Mission Statement

    The mission of Limelight Arts is to offer innovative, culturally relevant, student interest driven, world-class music and performing arts education for students in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

 
 
Vision

     Limelight Performing Arts Community Center’s innovative approach to 21st century arts education combines traditional methods of music and performing arts study with state-of-the-art technology.  Through hands-on exploration, supervised instruction, and peer collaboration, students enhance artistic abilities while experiencing an understanding of the expressive and professional aspects of performing arts, with an emphasis on character building and individual growth.
 
 
 Key Goals

•    Cultivate an artistic culture inviting to artists of all ages, levels, and interests, providing opportunities for aspiring, recreational, and professional artists.

•    Develop and nurture an artistic community diverse in cultural, racial, and economic backgrounds, where students interact and engage with one another.

•    Provide performing arts programs and instruction relevant to and incorporating today’s popular culture.

•    Engage the large percentage of students uninterested in traditional performing arts programs.

•    Prepare up and coming performing artists for careers in the professional arts industries.

•    Provide safe, fun, and engaging programs for at-risk students in the Philadelphia Area.

•    Incorporate and provide training and access to the latest technology available to performing artists.

•    Provide resources and space for professional, recreational and student artists to perform their craft.
 

 
Founding Board of Directors
 
 
 
 Frank Machos - President
     Mr. Machos holds a bachelor’s degree in music composition and a masters degree in music education from the University of the Arts.  He has studied with numerous musicians and has shared the stage with many accomplished professionals.  He possesses a wealth of experience teaching music at schools in the Philadelphia area, and currently teaches instrumental music at Grover Washington Jr. Middle School, integrating digital music and popular music into a traditionally strong jazz program.  His substantial management experience includes previously overseeing daily operation at Saxophone Mouthpiece Heaven.
 
Charles Ortiz – Vice President
    Mr. Ortiz holds a bachelor’s degree in guitar performance and a master’s degree in music education from the University of the Arts.  He currently teaches music at the Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter School in Philadelphia, where he also serves as the supervisor for Arts and Music.  As an educator, he focuses on alternative methods of teaching music for students in an urban setting.  He also teaches private guitar lesson for Music and Arts in Conshohocken, PA.  He is well equipped to serve as Vice President based on his credentials as a music educator, as well as his wealth of ideas relevant to the diversified programming offered by Limelight Arts.
 
    
 
 
 
Avery Coffee - Treasurer
    Avery Coffee has been working as a professional musician for over 12 years, working with many top groups while touring locally and internationally.  He has also managed several independent bands, handling their schedules, equipment purchases, and show contracts.  Currently, he teaches private in-home guitar and bass instruction in the Blue Bell, PA area.  He also recently received his Associates Degree in Music from the Community College of Philadelphia.  Mr. Coffee has been selected to serve as Treasurer based on his ability to budget finances.
    
 
 
 Heidi Breuer - Secretary
     Ms. Breuer holds a bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Marketing from St. Joseph’s University, and has spent the past three years working in the field of Market Research and management. With this experience, Ms. Breuer will lead the marketing and promotional aspects of Limelight Arts.  Ms. Breuer also has a strong interest in music, as she studied piano privately for 12 years and was active in school choirs and musical theater groups.  She has been selected to serve as Secretary based on her organizational skills and ample attention to detail.

Dr. Dennis Creedon
     Dr. Creedon serves as the Administrator of the Office of Creative and Performing Arts for the School District of Philadelphia.  In addition to his duties for the School District, Dr. Creedon served as Board Chairman for the Keystone State Boychoir, a nonprofit youth choir in Pennsylvania. This experience will invaluable as Limelight Arts seeks to model itself after similarly successful music organizations that ably serve the Philadelphia area communities.