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the Arts in Sarasota...
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|Marcy New College Pique Nique April 2010
|Marcy with Audrey Coleman, and Nancy Markle Benefit New College
|Marcy with parents of students that performed
|Students played at Designing Women event Benefit Arts Sarasota
|Marcy, Margaret Wise, Board President AsoloTheatre
|Florida Winefest Gala
|Marcy with Doris Kaplan
|Arts Charitable Event
|Marcy, Doris Kaplan and Lauren Walsh
|Pique Nique Benefit New College
|At Pique Nique
|Benefit New College
|Marcy and Victoria Leopold
|At Pique Nique Event Benefit New College
|Asolo Rep Theatre Charitable Event
|Marcy, Nancy Markle, Former President Board Asolo Theatre
|Orchid Ball Benefit Selby Gardens
|Marcy with Debbie Trimble, Development Dir. Asolo
|Marcy and Lauren Walsh
|Sarasota Ballet Luncheon Marcy Performed
|Marcy and Nancy Markle
|Arts Charitable Event
|Marcy, Lee Peterson, Jewel Ash
|Mistletoe Gala Benefit New College
|Marcy and Nancy Markle Pique Nique 2012
|Benefit New College
Returns to Her Musical Roots.
by: Heidi Kurpiela | A&E Editor Herald Tribune
If Marcy Gilroy’s life
were a concert, she’d currently be in her second act.
On the surface, it seems as if the bank-executive-turned-piano-teacher
has undergone a creative metamorphosis, but to those who know Gilroy, her latest endeavor is less of a departure and more
of a homecoming.
A classically trained pianist, Gilroy has played the piano since she was 4 years old. Mozart’s
“Fantasia in D Minor” comes as naturally to her as does the glittering jewels and gowns she’s photographed
wearing at black-tie events.
But Gilroy is much more than a socialite.
Step inside her Prestancia
home and you’ll see for yourself. A woman doesn’t convert half her living space into a piano studio if she’s
not seriously disciplined or seriously talented.Gilroy is both.
“This isn’t a music mommy-and-me where
we twirl around and play games,” Gilroy says as she breezes into the living room she uses for her Child Prodigy piano
series. “This is structured piano.”
Eight baby pianos in red, black and pink are assembled in a U-shape
across a zebra-print rug in the middle of the room. Clothespins hold sheet music and colorful name tags in place. Pushed under
a bay window in the room is a zebra-print bench in which Gilroy has stored a collection of toy drums, tambourines and other
“My significant other will tell you the reason I love this so much is because I’m still
a kid,” Gilroy says, bending down to pluck the keys on a miniature piano.
The mother of four attended New
York University School of Performing Arts in the late 1970s. She performed at Lincoln Center, taught at New York City’s
High School for the Performing Arts and worked as an accompanist at the New Jersey School of Ballet.
destined for a life as a concert pianist until she graduated with an MBA from Barney School of Business and set out for Wall
A former senior-level executive at Bank of America and Fifth Third, Regions and Citizens banks, Gilroy
spent 25 years in wealth management until the banking industry went bust a couple years ago. That prompted Gilroy to revive
her oldest passion — music.
Gilroy started “A Prelude to the Classics” in the spring of 2009.
Within two months she had eight students. A year-and-a-half later, she was up to 60 students, ranging from 2 years old to
82 years old.
Piano Distributors on U.S. 41 recently latched on to her Child Prodigy series. According to Gilroy,
the program will soon be replicated in 32 retail piano locations throughout the U.S. — zebra-print decor and all.
“It’s a little funky,” Gilroy says of the studio, which also offers guitar, drum and voice lessons. “But
this is me; this is my style.”
Gilroy is overjoyed with the success of her program. She says her children’s
classes have been a labor of love.
“It’s unbelievable,” Gilroy says. “I feel like I should
have done this years ago.”
