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September 21st, 2016

Legacy Foundation Holds 1st Auditions at Lake Worth Playhouse for Young Artists

The Palm Beach Pops Partners with Lake Worth Playhouse to Audition Promising Young Musicians for Scholarships, Bob Lappin Legacy Grant
Nonprofit’s Legacy Foundation of Palm Beach County scholarship and grant applicants include aspiring conductors, vocalists, violinists, pianists and more

West Palm Beach, FL (Sept. 16, 2016) — The Palm Beach Pops and its Legacy Foundation of Palm Beach County are partnering with the prestigious Lake Worth Playhouse to hold auditions for underprivileged music students seeking scholarships of up to $5,000, as well as young pianists or conductors vying for the inaugural Maestro Bob Lappin Legacy Grant of up to $10,000.

The Playhouse is set to host auditions in its mainstage theatre at the end of the month. Applicants will perform in front of a distinguished review committee of business and cultural leaders with hopes of securing much-needed scholarship funds for instruments, lessons, music school tuition or other relevant needs. Funds will be paid directly to the institution, teacher or vendor.

“We are extremely grateful to the Playhouse for helping us reach the goals the Legacy Foundation is setting out to accomplish,” said Palm Beach Pops President and Executive Director Jon Lappin. “The leadership of the Playhouse certainly understands the importance of arts and culture in the community. We are united in our efforts to reach a new generation of promising talent to help fight the root of cultural erosion.”
Auditions are closed to the public. Scheduled performers include violinists, flutists, vocalists, pianists and cellists. Applicants represent numerous Palm Beach County area schools, such as Jupiter Middle School, Jupiter High School, Palm Beach Lakes High School, Wellington High School and several elementary schools. Funding recipients will be announced within two weeks after the auditions.

Review committee members include:
• Natalie Alvarez, Director/Vice President, Sabadell Bank & Trust
• Christie Amodie, philanthropist and Director of Admissions, Cardinal Newman High School
• Lori Cohen, philanthropist and retired teacher
• Anthony M. Comorat, CFA, Senior Vice President, Wealth Management and Fiduciary, Sabadell Bank & Trust
• Jason S. Haselkorn, Esq., Partner, Ciklin, Lubitz, O’Connell
• Jon Lappin, President and Executive Director, Palm Beach Pops
• Jennifer Minsky, Esq.
• Janet Nakushian, philanthropist, former vocalist, Palm Beach Pops Director
• Don Silver, COO, BoardroomPR
• Brian Wolhust, actor, musician, vocalist, producer

The Legacy Foundation of Palm Beach County is a recently launched extension of The Palm Beach Pops’ existing outreach programs that have taught nearly 100,000 music students in the county. Its Maestro Bob Lappin Legacy Grant will be awarded to an individual between 21 and 35 years old who shows exceptional proficiency in piano or a significant interest in conducting.
For more information on the foundation, visit

Now entering its 64th season, The Lake Worth Playhouse is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community theatre with a never-be-dark policy. Year-round programming includes award-winning dramas, comedies, musicals, area premieres, Broadway favorites, children’s shows, black box theatre, international ballets and operas in cinema, a live concert series and alternative programming.  The Playhouse also offers educational programs for adults and children, and community outreach initiatives that bring cultural programs into the neighborhoods of underserved youth, and also make theatre available free of charge for disadvantaged citizens in the community.

“We are thrilled to partner with The Palm Beach Pops and the Legacy Foundation of Palm Beach County,” said Daniel Eilola, Director of Development at Lake Worth Playhouse. “Our respective institutions have rich histories of supporting the county’s cultural community and giving underprivileged children and young adults opportunities in music, arts and culture that they otherwise would not have access to.”
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About The Palm Beach Pops and Legacy Foundation of Palm Beach County:
Founded in 1991 by the late Music Director and Conductor Bob Lappin, The Palm Beach Pops quickly distinguished itself as a world-class pops orchestra, dedicated to preserving the American Songbook. Additionally, The Palm Beach Pops has a long history of serving the children in its community by presenting quality music education programs. Lappin’s cultural impact will live on through the Legacy Foundation of Palm Beach County, led by his son Jon Lappin. The Palm Beach Pops orchestra will continue to perform at benefits and is available for hire.

Media contacts: Don Silver or Eric Kalis, BoardroomPR: 954-370-8999 or