Our mission is to promote the art of live performance with a special emphasis on classical and contemporary popular American songs by presenting them in schools, community centers and other venues with the goal of educating and developing new audiences.
Singers Nicolas King, Shana Farr, and singer/songwriter Rick Jensen visited the William Morris Intermediate School
and the Curtis High School on Staten Island to speak to kids about the
great American Songbook. The song selections included jazz standards,
Broadway standards, and contemporary American songs. The students
enjoyed the programs, asked many questions, and sang along with "Over
the Rainbow" at the end of the program. These two visits were sponsored
by the Mizzy Jonas Family Foundation which supports the education of
TASP visited Tuckahoe's Cottle School and Middle School.
Singers Shana Farr, James Tyrone Lane, and Nicolas King along with music director Rick Jensen and TASP President, Michael Estwanik, visited with Tuckahoe children and sang some of their favorite songs from the American Songbook. Some of the favorites were "A Friend Like Me" from Disney's Aladdin sung by Lane, King's rendition of Peter Pan's "I Won't Grow Up" and Farr's "Over The Rainbow" to which the kids sang along at the end. The program was so effective, the kids were clapping and snapping, they were interactive with the singers, and in the end, they jumped to a standing ovation. For more information: see the article in Tuckahoe's local newspaper.
The 2011 "Name That Tune" Benefit was a success! It was a fun evening with great costumes and prizes. The audience was entertained by the energetic and talented Mark Nadler, serenaded by the beautiful Anna Bergman and wowed by Andrea McArdle among others.
Jane Kaczmarek led the judging of the Song Title Costumes with other celebrity judges: William Ivey Long, JaneKaczmarek, Chris March, Tara Rubin, Adam Feldman, and On Stage's Frank DiLella. Jerry Herman was honored for his outstanding contribution to the American Songbook and Guild Hall in East Hampton was honored for their excellence in outreach and support of the great American songs.