South Charlotte

Chamber music benefits artists

Waxhaw Woman's Club President Carol Holtzclaw said audiences can savor chamber music when The Charlotte Area Foundation for Music and Handcrafted Art presents a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Charlotte, at the corner of Tryon and 7th streets.

There will be free parking behind Rock Bottom Cafe.

A reception will follow. Proceeds will go to support young artists and musicians through grants and scholarships funded by the foundation.

Tickets - $12 for adults and $8 for students - will be available at the door or online at; or call 704-614-3008.

Holtzclaw, also on the foundation's board of directors, introduced me to Deborah Neuhs, who is president of the foundation and a teaching artist who lives in Waxhaw, where she runs an art studio and gives group and private art instruction.

Neuhs told me about the artists who perform: The ensemble includes Kellan Toohey, of Boulder, Colo., a clarinetist with the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra; Amber Carpenter, a music major at UNC Charlotte, plays the harp; Timothy Dinsmore, double majoring in music and engineering at UNC Charlotte, will play classical guitar; Dawn Carpenter of Matthews will play piano; Matthew Dinsmore of Charlotte, a student of Mila Gilbody, will play violin; and Hannah Elisabeth Dinsmore, a student of Shirley Gilpin, will play flute.

Traven Harrington of Raeford is a tenor in the voice studio of Dr. Jeff Price. Traven is double-majoring in music with a concentration in voice and Africana studies at UNC Charlotte.

"The Charlotte Area Foundation for Music and Handcrafted Art is a nonprofit and an important part of the future of fine art and beautiful classical music in our area, because the organization gives grants and scholarships to private individuals," said Neuhs.

"We understand how great the financial needs can be for art and music students, and so we are honored to be able to assist with expenses related to study," she said. "The foundation strives to serve as many students as possible. Assistance is based on merit as well as financial need."

Neuhs said the foundation has given out more than $2,000 in grants in the past year.

The foundation also partnered with larger organizations to provide instruments for a music program at Winterfield Elementary School and sponsored a scholarship for a student to attend the Summer Chamber Music for Teens Summer Workshop.

Join the foundation Saturday night for a classical delight at St. Peter's Episcopal Church Parish Hall.