Alum Sage Po to Appear in PBS Documentary
From the Top alum and harpist Sage Po will appear in an upcoming PBS documentary called “My Musical Life.” This film is about the lives of Sage and four of her fellow young musicians who are part of the Music in the Mountains (MIM) Young Composers Program in Nevada County, California.
The MIM Young Composers program was started in 2002 with funding from a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and is available for 5th graders – college students. The program consists of Saturday classes and private lessons throughout the school year with teachers Mark Vance and Jerry Grant. Students present a mid-year recital of vocal works, and the program culminates with the Young Composers Concert.
“My Musical Life” follows the progress of Sage and five other students in the classroom and in their homes, as they work on their musical compositions for one season – October through June. It illustrates how the MIM Young Composers Program has inspired these students and what they have learned. The film shows clips not only from within the classroom, but also outside, where you can see the students’ dedication and drive to become to best musicians possible. You also see how a passion for music can be supported by family, mentors, and programs like Music in the Mountains.
The film airs on KVIE (the Sacramento PBS station) tonight, Wednesday, November 3, at 7:00 p.m. It will run again on Friday at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday at 6:00 p.m., and will be available to PBS stations across the country.
“My Musical Life” was produced by Mike Bloebuam, a board member of MIM. He has earned five Emmy awards for his documentary film work and served as dean of communications at Pasadena City College for 20 years before retiring to Nevada County.
Congrats to Sage for being featured in this documentary!