Ted Cole Clarinet Project

The Ted Cole Clarinet Project was created to foster excellence in clarinet playing in our public schools.

The Ted Cole Clarinet Project was established in 2018 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 help those studying the clarinet to hone their skills by providing small group clarinet instruction with professional clarinetists from the Cali School of Music.  This program is administered with the approval and cooperation of the School District’s Supervisor of Fine Arts, and is a collaboration between the South Orange-Maplewood School District, the Achieve Foundation, and Montclair State University.

Recent fundraiser: a special house concert to benefit the Ted Cole Clarinet Project

On November 3, 2019 music lovers were treated to an intimate concert at an historic Montrose home.  Attendees enjoyed performances by local professional musicians who donated their time and talent to benefit the Achieve Foundation’s Ted Cole Clarinet Project, including renowned jazz guitarist Stephane Wremble, concert pianist Richard Allston, and the Met’s Melissa Citro and Phil Cokorinos.