Music for All is offering space in our Grand National Championships keepsake program book for you to honor your student, band, director or band booster. What a great way to acknowledge the dedication, passion and experience of participation in Music for All programs!
Ideas for Celebration:
• Honor your student, band, director or booster program.
• Congratulate a senior band member for his or her dedication.
• Tell someone how proud you are of him or her.
• Honor a band director or booster volunteer.
Regardless of the occasion, your tribute provides a meaningful way to recognize someone special. It's so easy to do, and you'll help support Music for All's programs and initiatives that create positively life-changing experiences.
*To order and view samples of tributes, visit the MFA website starting September 9.
This opportunity is for schools, parents, students, alumni and band booster organizations to contribute your celebration message.
The Muncie Music Center Summer Symposium Scholarship was introduced at this year's inaugural camp at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. The merit-based scholarship was available to students who demonstrated superior musicianship, leadership skills, work ethic and earned at least a 3.0 grade point average. The award required a nomination from an area band director or music teacher, and each nominee was required to complete an essay about the importance of music education and inspiration.
"Music for All's (Summer Symposium) is such a wonderful pre-college experience for students," says Dave Helms, President of Muncie Music Center. We wanted to help get some students there who might not be able to go otherwise."
A full scholarship was awarded to Sandy An, who plays flute and violin for the Orchestra and Wind Ensemble at Pendleton Heights High School in Indiana. Sandy received high praise from her music director, Chris Taylor. "Sandy has been a strong musician who sets a great example for other students in her section," says Taylor. "She works with other flute students and has run sectionals."
Sandy's Symposium experience let her shine as she played in the first violin section, second chair, and performed a solo part from the musical selection "Gabriel's Oboe."
"Sandy was always eager to learn, and interacted perfectly with students and faculty," says Marianne Roszyk, orchestra clinician. "She has an enormous amount of talent, which was evident and shared in her solo playing."
"Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!" remarks Sandy. "Because of the generosities in this world I, along with others, am able to further my path in what I love and am passionate about! I hope to enjoy another year at the Symposium with friends I have made, the leaders I highly respect, and with the friends and peers I will introduce to this absolutely AMAZING program."
Thanks to the generosity of MFA donors and grantors, 27 Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) students were able to attend MFA's Summer Symposium presented by Yamaha through full tuition scholarships. IPS students enrolled in various music tracks including concert band, jazz band, orchestra, marching band, percussion and the drum major academy.
"Your scholarship has allowed me to have many great experiences during my week at Ball State from being Concertmaster of the concert band to meeting several great musicians, both students and teachers," says Chris Cox, clarinet player, Arsenal Technical High School. "It changed my life musically and socially."
The staff and faculty of IPS Instrumental Music Programs chose scholarship recipients based on their proven ability to be role models for all students and their efforts to help others receive positively life-changing experiences through music. In addition to their personal traits, students were required to be in an active, IPS sponsored ensemble and complete 10 volunteer hours or submit a deposit. This year's recipients performed over 160 volunteer hours for area agencies.
Gary Doherty, Music Director, Arsenal Technical High School, writes: "The kids from Tech had an amazing time at camp. They are brimming with enthusiasm, new-found skills and knowledge, and hopefully, bringing some of those positive vibes back to school with them in August!"
Recipients of 2011 IPS Music for All Summer Symposium Scholarships:
Broad Ripple Magnet High School: Jasmine Allen, Zoe Black, Ebone Griffin, Nigel Leitzell, Darron Marble, Ayanna McGill, Alexis Sanford, Kaylynne Tigner, and Austin Wills
Thomas Carr Howe High School: Dexter Rogers, Naomi Byrdo, and Charles Hawthorne
Crispus Attucks Medical High School: Damian Patrick, Cesar Santos, Chance Simon, Khari Taylor, Isaiah Thomas, Amanda Wilcher, and LaKeisha Wilson
Arsenal Technical High School: Eric Cervantes, Chris Cox, Steven Harris, Jennifer LaFara, Michael Snow, and Jamonikah Thompson
Honoring the life and work of L.J. Hancock (1952-2002), the L.J. Hancock scholarships benefit individual students with financial need who are interested in attending the Music for All Summer Symposium. This year, MFA awarded six L.J. Hancock Scholarships to deserving students who otherwise might not have had the opportunity to attend the Symposium.
