I’ll never forget the moment my son Will walked out on the beautiful stage of Shaftman Performance Hall for his very first solo performance.

His confidence, his stage presence and hours of instruction and practice culminated in a performance in front of hundreds of guests and triggered deep emotion. Tears filled my eyes as I watched my son transform into a talented performer and entertainer. As a mother, it was truly a magical moment I’ll never forget.

For many of you that know, the Music Lab at Jefferson Center changes, guides, teaches and provides opportunities to young aspiring musicians, like my son, every day. The Music Lab itself is a high tech facility where 6th -12th grade students can compose original music, record with professional equipment, learn the disciplines of teamwork in performing music and receive mentoring from award winning musicians who perform concerts on the stages of Jefferson Center.

As a mother raising a young man, the Music Lab has inspired a career and my son.

- Beth Macy, Music Lab Student Mom and New York Times best selling author

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