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Music for All’s efforts to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences include awarding a number of scholarships each year. Check out the criteria for one of our scholarships below and apply by May 20, 2018.

 

Instrumental Merit Scholarships

Instrumental Merit scholarships for members of honor ensembles are now available for eligible students enrolling in the Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, or Concert Percussion divisions of the Summer Symposium. 

National Honor Ensemble Instrumental Scholarship
$200 Scholarship

For members of the 2017 or 2018 national honor ensembles, including the Music for All Honor Ensembles and ensembles like the GRAMMY Jazz Band, ASTA’s National Honor Orchestra, or NAfME’s All-National Honor Ensembles. Applies to registration for the following divisions ONLY:

  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Orchestra
  • Concert Immersion Track of the Percussion Division

All-State Instrumental Scholarship
$150 Scholarship

For members of 2017 or 2018 All-State Band or Orchestra. Applies to registration for the following divisions ONLY:

  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Orchestra
  • Concert Immersion Track of the Percussion Division

All-City/District Instrumental Scholarship
$75 Scholarship

For members of 2017 or 2018 All-City or All-District Band or Orchestra. Applies to registration for the following divisions ONLY:

  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Orchestra
  • Concert Immersion Track of the Percussion Division

How to register with an Instrumental Scholarship

To receive the Instrumental Scholarships for the eligible divisions, certification of honor ensemble membership must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to the Music for All office. Certification can include a letter of acceptance into honor ensemble, certificate of membership, or letter from your music director certifying membership.

 

L.J. Hancock Summer Symposium Scholarships

Honoring the life and work of L.J. Hancock (1952-2002), these scholarships benefit individual students with financial need who are interested in attending the Music for All Summer Symposium. It is the intent of The Music for All Foundation to provide scholarships of at least $100, but not more than $270. 

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The Tang Family Scholarship Fund

Created by Anthony and Megan Tang and is open to any student that will be attending the Music for All Summer Symposium. The scholarship selection committee will provide three full residential scholarships to high school and/or middle school students based upon an essay and director recommendation.

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Indianapolis Public Schools Summer Symposium Scholarships

Each year the generosity of individual and corporate donors allows Music for All to extend the opportunity to attend Music for All's Summer Symposium to IPS students through full scholarships. Recipients are chosen by the staff and faculty of IPS Instrumental Music Programs. Contact David Newman, Indianapolis Public Schools, for more information. 

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Mark Williams Memorial Scholarship for Collegiates

The Mark Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund for Educators was created in honor of Mark Williams (1955-2008) to celebrate his life and work as a great educator, composer, and a beloved friend. The scholarship fund benefits music educators who are interested in attending the Music for All Summer Symposium but, due to financial hardship, cannot afford to pay the tuition and fees needed to attend this annual summer music camp. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need. It is the intent of the Music for All Foundation to provide a full-tuition scholarship, plus a travel stipend of up to $500, to ONE collegiate interested in attending the Directors’Academy. Our hope is the scholarship program will help to ensure that the Summer Symposium is financially accessible for all participants.

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Mark Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund for Educators

The Music for All Foundation is grateful to the family of Mark Williams (1955-2008), educator, composer and beloved friend, for their generous gift to endow five scholarships each year for the Music for All Summer Symposium. The scholarships were created to honor Mark's life and legacy and to provide a positively life-changing opportunity to educators who demonstrate financial need and wish to attend the Symposium to gain valuable professional development experiences. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need. It is the intent of the Music for All Foundation to provide a full-tuition scholarship, plus a travel stipend up to $500, to FOUR directors interested in attending the Directors’ Academy. Only director’s at Title I schools (schools with an enrolled population of 40% or more students on free and reduced lunch) will be considered. Our hope is the scholarship program will help to ensure that the Summer Symposium is financially accessible for all participants.

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All application materials are due May 20.

 

We look forward to seeing you at camp!

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

Celebrate #GivingTuesday with Music for All!