One of the L.J. Hancock Scholarship recipients, Robert Welch, plans to turn his passion for music into a career. "The thought of doing what I love as a job is unreal and magical to me," Robert says.
Robert recently graduated from Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis. For the last 10 years, he has been playing a variety of musical instruments, which include: violin, piano and organ. He has performed in concerts on all three instruments and has thoroughly enjoyed the experience. At this year's camp, Robert participated in the orchestra track where he was able to perform at the Thursday night concert with Uncommon Time, featuring Nick Kendall and Ranaan Meyer, members of Time for Three.
Robert plans to attend The University of Indianapolis this fall and study music. "Music is my life, and I plan to keep it that way," he says. "I absolutely love to hear it, learn about it and play it. My camp experience not only nurtures these ideas, but it encouraged it more than ever in me as well."
Other 2011 L.J. Hancock scholars included: Hunter Carter, Madisonville North Hopkins High School, KY; Shannon Graham, Columbus High School, NE; Kelly Krasuski, Liberty High School, MO; Kelsey Lake, Madisonville North Hopkins High School, KY; and Samantha Woolbright, Bloomington North High School, IN.
Help MFA welcome our new Director of Development and Partnerships, Misty Wick; Senior Annual Fund Coordinator, Dianne Elliott; and Development Intern, Sarah Gretencord! All bring a renewed sense of purpose to our fundraising efforts and are passionate about the mission. You will be hearing from the Development Team throughout the year, to keep you up-to-date on our programs, and to say, “Thank You” for your continued support. Please feel free to contact us—we look forward to talking with you!
Music for All would like to extend an invitation to you to attend a concert at our Summer Symposium, as well as offer you an opportunity to visit our new camp location. The Summer Symposium is located at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and will be held on June 20-25, 2011.
Each evening will feature a live concert or event by renowned performing groups showcasing a variety of genres. The 2011 concerts include:
To purchase a ticket to a concert (Monday-Thursday concerts), visit: musicforall.org or ticketmaster.com or order by phone: 800.745.3000. If you are interested in attending the DCI Show on Friday, tickets are available at www.dci.org.
Help Music for All inspire and activate the next generation of arts education advocates and save music and arts education through music for all. Thank you to all of you who voted for MFA in Round 1. We were in the top 20 and received a much-needed grant of $25,000, which will support our mission! We need your help again—there are two days left to vote and this time only the top 25 in Round Two will share in $2,500,000 in donations from Chase. Check out how to vote, and help us spread the word by visiting: http://www.musicforall.org/ways-to-give/get-in-on-the-giving-mfa-on-chase
You may have already seen online that Music for All is participating in the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook. Your vote can help Music for All receive funds from the Chase Community Giving Program to help support our programs for students and teachers. We need your vote by May 4 to move on to Round 2 and be eligible for a $25,000 donation. Help us reach 2,000 votes!
1. Visit Chase Community Giving and "like" the page.
2. Search "Music for All"
3. Cast your vote!
Thank you for helping us spread the word about this exciting opportunity!
Are you an alumnus of Music for All's positively life-changing programs, including Bands of America, Orchestra America or the Summer Symposium? As an alumnus, you know firsthand the lasting impact of Music for All programs on your life, and we want to hear from you!
Do you remember the adrenaline rush you experienced before a performance? Do you remember what it was like when you knew, collectively, that you nailed a performance? Do you remember the friendships you made while participating in these world-class programs?
