from 2011

Soprano Cyndia Sieden Shines in Concert

Peninsula Reviews
by Hugh Jardin
November 4, 2011

On Saturday, October 29th, local concertgoers were treated to an evening of fireworks as coloratura soprano Cyndia Sieden sang a varied program from traditional composers (including Schubert) to modern composers (including Ades with Strauss and Schoenberg thrown in for good measure). The concert was sponsored by the S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County as the second in a series of three vocal recitals by world-class opera singers to help raise awareness of its goals to help fund the arts …read more]

Mezzo Susanne Mentzer & Pianist Brian Connelly at Hidden Valley

Peninsula Reviews
by Lyn Bronson
August 13, 2011

Last night at Hidden Valley we heard a delightful and unusual vocal concert by distinguished mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer and fine pianist Brian Connelly. This concert had a bit of a feminist slant to it, since the first half of the program featured rarely-heard love songs by Clara Schumann, based on text by Rückert and Heine, followed by Robert Schumann’s song cycle Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42, on text written by Adelbert Chamisso — text that we find today an embarrassing example of nineteenth-century romantic naïveté…[read more]

Opera star featured at STAR fundraiser

The Carmel Pine Cone
by Chris Counts
August 12, 2011

To help raise money for local theater groups, opera singer Susanne Mentzer will present will a solo recital Friday, Aug. 12, at the Hidden Valley Theatre in Carmel Valley.

Mentzer — who received a Grammy nomination for her work on a 1993 recording of Ferruccio Busoni’s “Arlecchino” — is an internationally acclaimed mezzosoprano who specializes in the music of Rossini, Strauss, Mozart, Berlioz and Mahler…[read more]

Foundation gives $61K to local theater companies

The Carmel Pine Cone
June 24-30, 2001

SEVERAL CARMEL organizations are among the 18 school drama programs and theater companies receiving $61,000 in grants from the recently formed STAR Foundation of Monterey County…[read more]

Good Monday Morning: A command performance

The Californian
by Michael Rivera, Special to The Californian
January 17, 2011

From purchasing lighting and stage equipment to arranging for low-income students to receive complimentary tickets, one Salinas-area nonprofit has been making a difference in the lives of Monterey County theater companies.

The Support Theater Arts Regionally (STAR) Foundation in recent years has given tens of thousands of dollars in grants to high school, college and private theater companies across the county… [read more]


Application deadline: 2020 Performing Arts Scholarship- May 15

THE S.T.A.R. FOUNDATION IS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING SCHOLARSHIP REQUESTS  SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION S.T.A.R. Foundation Performing Arts Scholarship Awards for 2020-2021 The S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County (Support The Arts Regionally) Scholarship program exists to help graduating Monterey County high school seniors pursue their interest in the performing arts beyond the secondary school setting. Scholarship awards are available for students having an interest in acting, musical theater, vocal and/or instrumental music, related technical skills, playwriting, performing arts management in a college or in an extracurricular program. Depending on available funds, students attending a two-year college will […read more.]