Annemieke Pronker Coron: Spirit of Gainesville nominee
Published: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 9:20 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 9:20 a.m.
For more than 20 years, Annemieke has enriched the musical soul of Alachua County as a dedicated teacher and outstanding musician. For over a decade, Annemieke has been the director of the Annasemble Community Orchestra, an inter-generational mostly strings orchestra embracing adult and older teen musicians, regardless of experience. Under her direction, the Annasemble has played for benefits such as the Counsel for Exceptional Children, the Concert for Peace and an annual free concert held at various venues throughout Alachua County.
About Annemieke Pronker Coron
Occupation: Violin teacher, musician
Years in Gainesville: 21
Spouse: Jonathan Coron
As the director, she commits her time to developing outstanding and challenging musical programs, incorporating the highly varied skill levels of her musicians, writing parts in order to involve ALL of the many instruments and making sure that we are all 'performance ready.' At the same time, she is directly involved in taking care of her family -- including a son of special needs. While her son was in middle school at Einstein Montessori (a K-8 school for students of varying exceptionalities), Annemieke created an orchestra! Yes, kids who never played a musical instrument before, kids who had behavior and learning difficulties, came together and learned and performed music! Like the adults in Annasemble, these students learned that, given the right guidance and nurturing, they can do the unexpected. They can succeed.
Through her devotion to the promotion of music, she has made Alachua County a better place to live. Her philosophy is to share the joy of music with everyone -- and she does.
Submitted by Roseanne Russo