The Ted Cole Clarinet Project is a new initiative to foster excellence in clarinet playing in the South Orange-Maplewood public schools.

The Ted Cole Clarinet Project was established to honor the life and achievements of Maplewood resident and former Achieve board president Ted Cole, a professional clarinetist and community volunteer who passed away in November 2017.

The program seeks to increase the number of students in Grades 7-12 pursuing the clarinet, and will underwrite professional clarinet instruction with the approval and cooperation of the School District’s Supervisor of Fine Arts.  The program is a collaboration between the school district’s music department, the Achieve Foundation, and Montclair State University’s Cali School of Music.