Join others from around the world in a day of giving to kick-off the holiday season this year. Retailers have Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and we want you to help us support #GivingTuesday! #GivingTuesday was launched last year as a campaign to create a national day of giving to support charitable activities that support non-profit organizations like Music for All. Whether supporting Music for All with a donation or spreading the word about #GivingTuesday, you can make a difference for nonprofits across the world. Here's how you can make a difference:

 Support Music for All's Summer Symposium Scholarships

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This #GivingTuesday, you can provide positively life-changing experiences to high school students through the Music for All Scholarship Fund. The MFA Summer Symposium is a weeklong summer camp that provides world class music instruction, leadership training, immersive performance opportunities and nightly concerts. Students who attend the Summer Symposium become leaders in their band, school and community and aquire the skills necessary for success beyond high school. Camp scholarships provide valuable opportunties for underserved students and communities with limited access to high qality music and leadership training. By partnering with Music for All as a donor this #GivingTuesday, you are showing that you believe in music education, music in our schools and Music for All. Click here to make your donation today.

Spread the Word about #GivingTuesday

67c91a8d-7977-4b2b-90fe-83889ac564a3Even if you're unable to make a charitable gift today, you can support #GivingTuesday by spreading the word to support charitable activites all day. One unique way to support #GivingTuesday is the #unselfie. Show your support for #GivingTuesday and Music for All by uploading an #unselfie to your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages. Encourage your friends and followers to support #GivingTuesday as well. The holiday season is the perfect time to embrace giving, and what better way than with #GivingTuesday. You can visit www.givingtuesday.org for more #GivingTuesday social media resources. Don't forget to check out Music for All's social media pages all day for more #GivingTuesday information.

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Sign up for a high school summer camp and… spin alongside a world class drum corps?
caviesguard1That’s exactly what the color guard MFA campers got to experience! On Friday of the Summer Symposium, the color guard track spent the morning working with the members of The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps color guard. A bright sun, clear skies and open grassy field awaited the campers as they prepared for what would be, for a lot of them, one of the most exciting moments thus far in their color guard careers.

The Cavaliers session was broken into two blocks, with the first part of the morning focusing on movement and the second on equipment. At each block’s beginning, the students sat and watched The Cavaliers staff give a demonstration, taking the color guard through exercises and choreography. The campers got to see a snapshot of the technique exercises that the Cavaliers do every day, such as dance basics, across-the-floor dance exercises, flag drop spins and Peggy spins, a flag backhand exercise, and a spins-and-stops exercise on rifle.

CaviesGuard2This was a great experience for our color guard students. First, they learned that even the biggest, best and most well-known groups still do the same simple, basic exercises that their high school groups do (such as flag drop spins)—and that mastering these “building blocks” skills and learning to control their bodies and their equipment is so very important. On the other hand, seeing the more advanced exercises (such as the spins-and-stops exercise, which incorporated various dance and body movements simultaneously with rifle spins, tosses and catches) gave the students a picture of how their craft can be taken to the next level.

After watching the demonstrations, students broke into small groups and spread out across the Quad to work up-close and personal with The Cavaliers guard. After learning a new exercise, they would come back and everyone—the MFA students with The Cavaliers—would do the exercise together as a group.

CaviesGuard3The most exciting part of the morning, however, was when the campers actually got to learn some choreography from The Cavaliers’ show. Students picked up either a flag or a rifle and broke into small groups once again. A good chunk of the session was spent with the group spread out on the Quad learning this work before everyone came together once more to perform the choreography as an ensemble.

This session for our color guard campers was exciting, challenging, a lot of fun and certainly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The Cavaliers color guard, made up of members who have all worked hard to become the well-trained and talented performers that they are, serve as great inspiration for our students, many of whom are still very new to the color guard activity. The young campers still have a lot of growing and learning to do, but this session certainly marks a monumental day in their color guard careers. 

CaviesGuard4A BIG thank you to the Cavaliers guard for sharing their time with us at Music for All and for helping to create a positively life-changing experience for our campers!

 

 

-Carolyn T.

Carolyn Tobin is the Marketing Intern at Music for All. Drawn to all that is digital media, she was an award-recipient of the NMU Tube Student Video Contest and was named the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the Communications and Performance Studies Department at Northern Michigan University. She is a devout runner, and has also enjoyed blogging about her adventures living in Spain and Argentina. Carolyn is a music, dance and color guard enthusiast, the former color guard section leader of Legends Drum & Bugle Corps from Kalamazoo, and she has served on the guard staff for Legends and for Marian University in Indianapolis.

