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News Release
Rock Violinist's School of Music Reaches Beyond Borders - 07/18/21

Portland, Or, --  After more than two decades as the Northwest’s leading concert rock violinist, Aaron Meyer is expanding the heart and soul of his musical career with the establishment of the Aaron Meyer School of Music.

Building on his successful music education program, The Aaron Meyer School of Music (AM School of Music) offers private lessons, instrument assistance, school assemblies, and live performances for young students in the northwest, and across the world. Meyer brings in musicians and partners to teach, mentor, and create opportunities for children to discover the power of music; a power Aaron experiences with a global perspective.

STUDENTS ACROSS THE WORLD IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Utilizing emerging technologies, Meyer connects weekly with students nearly 8,000 miles away in Ngapali Beach, Myanmar. There is no cost to any of the families, as the lessons are funded through donations.

When Meyer began his music education programs nearly 18 years ago, under the mentorship of his dear friend and musical partner, guitarist Tim Ellis, efforts included individual lessons, school assemblies, and summer music camps. After Ellis passed away in 2016, Meyer was committed to continuing his legacy and creating even more opportunities for underserved students. 

When COVID hit in early 2020, Meyer  knew how important it would be to reach students who were now isolated from a traditional learning environment.  He continued to teach his existing students from his home studio, over Skype.  It  was an easy transition for him as he had been engaging this way for years with his students in other states and in Southeast Asia.  

During the pandemic, Meyer expanded the program, hiring fellow musicians, including Dan Balmer and Christian Kinyon, both accomplished guitarists, to teach new students online or in COVID-safe situations.  

“When many musicians were suddenly left without a way to earn income, it turned out to be a time we could open doors for young people, while offering music teachers a way to continue their work,” said Meyer.

Over the course of the past year, the program has grown to include nearly 22 private students, more than double the number in early 2020.

As the Aaron Meyer School of Music continues to expand, Meyer invites viewers worldwide to join him in celebrating music education while helping to raise funds to offer scholarships to students. 

WORLD-WIDE LIVESTREAM FOR MUSIC EDUCATION

On Sunday, July 25,  Aaron Meyer and his band will broadcast live from Oregon wine country for the 5th Annual Harmony in the Vineyard at Stoller Family Estate. This benefit event for music education draws people to the heart of the Dundee Hills for an evening of music, wine tasting, and student performances, all to raise money for the AM School of Music. This year, in addition to the small audience at the winery, the event will be broadcast on YouTube to viewers across the world for free. 

“My hope is that those watching online will be moved to support the cause of bringing music education to young people of all backgrounds; all abilities,” said Meyer. 

The one-hour live concert will feature Meyer’s dynamic band, student performances, and an online auction.  All the  proceeds from the event will go to the AM School of Music.  Donations qualify for tax consideration through a partnership with the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. 

“We believe every business has a responsibility to give back,”  said Gary Mortensen, president of Stoller Wine Group.

 “Music education and exposure to the arts are critically important to young people if we are to create a thriving, healthy community.  We are thrilled to be able to offer our support of the inspiring efforts of the Aaron Meyer School of Music.”
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Harmony in the Vineyard, Live from Stoller Family Estate, Sunday, July 25, 7 PM, YouTube.

RSVP for this free online event at https://www.aaronmeyer.com/schedule/2021/238/harmony-in-the-vineyard

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Aaron Meyer, Concert Rock Violinist 

One of the nation’s top rock violinists, Aaron Meyer, and his band have been mesmerizing audiences for more than two decades, injecting new life and excitement to familiar classical pieces and rock-n-roll favorites. From Mozart and Vivaldi, to Queen and Led Zeppelin, Aaron’s unique arrangements and passionate stage presence have been exciting and engaging fans of all ages across the world.

Classically trained from age 5, Aaron earned a solo opportunity with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 11.  He moved from the east coast to Oregon in the 1990s, joining the nationally renown band Pink Martini in 1996.  In 2000, Aaron formed his own band and began performing around the region and across the globe. 

Aaron Meyer, Concert Rock Violinist
WEBSITE: www.aaronmeyer.com
Aaron Meyer School of Music: https://www.aaronmeyer.com/music-education

Media Contact: Rachael Mortensen, 503 550 9463, RachaelGMortensen@Gmail.com

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