Music for All is collecting the best of the stories we read about the power and impact of music and arts education. Please use and share this resource in your own efforts to support music and arts education in your local schools.
Thanks to all who voted today for Music for All in the Chase Community Giving campaign on Facebook. Voting opened today and MFA is currently in 28th place of the 100 charities who advanced to Round 2.
We need your help to move up the leaderboard and be eligible for a share of the donations to be awarded at the end of voting May 25. Please vote for MFA and share and encourage your friends to vote, too!
Congratulations to our partners Drum Corps International and Winter Guard International on strong showings this first day of voting! Everyone has five votes to give, so be sure to consider voting for MFA, DCI, WGI, NAfME and the charities that are meaningful to you.
Learn about our Big Idea, watch our video and get tips and tools about how you can help us spread the word!
It's 12:01 a.m. Eastern time on May 19 and voting for Round 2 in the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook is now open, and runs through May 25.
This is a rare opportunity for fans of Music for All, Bands of America and Orchestra America to play a simple yet important part in helping MFA receive a significant donation: $500,000 to the charity who receives the most votes.
Please vote and help us spread the word!
You can vote and learn more about MFA and our Big Idea to inspire and activate music education advocates on our Chase Giving profile page.
We've also put together some resources and ideas you can use to help us spread the word. We need your help to share this opportunity with your friends, family and colleagues.
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Music for All enjoys a wonderful partnership with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in our organizational hometown.
This weekend conductor Krzysztof Urbanski makes his first Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra appearance since being named Music Director of the ISO in fall of 2010. Join us for Urbanski’s Return as the ISO live streams this performance to a worldwide audience! Visit IndianapolisSymphony.org/
Claire Sibley, an alumna of the MFA Honor Band of America, will be featured tonight, Thursday, May 12, on "Wheel of Fortune." From Fort Mill, SC and a Nation Ford High School graduate, Claire will be a contestant on "Wheel's" College Week.
Claire, 18, played French horn in the Honor Band of America. She is now a freshman at the University of Alabama who plays in the “Million Dollar Band," and is also a member of the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps.
We're rooting for you, Claire!
Music for All's (MFA) mission is to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Please help us fulfill our mission! Out of hundreds of thousands of charities, MFA made the top 20 of Round 1 of the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook, thanks to those who voted. Now, the 25 eligible Charities receiving the most votes will be considered the winners of Round 2 and will share in $2,500,000 in donations from Chase.
The Chase Advisory Board will select five charities from the Round 2 Charities to present their Big Ideas to the Board. The Advisory Board will decide which Big Idea is their favorite and Chase will donate $200,000 to that Charity. Chase will also donate an additional $300,000 in grants to be allocated in varying amounts to the Round 2 Charities selected by the Advisory Board.
Music for All’s (MFA) mission is to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. For 35 years, MFA has provided premier performance and education opportunities for music makers through Music for All, Bands of America and Orchestra America programs. Arts are often the first to be cut from school budgets. Our Big Idea is to inspire and activate the next generation of arts education advocates by hosting a Music Education Summit. Students, teachers and parents representing each of the 50 states will learn how to use public performance and other tools to advocate for music education. Participants will work with master teachers and experts to develop, share and activate advocacy skills. Participants will also create their own individual advocacy plans. MFA will award each team a $1,000 grant to help implement their plan, which will help reach MFA’s larger goal: saving music and arts education through music for all.
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You have five votes to cast, so please vote for our partner organizations, too:
Tracks within the Directors’ Academy daily curriculum include:
Middle School and Young Teacher Pedagogy
Administration, organization, boosters and ethics
Session topics and presenters include:
"Getting To the Art of the Matter" - Richard Floyd
Strengthening Your Flute Section – Cheryl Floyd
Strengthening Your Clarinet Section – Andy Sealy
Strengthening Your Saxophones – Chris Ferrell
Strengthening Your Trumpets – Matt Harloff
Strengthening Your Horn Section – Susan Smith
Strengthening Your Low Brass – David McGrath
Illusions: Conducting Ideas from Rudolf Laban – Scott Boerma
Inspired by Orpheus: Non-Conducted Rehearsal and Performance – Scott Boerma
Each morning a new “Band Director Master Class” presented by master teachers: Greg Bimm, George Boulden, Richard Floyd, Andy Sealy
And these special sessions featuring David Starnes and the Carolina Crown Design Team – Michael Klesch, Thom Hannum, Tony Nunez. Leon May, Keith Potter, Michael Townsend
Music Reading Sessions for Middle School Bands - Robert W. Smith, Matt Conaway, Dr. Ed Arnold
For a limited time, Music for All is making available for online viewing the full concerts of the 2011 Honor Band of America and Jazz Band of America as well as selections from the Honor Orchestra of America concert.
We hope you enjoy this special video showcase. Applications and audition requirements for the 2012 Honor Ensembles at the Music for All National Festival are now available for download. (Deadlines to apply: June 29, Early Bird Deadline; September 15, Final Deadline.)
Richard Clary, conductor
Concert recorded Saturday evening, March 19 at Clowes Memorial Hall on the Butler University campus, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Larry Livingston, conductor and music director
Recorded Saturday evening, March 19 at Hilbert Circle Theatre, Indianapolis, Indiana. (Please note - these are selections from the Honor Orchestra of America concert. At this time, the full concert is not available.)
Thank you to all who voted for Music for All and our partner arts organizations in the Chase Community Giving Program on Facebook. Round 1 voting ended May 4, and I’m happy to announce that Music for All finished in the top 20, with the top 100 each to receive a $25,000 grant.
The top 100 will move on to Round 2, with voting starting May 19, through May 25. Each organization in the top 100 now has the opportunity to submit their Big Idea in 1,000 characters or less, describing how the Charity would spend $500,000 if it won, and will also have the option to submit a 30 second video and photos. The 25 eligible Charities receiving the most votes will be considered the winners of Round 2 and will share in $2,500,000 in donations from Chase.
I borrowed the title of this post, “Partners in Success,” from Drum Corps International’s news release about the Round 1 outcome and the strong showing by DCI, several of its member corps and our fellow partner organizations WGI and NAfME. As it says in the release, “Extensive cross-promotion by Drum Corps International and these organizations focused on music education advocacy helped all of the partnered groups climb the leader board throughout the campaign.”
Everyone who voted in Round 1 was a partner in our success. You’ll have five votes in Round 2, and we hope you’ll again cast your vote for Music for All and our partner organizations so that we can continue the important work of providing music education experiences. Get ready to get out the vote!
DCI’s story has a lot of great details about the Chase program and the musical arts organizations that all placed in the top 20. Read more.
The application and audition packets for the 2012 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, next March in Indianapolis, are now available for download.
June 10, 2011 is the application and audition deadline for ensembles: high school and middle school concert bands, orchestras and percussion ensembles.
June 29 is the "early bird" application deadline for the Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America and Jazz Band of America. High school students that can't make the first deadline have until September 15 to apply and October 3 to submit the audition recording.
The Marriott Place Indianapolis, featuring the spectacular, new JW Marriott and four other hotels, will be the official hotel of the festival.
Download the application packet for full details on the festival, the audition requirements and to learn more about what sets the non-competitive Music for All National Festival apart from any other national performance experience.