Squamish Academy of Music to Organise Coffee Concert


Kayla Matzen performing in a SAM coffee concert in 2014.
Photo: Melissa Braun

By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: Feb 4, 2014

The first coffee concert organised by Squamish Academy of Music (SAM) is scheduled for Feb. 7, at 3 pm at the Squamish Academy of Music on Second Ave.

Citizens are invited to join Russell Cripps, Kayla Matzen, Melissa Braun and Jeanine Fynn as they present a fun and entertaining collection of songs, duets and trios with accompaniment from Erik Musseau. 

Braun, the principal of the academy, said the concert is appropriate for music lovers of all ages. Admission is by donation and all proceeds will help local students afford an education in the performing arts. Coffee will be provided by the new downtown cafe, 1914 Coffee Co.

“SAM and HSPAA coffee concerts are a great way to see and hear musical talent in our community”, said performer and SAM teacher Kayla Matzen.

“Performers are happy to support the events by donating their time since we all consider it to be such a worthy cause.”

Coffee Concerts happen on the first Saturday of every month. The next coffee concert is on March 7.

SAM has had about 15 concerts, beginning in the spring of 2013.  The most recent concert took place in June 2014, and there has been a short hiatus from the concerts while I was on maternity leave.

Braun said the concerts serve two main purposes: They offer students and other locals the opportunity to hear a wide variety of live music. Second, the concerts serve as a fundraiser to help local students afford lessons in the performing arts.
Funds have gone towards helping students afford lessons in dance, music, and theatre.
“Funds have gone towards helping students afford lessons in dance, music, and theatre,” she said.
” All donations at the door go towards students and all performers have donated their time.”