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INDIANAPOLIS, IN, MARCH 12, 2020 – With the World Health Organization’s assessment that COVID-19 coronavirus can be characterized as a pandemic and with significant changes by national organizations announced Wednesday evening, Music for All has modified the 2020 Music for All National Festival for the safety and well-being of all those involved with our organization.

Music for All has contacted the ensembles who had not yet departed for the Festival to recommend that they stay home and not travel to the event.

We are communicating with the groups who have already arrived and are asking them to work with us to make the best and most effective travel plans home.

With the clinicians who are present, we will offer educational programming to the ensembles who are already in Indianapolis until their early departure.

Indiana’s neighboring state of Ohio has taken extreme precautionary actions, and with the continuing progression of the coronavirus in the United States and globally, the evolution of the situation in the city and state is unknown.

Music for All is deeply saddened to cancel this Festival which is the epitome of scholastic band, orchestra, and choral scholastic learning opportunities in America.

We are thankful for the support and counsel of our local community and everyone involved in the Music for All family.

We are also grateful for the support and ongoing understanding of our participants as we make the best possible decision for them, the organization, and our nation.

Our mission remains to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Our vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child across America has access and opportunity to active music-making in his or her scholastic environment.

We, like every American and citizen of the world, are hopeful and expectant that we will all persevere and never compromise on our belief in music, music in our schools, and music for all.

MARCH 9, 2020 – Music for All continues to monitor developments regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, the Music for All National Festival will proceed as planned, the week of March 10-14 in Indianapolis.

Our attention is focused on the attendees, their safety, and their experience at the Festival. Music for All will continue to monitor the situation and to follow procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Indiana State Department of Health.

Music for All is in communication with the City of Indianapolis, the Festival hotels, and venues about their preparedness and current developments. Music for All participated in a conference call today, Monday, March 9 at 4 p.m. ET with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Federation of State High School Associations, where the CDC gave an update to organizations on the coronavirus response.

On Friday, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued a public health emergency declaration after one confirmed case in Indiana of COVID-19 to ensure the state receives additional funding if needed and to increase coordination across all levels of government in the state’s response to coronavirus. This is also a step in making Indiana eligible for federal dollars to respond to the outbreak. (Indiana Office of the Governor, in.gov 03/08/20).

The Indiana State Department of Health also issued an update Friday. We are providing the link to their current information on the novel coronavirus here: https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm

We continue to recommend that participants traveling to the Festival take these steps recommended by the Indiana State Department of Health to protect yourself:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Below is a communication that was sent to the Music for All National Festival participating directors, honor ensemble member parents, and Festival personnel:

Music for All recognizes that the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) is a major discussion issue for many National Festival participants. We continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Music for All is proceeding as planned with the Music for All National Festival and is monitoring the situation. We are in communication with the City of Indianapolis and our Festival hotels and facilities, who have told us they are implementing best practices in their health and housekeeping efforts. The health and safety of our participants is paramount.

Music for All urges all parties to take precautions to limit the spread of any illness, including while traveling. We will maintain measures during the event to encourage routine practices such as frequent handwashing and everyday preventative actions.

Music for All will continue to monitor updates and recommendations from the CDC.

Up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Jeremy L. Earnhart Elected President and COO, Eric L. Martin Continues as CEO

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, February 28, 2020 – Music for All, Inc. (MFA) today announced Jeremy Earnhart has been elected as the organization’s President and COO effective March 1, 2020.  In his new role, Dr. Earnhart will be responsible for operations while Eric Martin will continue as CEO and focus on advancement and building a sustainable legacy for MFA. “This is a natural time for me to focus my energies on leading efforts to secure the resources needed to provide access to music and arts education for all students,” said Mr. Martin. “I am grateful for the privilege and opportunity to increase our organization’s resources and ability to extend and advocate for access and new opportunities for underappreciated communities.”

Both Dr. Earnhart and Mr. Martin will share responsibility for strategic planning. “The election of Dr. Earnhart to President is a natural next step in a leadership transition for Music for All’s future,” said Gayl Doster, Chairman of the MFA Board of Directors. “This change positions both leaders to focus their strengths on two key elements for MFA’s success now and into the future – operational excellence and strategic sustainability.”