By Heather Dunhill
pro Marcy Gilroy is reinventing herself by returning to her love of piano. Playing since the age of 4, she is taking on a
limited number of students for private lessons. Among her credits, piano performance major at NY University School of Performing
Arts, double major at the Hartt College of Music, accompanied the New Jersey School of Ballet and was a student teacher at
the NYC High School of Performing Arts. For more info: www.apreludetotheclassics.com
Marcy has enjoyed a successful career in banking,
individual wealth management, for over 25 years. In addition to her piano studio, where she only takes on a limited number
of students, she is a specialist at Morgan Stanley (the leading global financial services firm that provides investment
banking, securities, and wealth management services in 36 countries.) Marcy works with individuals
in protecting their assets for college bound children, protection of high asset estates, building retirement assets, protection
planning for physicians with disability coverage, and long term care protection for those over age 50 to protect their
assets and those assets of their children. She maintains her MBA, is a JD Candidate, and a Chairperson for FINRA, where she
judges securities claims in the Dispute Resolution Panel provided by FINRA. She has been a senior and executive
level banker in Wealth Management at Bank of America, Fifth Third Bank, Regions Bank, Citizens Bank, and Raymond James.
TPC Prestancia Newsletter
Resident Executive Banker Goes Back to Her Passion in Music
Marcy Gilroy has been known
for her extensive banking career, law, securities arbitrations and charitable community activities. She
chaired the inaugural Heart Association Gala, “Go Red for Women”, and The Butterfly Ball, for G. Wiz, where she
sits on the Executive Committee. Following twenty-five years in the financial services arena, beginning on Wall Street, and
heading up Wealth Management at several Major and Regional Banks, she is now also pursing a career in music. Most people
are aware that Marcy resides on several Boards in the community that supports the Arts, particularly The Asolo Rep Theatre
and Designing Women. However, most people are not aware that Marcy’s passion and original focus in college was the piano.
Marcy attended New York University School of Performing Arts as a Piano Performance Major, performed throughout Metropolitan
NYC, and accompanied the New Jersey School of Ballet. She was a student teacher at The NYC High School of Performing Arts
(The movie ‘FAME’ was filmed there). She then went on to Hartt College of Music, as a double
major: Piano Performance and Management and jointly obtained her BA and MBA at Hartt College of Music and Barney School of
Business. Marcy began playing
the piano at the age of four and has continued to play for her own enjoyment. Marcy is now taking on a limited number of students,
all levels and ages, in either her home studio, or the home of the student. With her tremendous contacts in the Arts throughout
the community, she feels for school age students, her studio will prove beneficial to those seeking to
eventually go on to college. Piano lessons have been proven to increase one’s IQ, and boost grades in school. In addition,
playing the piano teaches poise and confidence from a performance view, and enhances focus and drive. Marcy will be having
the students that wish to perform have the ability to play recitals at The Asolo Theatre, as well as have the opportunity
to perform at a variety of Charitable Community functions. Marcy is a classically trained pianist; however, she also plays
Pop, New Age, and Easy Listening. For those students desiring more than merely learning to play, she will teach students to
read music, music theory, sight-reading, and ear training. She will teach skills necessary for performance for those interested
in performing. For adults, learning to play the piano can be a huge stress reducer, and provide incredible relaxation. Marcy is a five year resident and lives in The Estates of Prestancia, with her 13 year
old son, Zachary, a student at Pineview. She also has three children in college, Samantha, Matthew, and Kimi. Sarasota Herald-Tribune » We Spotted » Photos » The Asolo Gala
Family Beautiful Magazine
Interview with Marcy…“Can
you describe your programs at ‘A Prelude to the Classics’…
Prelude to the Classics is a full music studio of Musical Performing Arts. We teach piano (classical, easy listening, rock,
and jazz improvisation) to ages 2 to 102! We additionally teach drums, guitar (all types), bass and vocal. We have several
instructors that have been mentored by Miss Marcy, who utilizes a unique approach she developed that enables all students,
young preschoolers, as well as adults, to obtain a fast start, and be able to play in a competition within one to two years.
