raise enough to start a music program, or a music club.” Abraxas High School students have expressed interest in learning the guitar and about music media, and Culp is hoping to use some of the money raised to buy instruments. While Culp doesn’t teach guitar, she said she would love to help with the music program by serving as an overseer, or help coordinate the program.
The concerts will be held on two nights, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29, at Crosspointe Baptist Church in Poway. The concerts will also have a raffle, which is offering paintings by a local Poway artist, gift baskets and gift certificates.
Some of Culp’s string students will be performing in the concert, as well as a percussion instrumentalist, a praise band from Crosspointe Baptist Church, who are working on some contemporary pop songs, and a voice teacher will be singing on Saturday night. Even Culp’s mother, a professional cellist, is getting in on the action, and will be performing as well.
Tickets for the benefit concerts are $8 for students, $10 for adults, and can be purchased by contacting Erin Culp at lessonsNmusic@gmail.com.
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