About Music for All

Since 1975, Music for All has been a destination and set the standard for scholastic music ensemble performance and music education advocacy. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization, Music for All’s mission is to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Music for All’s vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child in America has access and opportunity for active music-making in his or her scholastic environment. Music for All’s advocacy efforts inspire and develop models and strategies for successful music programs, through programs like its Advocacy in Action Awards, the I-65 Corridor Project, and support of Indianapolis Public Schools, the Central Indiana Track Show Association, and Indiana State Fair Band Day, and programs like United Sound and Be Part of the Music. Music for All’s programs include more than 45 annual events, including the Bands of America Grand National Championships and Regional Championships for marching bands; the Music for All Summer Symposium camp for students and teachers; the Music for All National Festival for bands, orchestras, choirs, percussion and chamber ensembles; Affiliate Regional Music Festivals; and national student honor ensembles including the Bands of America Honor Band that will march for the fifth time in the Rose Parade® in 2021.

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Susan L. Smith, Music for All Educational Consultant, kicks off a new live webinar series exclusively on BAND, the mobile app in the Director Hub.

The webinar will focus on concert festival preparation for young or small bands. 

This FREE Webinar will include tips for success for the concert band conductor with a small or young band. The first half of this online clinic will be informative with suggestions that have worked for the clinician in the past.

The second half will focus on specific questions or needs of the attendees.

Fill out the form below to ensure your questions get answered! The webinar will be available in the Director hub at the conclusion of the event.

Join the hub and RSVP here: https://band.us/band/76115568

Question form: https://www.tfaforms.com/4803102

The winners of the 2020 Advocacy in Action Awards were announced January 15.

Over forty school music programs across America have been recognized for their outstanding music advocacy initiatives as recipients of Music for All’s 2020 Advocacy in Action Awards. The Music for All Advocacy in Action Awards recognize music programs, schools, and communities across the United States that demonstrate outstanding achievement in local efforts to provide access to music education for all students. From community arts fairs to stellar recruitment videos to all-female jazz festivals, this year’s winning programs not only represent innovative and effective approaches to music advocacy nationwide, but also highlight the power of music education to address some of the most pressing issues in today’s headlines.

“For too long music advocacy has leaned mainly on research-based justifications,” says Eric Martin, President and CEO, Music for All. “Music for All’s Advocacy in Action Awards collect and share ideas so music programs and their supporters can get practical and inspire each other.”

One of the winning projects brings music education into a juvenile detention center in San Diego, using music to teach math, as well as encouraging pro-social behavior and healing. While participating in Project Confined Redefined, these young men are able to better regulate themselves and express their feelings through music. “No matter what the future holds for these students, they will always remember the magic of music making and will forever remember how music provided an outlet for their own frustrations, anger, remorse, and acknowledgement,” says James Stephens, Director of Advocacy and Educational Resources for Music for All.

Another winning project serves as a bridge between marginalized first generation and immigrant communities and the local community. INTEMPO provides a year-round music school, after school programming, and a summer camp, all providing choral and string education in Stamford, Connecticut. The programming is culturally conscious, using folkloric instruments and featuring composers and a repertoire that reflects students’ own diversity. They partner with local schools and community institutions, all while keeping the experiences affordable, accessible, and inclusive.

Thirty-nine other projects nationwide are also being hailed for the powerful impact on their own communities through Advocacy in Action. To qualify for the Advocacy in Action Award designation, each of these applicants submitted a detailed description of its music program and project entry in one of six categories: Community Engagement, Decision-Maker Interaction, Fundraising and Sponsorship, Marketing and Promotion, Parent and Booster Involvement, or Recruitment and Retention. Submissions were reviewed by a national panel of educators, administrators, and community and business leaders.

It is Music for All’s vision to be a catalyst to ensure every child across America has access and opportunity to participate in active music-making in his or her scholastic environment. In efforts to fulfill this vision, the Advocacy in Action Awards were designed to celebrate active music-making both inside and outside the traditional music classroom.

This year’s award winners are recognized online at advocacy.musicforall.org. The website curates the winning entries from each year as a resource for arts educators. By collecting, recognizing, and sharing outstanding examples of local advocacy efforts, Music for All ultimately hopes to inspire others across the nation to take action in their own communities.

Music for All has elected two new members to its Board of Directors: Annie Martinez of Avon, IN and Robert Morrison of Warren, NJ.

Annie Martinez head shot720lowAndra “Annie” Martinez is a veteran fundraiser who specializes in program growth and revitalization. Her experience includes new program development in higher education, the arts, and human services. As the Vice President of Communications & Development she manages the Children’s Bureau, Inc. (CBI) brand and the agency’s fundraising department. Ms. Martinez was previously the Director of Development at Music for All, where she designed and executed a virtual campaign, the Bands of America (BOA) Alumni Campaign, which generated over $250,000 in 81 days and earned a Gold Pinnacle Award from the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA).