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We also hope you consider giving back or "paying it forward" to help others receive the same opportunities you had when you participated in our programs. You can make an impact in the lives of our current participants by supporting the Positively Life-Changing Annual Fund Campaign.
Music for All's efforts to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all include awarding a number of scholarships each year to students who are financially unable to attend MFA programs without financial assistance.
These scholarships assist with financial support for MFA programs like Summer Symposium, which is located at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Music for All has two scholarship opportunities for students:
Honoring the life and work of L.J. Hancock, the L.J. Hancock Scholarship benefits individual students with financial need who are interested in attending the Summer Symposium. Applications are due by May 6, 2011. To apply, visit this page of our website.
The Indianapolis Public Schools Summer Symposium Scholarships allow IPS students the opportunity to attend Symposium through full scholarships. The staff and faculty of IPS Instrumental Music Programs choose the recipients for this scholarship award.
If you would like to make a positively life-changing impact on a student in need by supporting one of our scholarship funds for Summer Symposium, you can donate online, or call the Music for All Development Department for more information at 800-848-2263.
How many of you are watching Secret Millionaire, a new show on ABC? For those of you who haven’t seen the show, the very basic premise is that self-made millionaires embark on a weeklong journey where they spend time volunteering in some of the poorest areas of the country. At the end of their journey, the millionaires make an impact by presenting a donation to the organizations where they've volunteered.
What really piques my interest about the show is the hope that is emanating from so many of these organizations, even though they are faced with uncertainty. I think they have hope because they are living their mission and changing the lives of those they serve.
I am personally impressed by the willingness of the millionaires to diverge from their every-day lives and live a life of poverty for one week, all while giving of their time and, eventually, their treasure to deserving organizations.
Even though I’m not a millionaire, I know that I can do some of the same things the “Secret Millionaires” are doing but on a smaller scale. I wonder what would happen if each of us considered making just one sacrifice? For example, you could take your lunch to work every day for a week or bypass your morning latte for one week, in order to donate those extra funds to Music for All.
Each and every one of you can help to support Music for All’s mission to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Best of all, you don’t have to be a “Secret Millionaire” to make a difference!
I look forward to hearing from you about how you plan to be positively life-changing. What a powerful statement we could make to change the future of music and arts education if we all had a passion for our mission mixed in with hope and a little bit of sacrifice. Let’s see if the idea of the “Secret Millionaire” can spread to all of us!
Misty D. Wick, Director of Development and Partnerships
The 2011 Music for All National Festival was an amazing showcase of the finest youth musicians from across the nation who gathered in Indianapolis on March 16-19. The excitement and musicianship that 1,950 participants possessed was exhilarating. The passion felt for active music making was at an all time high in the city, with activities taking place at three premier venues and more than 30 hours of concerts showcasing students.
“I think it was just a superb activity to showcase some of America’s finest young musicians, “ said John Carroll, director, Permian High School Percussion Ensemble. “I applaud MFA for the opportunity of a lifetime for these students.”
The Music for All mission to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all was truly at work in these youth. Student participants performed challenging music in premier venues, developed leadership skills, made new friends and learned from some of the top music educators in the nation.
“It was without a doubt the best week and best experience of my life,” said Ryan Flint, participant. “I met people who will surely be lifelong friends, played in a fantastic band and grew a huge amount as a musician.”
The students who participate in the Music for All Festival grow so much as musicians while they are immersed in a weekend of active music making. However, for all of our students, directors and parents, there is so much sacrificed for their children to participate in world-class activities such as the Music for All National Festival. These directors and families make these sacrifices in order for their students to experience top quality performance opportunities with other students from around the nation who share the same love and passion for music. These sacrifices are priceless though when you hear the first and final notes of world-class concert performance by extremely talented youth musicians, or you see a student play a duet with Allen Vizzutti during a soulful jazz concert, or your student takes a master class from a world-renowned percussionist. These experiences are made possible because Music for All knows the value music has in all of our lives. Music for All really is music for a lifetime.