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Check out the photos from Summer Symposium Day 4! (Day 6 for our awesome Leadership students!)

 

If the photo stream above is not viewable for you, try this link:

http://www.flickr.com//photos/officialmusicforall/sets/72157634371915257/show/with/9160252454/

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If I had to pick one adjective to describe the Wednesday concert in the Summer Symposium evening concert series, it would be…

Rad.

We welcomed to the stage The PROJECT Trio, a “passionate, high energy chamber music ensemble” from Brooklyn, New York (www.projecttrio.com). The group, comprised of Peter Seymour, double bass; Greg Pattillo, flute; and Eric Stephenson, cello, is anything but ordinary. The three met while attending the Cleveland Institute of Music together. A milestone for the group occurred in 2006 when Pattillo’s beatbox flute video went viral on YouTube. The PROJECT Trio concept stemmed from a desire to create music for the unique flue-cello-double bass combination, and these individuals’ pure love for music was evident as they performed for us last evening.

The PROJECT Trio composes and plays music in a vast array of genres. We were treated to all sorts of tunes, from Beethoven’s “5th” and the “William Tell Overture” to funky hip-hop and some sassy salsa beats. The audience even got to experience a more theatrical side of PROJECT Trio with their rendition of “Peter and the Wolf.”

The PROJECT Trio created a special opportunity for our Summer Symposium Strings Division students, who not only participated in in workshop with the Trio, but got to perform two pieces with them onstage. And what a stellar performance it was!

PROJECT Trio in rehearsal

The PROJECT Trio giving a workshop to the Strings students

 

playingwithstringsStrings students performing with PROJECT Trio in Emens Auditorium

A big congratulations to the Strings students, and a warm thank you to The PROJECT Trio for the unique blessing brought by their presence at the Summer Symposium!

For more information and a full bio of The PROJECT Trio, you can visit their website, www.projecttrio.com; connect with “Project Trio” on Facebook; and follow @thePROJECTTrio on Twitter.

 

-Carolyn T.

Carolyn Tobin is the Marketing Intern at Music for All. Drawn to all that is digital media, she was an award-recipient of the NMU Tube Student Video Contest and was named the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the Communications and Performance Studies Department at Northern Michigan University. She is a devout runner, and has also enjoyed blogging about her adventures living in Spain and Argentina. Carolyn is a music, dance and color guard enthusiast, the former color guard section leader of Legends Drum & Bugle Corps from Kalamazoo, and she has served on the guard staff for Legends and for Marian University in Indianapolis.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer Symposium Day 2 Photo Stream

Check out the photos from Summer Symposium Day 2! (Day 4 for our awesome Leadership students!)

If the photo stream above is not viewable for you, try this link:

http://www.flickr.com//photos/officialmusicforall/sets/72157634344220950/show/with/9145571040/

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The first out of a week-long evening concert series, the 2013 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Concert was a powerful, beautiful and magically musical closing to our first day of the full-week Music for All Summer Symposium. Our 1000+ campers filed into BSU's Emens Auditorium, but I'll bet very few, if any, knew exactly what kind of treat was in store.

The Yamaha Young Performing Artists program, known as YYPA (pronounced YIP-pa), began in 1988, with last night's concert marking its 25th anniversary. In honor of this milestone, composer David P. Sartor composed a special trumpet fanfare that was performed by 2013 YYPA winner, Josh Gilbert, and two former YYPA winners, Stephen Bottom (1994) and Chad Winkler (1995).

trumpet-trioPerforming the trumpet fanfare, "Prologue," from left to right: Chad Winkler, Stephen Bottom and Josh Gilbert

YYPA is an annual competitive program designed to recognize outstanding young musicians, ages 16-21, from the world of classical, jazz and contemporary music. Winners are invited to attend an all-expense paid YYPA Celebration Weekend, where they perform in Emens Auditorium with national press coverage, attend an awards ceremony, and participate in professional workshops and clinics designed to launch a professional music career. This year's eleven YYPA winners, listed below, underwent an extensive audition process and were selected from a pool of hundreds of applicants from across the country.

