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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: or or order by phone: 800.745.3000. If you are interested in attending the DCI Show on Friday, tickets are available at

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:

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!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Calling All MFA Alumni!

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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?

We want to reconnect with each of our 1.25 million alumni and find out how Music for All was positively life-changing! Share your story with us by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or a written note to our headquarters:

Music for All
Development Department
39 W. Jackson Pl., Suite 150
Indianapolis, IN 46225-1010

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.