We also work with students on composing, orchestration, reading of notes, ear training, sight reading and technique. This
is done in a fun, nurturing environment where typically the student is unaware they are developing these skills. The children participate
in “full blown shows”, major recitals, which are held at the TPC Prestancia Ball Room. Students are not required,
but are encouraged to participate. Videos of performances can be seen on Marcy's website in the section labeled Videos of
Prior Performances www.apreludetotheclassics.com
Based the myriad of Charitable
Cultural Boards Marcy resides on, top students are asked by Miss Marcy to perform at many of events and galas. The most recent
event students performed at was The Designing Women Gala. Students have performed at The Sarasota Ballet Gala, Womens Executive
Luncheon in Sarasota, Kidsfest, and the Van Wezel. Miss Marcy developed what is considered the most unique program for 2-5
year old preschoolers to enable very young children to actually read music, and play pieces on the piano. This program is
being franchised throughout the Piano Distributors system through 36 locations nationally. The Premier Program was opened
in January, 2010, and classes have consistently been wait listed. The program has students playing on quality child size baby
grand pianos in a multitude of colors. Students learn in a fun environment via repetition involving a myriad of instruments.
Miss Marcy also works with highly focused students in Music Company,
an actual Rock Band. Senior Company consists of children ages 5 - 17. Junior Company has kids ages 4 and 5! They play
keyboard, drums, bass, and harmonize vocals. For additional information visit A Prelude to the Classics web: www.apreludetotheclassics.com
The Herald Tribune
A Metamorphosis for the Butterfly Ball
Mother Nature threw a windy twist into the plans
for a bayfront dinner under the stars for the Egyptian-themed "Midnight at the Oasis" Butterfly Ball last week. Quick-thinking chairman Marcy Gilroy gathered
her hard-working committee to move the entire event indoors and create a spectacular last-minute metamorphosis of G.WIZ.Cool-headed and organized, Marcy still had plenty of time to slip into a stunning
jewel-toned evening gown -- very Cleopatra-ish -- that blended with the blue and gold layers of color in every room.
Guests enjoyed strolling through the "Wonderful Things
from the Pharaoh's Tomb" exhibit before entering the dining room for an exotic dinner and a few words from board co-president
Bruce Wertheimer, who thanked everyone for their support.
Heartfelt stories to support American Heart Association
More than 200 of the lunch bunch,
dressed to the nines in all shades of red, gathered at Michael's the other day to support the American Heart Association.
The "Go Red" luncheon, chaired by Marcy Gilroy, Sherry Flynn and Wendy Brandon, was, at times, informative, at other
times, sad, and most of all ... over-the-top successful.Representing Macy's, the national sponsor, were Janie Hunter and Kerry Yelle, and the applause was deafening
as the women presented the chairmen with a check for $300,000.Most touching were the testimonials from cardiac disease survivors Becky Carmichael, Ronnie Meurs, with husband,
Brian, at her side, and tearful mom, Stefanie Pablo, holding daughter Emma, who received her first open-heart operation at
6 days old and faces her third surgery in May.Besides
the "You go, girls" congrats for the first two speakers, you could hear the collective sympathy for Stefanie and
love for Emma in the room; it was that kind of crowd ... that kind of caring.
THE PRESTANCIA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER
Marcy Gilroy is busy! As SVP Manager Private Banking for Fifth Third Bank, Marcy has sponsored
events for Mote, West Coast Symphony, Mistletoe Ball, Wine, Womenand Shoes/Forty Carrots, Cancer Awareness, Boys and GirlsClub,
Sarasota Opera, the Winefest, Sarasota Ballet, AmericanCancer Society, Heart Association, G. Wiz, Selby Gardens, NewCollege,
Big Brothers and Big Sisters, UCP Chocolate Event,Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center, YMCA, YPG,Junior League, Planned
Parenthood, United Way and SarasotaChamber of Commerce. In addition, Marcy is a Board memberfor the Sarasota University Club,
Asolo theatre and DesigningWomen. This season Marcy is chairing the Cat Depot’s mainfund-raising event, “Cat’sino”
on January 12 at Michael’s On East. For tickets to theCat Depot's Gala call 366-2983. Marcy Gilroy and Julie Wyman hope
to see many oftheir Prestancia neighbors at these key events supporting two important Sarasota charities..