2013 YYPA WINNERS:
Xue Su, Cincinnati, OH - Flute
Ron Cohen Mann, New York, NY - Oboe
Danny Mui, Kalamazoo, MI - Clarinet
Tsz Kiu Kwok, Iowa City, IA - Saxophone
Alekos Syropoulos, Ann Arbor, MI - Jazz Saxophone
Joshua Gilbert, Lexington, MA - Jazz Trumpet
Markus Osterlund, Honolulu, HI - Horn
Joe LeFevre, Kalamazoo, MI - Tuba
Johnathan Hulett, South Miami, FL - Jazz Drum Set
Addison Frei, Oviedo, FL - Jazz Piano
Kanako Shimasaki, Springfield, OH - Violin

While helping to seat YYPA winners' families in the auditorium, I enjoyed brief conversation with some of them. It was awesome to hear how proud these families felt and how excited they were to see their young musician perform that night.

And for good reason. These performers were, simply put, astonishing. From a drum set jam session and a beautifully soothing clarinet piece to a sassy violin tune and a musical montage of flute, humming and beat-boxing, the concert showcased an array of diverse, naturally talented and well-disciplined emerging artists. I am confident that if each of this year's YYPA winners continue to pursue their craft, they have bright futures ahead of them.

Former YYPA winners have gone on to highly successful careers, becoming faculty at universities, members of prestigious ensembles and recording artists. Many have become Yamaha Performing Artists and Clinicians.

The concert also gave campers a special chance to see some of their Symposium faculty perform, as Sammy K, Jeremy Allen and Luke Gillespie were featured onstage for select jazz numbers.

jazz-with-alekos-syropoulosLuke Gillespie (piano), Jeremy Allen (bass) and Sammy K (drums) performing with YYPA winner Alekos Syropoulos

The evening exemplified the incredible musical talent of our nation's youth, exactly what we strive to create, provide and expand through the Music for All programs. The YYPA concert operates in conjunction with the Summer Symposium, and Music for All is proud to have the program continue in our relationship with Yamaha Corporation of America. A special thank you to our camp participants—you guys were a great audience!

all-onstageAll 2013 YYPA Concert Performers

Ron-Cohen-Mann-with-JohnYYPA winner Ron Cohen Mann pictured with John Wittmann, Director of Artist Relations, Yamaha Corporation of America, at the post-concert reception

For more information about YYPA, follow "Yamaha Young Performing Artists (YYPA) Competition" on Facebook.

Think YOU might have what it takes to be a Yamaha Young Performing Artist? Check their website,
http://usa.yamaha.com/music_education/yypa, to learn more and apply.

-Carolyn T.

Carolyn Tobin is the Marketing Intern at Music for All. Drawn to all that is digital media, she was an award-recipient of the NMU Tube Student Video Contest and was named the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the Communications and Performance Studies Department at Northern Michigan University. She is a devout runner, and has also enjoyed blogging about her adventures living in Spain and Argentina. Carolyn is a music, dance and color guard enthusiast, the former color guard section leader of Legends Drum & Bugle Corps from Kalamazoo, and she has served on the guard staff for Legends and for Marian University in Indianapolis.

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Check out the photos from Summer Symposium Day 1! (Day 3 for our awesome Leadership students!)

 

If the photo stream above is not viewable for you, try this link:

http://www.flickr.com//photos/officialmusicforall/sets/72157634322169989/show/with/9135453733/

 

 

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One of the coolest experiences we offer our campers at Summer Symposium every year is the corps-in-residence, and for the first time since 2008, we are excited to welcome back The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps to camp!

With the Drum Corps International season underway, we are very grateful for The Cavaliers to be able to stop at camp for a few days in the middle of their national tour. Starting on Wednesday, they will be working with the Marching Band, Color Guard, Percussion and Directors tracks. The corps’ staff will be holding clinics for each track, which will include numerous “show and tell” opportunities by the corps’ members that feature segments of their 2013 field production.

