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parent_imageMusic 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.

Please contact MFA at 800-848-2263 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Orders and payment must be received by Music for All on or before October 7, 2011. Space is limited.

sandy_anThe 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."

chris_coxThanks 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

robert_welchHonoring 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.

group_scholarship_photo2As you can see, Music for All was able to bring 74 very talented and deserving young musicians to this year's Summer Symposium at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Through the generous gifts of donors who gave to the scholarship funds, each of these students had a positively life-changing experience. There is still time to support the wonderfully talented students who receive scholarship funds by donating online, by contacting the Development Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by calling 317-636-2263. To check out what happened at the 36th annual Summer Symposium, visit the Summer Symposium online coverage page.

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!

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sy10violingirlMusic 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:

  • Monday, June 20: Yamaha Young Performing Artists
  • Tuesday, June 21: The Volunteers with opening act: Orpheus, SchoolJam USA Finalist
  • Wednesday, June 22: Jon McLaughlin
  • Thursday, June 23: Uncommon Time, featuring Time for Three’s Nick Kendall and Ranaan Meyer, and friends
  • Friday, June 24: Drum Corps International featuring: Blue Stars, Carolina Crown, The Cavaliers, Glassmen, Madison Scouts, Pioneer, Teal Sound and Troopers

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.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Music for All Offers Gift to Donors

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Imagine_the_Possibilities_by_Kristen_Pileri2Music for All has so many talented and inspirational student participants. One of those students, Kristen Pileri, is not only a musician, but also an artist. Pileri’s piece, “Imagine the Possibilities,” was a way for her to showcase her music experiences. We would like to share this positively life-changing experience with each of you! If you donate $100 to the Music for All Positively Life-Changing Annual Fund Campaign, then we will send you a print as a memento of our appreciation. Thank you for impacting the lives of those we serve through Music for All programs.

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

Chase Community Giving

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!

To vote:

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!

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