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Stamford, CT | Added on January 18, 2015 At 01:07 AM

Forty-five students from The Pop Music academy took the stage at Rippowam Middle School Saturday night for its third annual showcase to raise money for the Bennett Cancer Center in Stamford. 

"The teachers, the atmosphere, this showcase is where it all comes together. It's really the highlight of the year for this great organization for all the kids," said Pop Music Academy student Andy Putterman.  

"I really love singing and I'm really interested in the business side of music as well," said Pop Music Academy student Lizzie Pettee. 

The Pop Music Academy's founder and Artistic Director Christine Occhino says she hopes the event will raise $1,000 with a portion of proceeds donated to the Music Therapy Department at Stamford Hospital.  

"We have for the first time a lot of general admission and people that have no connection personally with the show but are here just to have a good night so $1,000 would be wonderful but I hope for the most for everybody. It's such a good cause and it makes all the kids feel really connected to what they do because they know it's not about them anymore. They're doing this for a bigger cause and I think it makes it really special." 

The Pop Music Academy was established in Stamford in 2012 and has since expanded to a larger facility on 980 Hope Street in Stamford. Occhino says each year she has seen more students join and grow in their music careers.  

"I've been in the Pop Music Academy since 2012, since the beginning," said Pop Music Academy student Gil Daniels. "I'd say the pop music academy has taught me to really push and preserve and be confident in my own shoes, proud of myself and really enjoy what I do and I love singing."  

"At this point in time now, they've grown to have their own EP's, they're on iTunes, they've done music videos, photo shoots," said Occhino. "I really got to see them grow as artists and be ready for the real music business. That's another facet of the company besides regular lessons that we do and really help them get jump-started in a career."


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