Speaking of their 2013 show, what’s it all about? The program is titled “Secret Society” (watch their announcement video here!) and takes a mysterious approach with the members starting the show dressed in hooded black robes. The musical sections include a great mix of both original and arranged compositions from contemporary composers Hans Zimmer, Michael Giacchino and John Mackey.

Of course one of the most exciting things the campers will be looking forward to is the DCI Central Indiana competition that will be occurring Friday night at Ball State’s Schuemann Stadium. Music for All has partnered up with DCI to allow all of the campers to attend the show as spectators. Six other DCI World Class corps will be joining The Cavaliers in what looks to be a fun evening of fantastic drum corps performances.

The fun doesn’t stop there, though! The highlight of the week for students in the Marching Band track occurs at the end of the DCI show when they will join The Cavaliers in an encore performance. Earlier in the week, the students will be learning a segment of music and drill from the corps’ show, and they will then perform alongside The Cavaliers on Friday night. Additionally, students from the Marching Percussion track (as well as instructors in the Percussion Specialist Academy) will join The Cavaliers’ drumline to play a cadence that will bring the drum majors from all corps onto the field for the awards ceremony. If you are in attendance at this show, these are two special performances you won’t want to miss!

We are once again very thankful for The Cavaliers to be our corps-in-residence, are excited to work with them, and can’t wait for them to provide life-changing experiences for our campers!

 

-David

David Foth is very happy to return to Music for All as the Summer Events Intern after serving as the Fall Events Intern in 2012. Originally from the east coast, David grew up in Connecticut and attended the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he graduated from in 2012 with a degree in Sport Management. David has many years of experience as a performer in the marching arts activity, which includes time with his high school band, the UMass Minuteman Marching Band (formerly under the direction of Music for All Hall of Famer George N. Parks), the Connecticut Hurricanes Drum & Bugle Corps and the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps.

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Just before Nik Wallenda made his high-wire walk across the Grand Canyon live on national television, returning Leadership Weekend Experience students ventured 35 minutes north to Taylor University to experience the Escape to Reality Challenge Course. Like Nik Wallenda's unbelievable journey, campers stepped out of their comfort zone and built life and leadership skills in the process. As a Music for All staff member, I have never participated in the challenge course and decided to join the leaders in a truly life-changing experience.

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In our first exercise, campers were required to transport themselves between three platforms without touching the ground and only using two boards. The group was quickly able to brainstorm and test solutions. Effective communication, patience and support within the group resulted in a successful exercise. When the facilitator gave the group a "freebie" to touch the ground, the group weighed the options of maintaining pride and integrity as a motivator, or utilizing the second chance to be successful. I was impressed by the maturity and focus of this group in this tough challenge.

Nonverbal communication was key at the next station, where we arranged each other by birthdate and age on a narrow log without speaking. This proved to be a daunting challenge (although my place at the end was very obvious), but the group was very patient and incredibly helpful of each other. The group learned that nonverbal listening, or awareness, is integral to success as a leader. In the end, we succeeded, bringing the group of 12 closer, even in less than 24 hours as a team.

After lunch, I was excited to hear a new perspective on leadership from a former band director of mine, Tom Pompeii, in "Leadership Straight from the Horse's Mouth." Tom is an accomplished music educator and horseman, and provided the campers a fresh look at nonverbal communication. Tom's session introduced concepts for interacting and leading introverts vs. extroverts, similar to skittish horses. The awareness required to notice and respond appropriately to different types of people is important for new leaders.

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At the high ropes area, campers learned to live beyond their comfort zone and take a literal leap of faith. There were several stations that provided thrills, but required focus and concentration. Fellow campers on the ground cheered for those in the air, providing a safe, supportive environment for success. The daunting zip line was a favorite for the thrill-seeking campers. Even in my own, clumsy and unsuccessful attempt at climbing a pole and jumping toward a trapeze, campers were supportive, serving as the counterweight. From the apprehension of jumping off the ledge to the electrifying feeling of near free fall, my trip down the zip line was incredible. By stepping out of my own comfort zone, I was able to face my fears and grow, in my own leadership and life skills.

 

  -Seth

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