The ASA Education and Outreach division has several goals:

  1. To provide expanded programming for NYC schools
  2. To extend our programs to schools in other cities: Chicago, LA and Boston, to name a few.
  3. To pair some of our public school student singers with student instrumentalists for concerts city wide.
  4. To bring our students to retirement communities and senior centers
  5. To provide master classes for the children who wish to advance their study and partner them with low or no cost lessons and/or partner with organizations like Rosie’s Broadway Kids to immerse them in training
  6. Most important, we want to help middle school students who would otherwise miss out on an arts education seize the opportunity to audition for one of the 17  fine arts high schools in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Though our mission is not to create future performance “stars,” we know that involvement in the arts instills confidence and poise, and helps students to see possibilities beyond their current circumstances.


There is much to do, and the following provides a guide for our funding needs:

  • $100 Pays for two low cost voice or instrument lessons for a public school child enrolled in our program
  • $500 Helps us refurbish donated instruments to distribute to children who want to study
  • $750 sends one program to a school in New York City, covering transportation, compensation for two singers and one pianist, materials.
  • $3,500 pays for 10 weeks of rehearsal for a public school group in preparation for a concert
  • $5,000 pays for ten weeks of rehearsal plus one concert performance: compensation for music director, 2 coaching session with professionals, concert attire for the children, transportation and venue fees.
  • $15,000+ Contributes to ongoing and expanded programs in more schools, more cities, reaching more underserved children and creating more positive impact on educational performance and outcomes.

You are invited to reach out to Executive Director and Director of Education Carolyn Montgomery ( or 646-283-7137) for additional information.

Please ask about our:

  • Popular, two-year-old Sunday Sessions Interview Series on YouTube, created to keep our listeners current and familiar with the artists they love, who produce the best in American Musical Song and hosted by Carolyn Montgomery. Featuring in depth interviews with Lucie Arnaz, Marilyn Maye, Melissa Errico, Ken Page, Eric Michael Gillett, Sally Mayes and so many more.
  • International Education Series kicking off in The Netherlands on Sunday, August 28th with a program of American Song created by our organization for Dutch music students.
  • The ASA Music Education for Differently Abled Students
    In October 2022, the ASA will launch its first program of American Music for neuro-diverse students interested in music. The talented actress and singer Ann Talman is actively working with Carolyn Montgomery and a team of experienced parents and teachers, to create a program to benefit and enrich the lives of differently abled student
  • Our Major Events: The Annual Gala (this year honoring world renowned American composer Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, Wicked) and our annual Darrell Henline Award, for excellence and distinction in the field of Cabaret, kicking off its first year by honoring the brilliant Eric Michael Gillett.