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On Saturday, Sept. 7 at Stambaugh Auditorium, the head of Youngstown State University’s piano department, Dr. Caroline Oltmanns, will perform a recital to create a scholarship fund for gifted piano students at YSU.
The fundraiser is called “88 Hearts for Youngstown.”
Oltmanns said there is a lot of talent in this area and there is a great need for a scholarship program. She said she is unable to take students because there is no money for them to attend the Dana School of Music.
“It breaks my heart,” Oltmanns said.
The concert is free and open to the public, but guests who are financially able to give will be asked to donate money toward the scholarship program. Piano “keys” will be sold at the event, with all proceeds going toward the scholarship program.
The concert will feature classical pieces by Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin, among others.
She said the number of piano students at YSU fluctuates between 15 and 30. Oltmanns said she would like to grow the program and is hoping to attract more students with the scholarships.
The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Crissman Room at Stambaugh Auditorium.