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Second Annual Rehart Gesner Benefit Recital Providing Opportunities to Nurture the Artist Within

News release by Rehart Gesner Fund

facebook icon linkedin icon twitter icon pinterest icon email icon Las Vegas, Nevada | March 05, 2024 09:00 AM Pacific Standard Time


Dr. Michelle Latour and Katy Morris, co-founders of the Rehart Gesner Fund, are thrilled to announce their Second Annual Benefit Recital. The fund, dedicated to supporting CCSD music educators by helping with the costs of private voice lessons, will culminate in this event, scheduled for Sunday, April 14th, 2024, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The evening will showcase the talents of adult students from the LATOUR voice studios, LLC, in a celebration of song.

In this community, there are multiple options for young singers to apply for financial assistance, though very few resources available for music teachers. The Rehart Gesner Fund fills that gap, giving deserved recognition and support to CCSD music teachers who would like to cultivate their own talent. "The overwhelming support at last year's recital left us incredibly grateful to all who donated.” said Katy Morris. “We eagerly anticipate another successful year, empowering more music teachers to nurture their talent and share their passion for music with the next generation."

Reflecting on the inaugural year, we are proud to have achieved these significant milestones:

  • Granted scholarships for private voice lessons to six CCSD music teachers
  • Welcomed two additional voice teachers
  • Forged a partnership with renowned Los Angeles-based laryngologist, Dr. Reena Gupta, to provide scholarship recipients with comprehensive voice examinations

    • Sponsored five music teachers for stroboscopy sessions to assess any potential medical issues affecting their voices

    • Supported two music teachers with additional Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) therapy following their initial examinations

The Second Annual Rehart Gesner Benefit Recital will be held at a private residence on April 14th, 2024, and will be available to view via livestream. It will feature an elevated silent auction with a number of items from local businesses, all available for bidding online beginning March 14th, 2024. Donations are being accepted via Givebutter, with a fundraising goal of $40,000 in an effort to surpass the $35,000 donated last year. All proceeds will be used to help defray costs of private voice lessons for local music educators.

Group photo from the First Annual Rehart Gesner Benefit Recital.
Group photo from the First Annual Rehart Gesner Benefit Recital.


Performance photo from the First Annual Rehart Gesner Benefit Recital.
Performance photo from the First Annual Rehart Gesner Benefit Recital.



Born from a place of inspiration, the Rehart Gesner Fund is named after Latour and Morris’ grandmothers, Ruth Rehart and Lorraine Gesner, both of whom had a profound impact on the co-founders’ musical upbringing. The cause is named after them and strives to “provide opportunities to nurture the artist within.”

Rehart was always present in encouraging Latour with her artistic endeavors, whether it be attending dance, flute, piano or voice recitals. Gesner, Morris’ grandmother, was her advocate in life and in music. She paid for private piano and voice lessons and attended every performance. Latour and Morris wanted to honor the memory of their grandmothers by advocating for singers the way their grandmothers advocated for them. Offering assistance to those who want to grow and nurture their talent, when they otherwise might not be able to, is the heart of their cause.

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Dr. Michelle Latour, Co-Founder


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