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.
The 2011 Revelli Scholarship was awarded to Caroline White from Atholton High School in Maryland at the Music for All National Festival. The scholarship is awarded in memory of Dr. William D. Revelli, one of America’s foremost band conductors and the icon for whom the Revelli Foundation was created and named in 1994. The Revelli Scholarship honors Dr. Revelli’s vision for music education.
“I sincerely love music in all of its forms and want to teach others to love it as well, because it has positively influenced my life and will undoubtedly do the same for future generations,” said White.
The Revelli Scholarship is a $1,000 award given annually to a senior who will be attending college as a music major and who has participated in the Music for All National Festival.
This year’s recipient is an outstanding student, musician and community leader. She has participated in her school wind ensemble, marching band, orchestra, jazz band and pit orchestra as well as many community music groups. She received the honor of being chosen to participate in the National Symphony Orchestra Young Associates program at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. According to her band director, he feels very lucky to have taught such a talented student and musician.
Music for All is proud to announce that Grammy Award-winning violinist/composer/fiddler Mark O'Connor will be guest soloist with the Honor Orchestra of America at the 2011 Music for All National Festival, March 17-19 in Indianapolis. Larry J. Livingston, University of Souther California, will conduct.
MFA has also extended the application/audition deadline for strings for the 2011 Honor Orchestra until October 15.
If you are familiar with O'Connor, then you already know how exciting this is. If not, here's just a sample of what folks say about his performances:
"One of the most spectacular journeys in recent American music." —New York Times
"One of the most talented and imaginative... working in music -- any music -- today." —Los Angeles Times
"Brilliantly original." —Seattle Times
O'Connor is widely recognized as one of the most gifted contemporary composers in America and surely one of the brightest talents of his generation. The Seattle Times writes: "No matter what he plays, when you’re listening to O’Connor, you know you’re listening to genius." Mark O'Connor incorporates many musical styles and genres into a sound that is uniquely his own. As noted by The Los Angeles Times, Mark O’Connor has "crossed over so many boundaries, that his style is purely personal."
The Honor Orchestra of America will perform two shared concerts with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at Hilbert Circle Theatre, March 18 and 19.
Learn more about the orchestra and download the application and audition requirements.