The Boch Center Launches ‘Music Teachers Who Inspire’ Contest

In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day on Tuesday, May 8, the Boch Center in association with its upcoming production The Sound of Music are hosting a Music Teachers Who Inspire contest powered by Music Drives Us.

The Boch Center is in search of local music, band, or chorus teachers who inspire students to pursue a love of the arts. One winning teacher will receive a grand prize package that includes a $1,000 school grant from Music Drives Us, tickets to a performance of The Sound of Music at the Boch Center Wang Theatre, and a one night stay at the W Hotel Boston, including breakfast and a massage at Bliss Spa.

Nominations for the contest run to Friday, April 13 at 11:59 p.m. Students, parents and colleagues can submit their entrants for this award and learn how to cast their vote via bochcenter.org/MusicTeachersInspire. Voting will be live on the Boch Center Facebook page from April 17-30. The winning teacher will be notified on May 1 and presented with the Grand Prize package on stage prior to The Sound of Music performance on Tuesday, May 8.

The Boch Center is proudly presenting the brand new production of The Sound of Music from May 1 – 13, and is hopeful this spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences and inspire young aspiring musicians.

“Music Drives Us is proud to support the Teachers Who Inspire contest to honor educators who consistently go above and beyond to empower children through the arts. It is imperative that, for the future of the arts, we celebrate teachers who help keep music in our schools,” stated Ernie Boch, Jr., Found of Music Drives Us.

Tickets are on sale now at the Boch Center Box Office, bochcenter.org, or by calling (800) 982-ARTS (2787), and via Ticketmaster.

About the Boch Center

The Boch Center is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit performing arts institutions and a guardian of the historic Wang and Shubert Theatres. As New England’s largest cultural venue, the Boch Center is home to theater, classical and popular music, dance, comedy, opera, Broadway musicals, family entertainment, and more.

 Located in Boston’s historic Theater District, the Boch Center also offers a diverse mix of educational and community outreach initiatives, including the City Spotlights Leadership Program and ArtWeek; collaborates with artists and local nonprofit arts organizations; preserves historic venues; and acts as a champion for Greater Boston’s arts and cultural community. For more information, please visit www.bochcenter.org.

 About Music Drives Us

Music Drives Us is a registered 501(c)(3), New England nonprofit organization supplying grants to music programs designed to effect positive change for people of all ages. We seek out organizations and individuals interested in using music as a tool to better the lives of people in all segments of society.

 About The Madison Square Garden Company

The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) is a world leader in live sports and entertainment experiences.  The company presents or hosts a broad array of premier events in its diverse collection of iconic venues: New York’s Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, CA; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston.  Other MSG properties include legendary sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL) and the New York Liberty (WNBA), along with two development league teams — the Westchester Knicks (NBADL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL).  In addition, the Company features popular original entertainment productions — the Christmas Spectacular and New York Spectacular – both starring the Radio City Rockettes, and through Boston Calling Events, produces outdoor festivals, including New England’s preeminent Boston Calling Music Festival.   Also under the MSG umbrella is TAO Group, a world-class hospitality group with globally-recognized entertainment dining and nightlife brands: Tao, Marquee, Lavo, Avenue, The Stanton Social, Beauty & Essex and Vandal.  More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com

 About The Sound of Music

The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.