Free concert launches “88 Hearts for YSU”

Caroline Oltmanns

Caroline Oltmanns

A free concert featuring internationally acclaimed pianist and Youngstown State University professor of Piano Caroline Oltmanns will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, in Anne Kilcawley Christman Memorial Hall at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown.

The concert is the launch of a philanthropic endeavor to establish the Endowed Scholarship for Piano Students at Youngstown State University. Oltmanns hopes to raise $10,000 to permanently endow a scholarship fund for piano students with financial needs. The campaign is titled “88 Hearts for YSU” – representing the 88 keys on the piano. Eighty-eight donations of $114 will reach the $10,000 goal.

For more information on how to support the piano endowment, contact Catherine Cala in University Development at 330-941- 2752 or cacala@ysu.edu. To make an online gift, visit www.ysu.edu/givetoysu, select “OTHER” and type “88 Hearts Endowment” in the Comments box.

Oltmanns has performed extensively in Europe, South Africa and the United States. Her playing has been broadcast on radio and television stations worldwide. In addition to a wide variety of concerto and piano solo repertoire, she frequently performs and premieres works by contemporary composers. She has presented master classes and workshops in the United States, Switzerland, Germany, South Africa and Canada. She is a Fulbright Scholar and International Steinway Artist. Her students have been accepted into prestigious programs in the United States and abroad and have pursued successful careers in music.