Ms. Martinez was previously the Regional Director of Development for the Treasure Coast Region of Florida Atlantic University, and established programs for the Department of Computer Sciences and the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) housed in the School of Science at Purdue University. Ms. Martinez earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Journalism from Indiana State University and specialized training from the Indiana School of Philanthropy.

“Ms. Martinez has a well-rounded and successful background in working with nonprofits,” said Mr. Gayl Doster, Chairman of the Board of Music for All. “Her knowledge and expertise as a fundraiser makes her an extremely valuable addition to the Music for All Board.”

  

Bob Morrison headshot 720lowRobert B. Morrison is Founder and CEO of Quadrant Research, the nation’s leading arts education research organization where he has created a deep body of research and policy work. Mr. Morrison is recognized as a pioneer in statewide arts education status and condition research, whose efforts have directly impacted millions of students. Mr. Morrison also serves as the director of Arts Ed NJ, the statewide arts education advocacy organization responsible for the advancement of arts education for all New Jersey students.

Mr. Morrison is the founder of Music for All where he remains chairman emeritus. He was the first CEO of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation and served as the Director of Market Development for the NAMM, where he helped create the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

Mr. Morrison’s advocacy work has earned him both an EMMY and a Peabody Award, the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Arts Education, and he received an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York. In 2019, Mr. Morrison was inducted to the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame.

“I welcome back to the Music for All Board Mr. Morrison who is an outstanding arts education researcher,” said Chairman Doster. “His insight into arts education and his advocacy for arts education will help guide Music for All in the future.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Music for All is a nonprofit educational organization, with a mission is to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Music for All annually presents more than 50 Music for All and Bands of America programs and events nationwide. Music for All’s advocacy programs include the Advocacy in Actions Awards and educational programs for students and teachers in core urban schools, including the I-65 Corridor Program and work with the Indianapolis Public Schools music programs, and with a focus on small and rural school music programs.

The Music for All office will be closed on Friday, January 17 while we have new internet and phones installed and tested to update our systems. The updates will allow us to provide improved service to teachers, students, parents, and supporters. You will be able to leave a voice mail if you call the office or a specific Music for All staff direct line number.

Our office will reopen at 8:30 a.m. ET on Monday, January 20. Thank you for your continued support.

Stop by the Music for All booth and talk with the following members of our Education team



Susan Smith will be in the booth on Wednesday, 12/18 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. to talk about the National Chamber Music Festival and small band initiatives for marching bands!



Come meet Music for All Educational Consultant Zachary Harris, adjunct professor at William Carey University. Zachary will be in the booth each daydiscussing our urban education initiatives and the I-65 Corridor Collaborative.

Wed. 12/18 - 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Thurs. 12/19 - 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fri. 12/20 - 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.



Let’s talk about the Honor Band in the Rose Parade®! January 15, 2020 is the application and audition deadline for students.

Meet with Richard Saucedo on Thursday 12/19 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. to learn more.

        

Want to learn more about Music for All Affiliate Regional Music Festivals and the Directors’ Academy at the Music for All National Festival?

Scott Casagrande and Stan Schoonover will be available on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – Noon to talk with you.



David Starnes, our Summer Symposium Camp Director will be available on Thursday 12/19 from 9:00-11:00 am to talk about summer camp and the many opportunities for students and directors.



Having worked with Fran Kick for over two decades, Music for All shares in his passion and mission to develop student leadership in all students, rather than just let it happen with a selected few. Come by on Friday 12/20 from 9 a.m.-Noon to talk about student leadership opportunities at the Summer Symposium!

Check out the following Music for All master educators and clinicians at the 2019 Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic!

Bobby Lambert, Wando H.S., SC: Wind Symphony Performance; Thursday, December 19, 8:30 a.m. Skyline Ballroom W375E

Cheryl Floyd, Hill Country M.S., TX retired: “Once More with Feeling: The Music Really Matters”; Friday, December 20, 8:30 a.m. Ballroom W183

Daniel Malacon, Timber Creek H.S., TX: Timber Creek Saxophone Ensemble Performance; Thursday, December 19, 4:30 p.m. Ballroom W190

Dave Gerhart, Yamaha Corporation of America: “Percussion Methods 102: Revisited”; Thursday December 19, 4:30 p.m. Meeting Room W186

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Music for All Senior Educational Advisor: Music Parents Sessions, Wednesday December 18, 4:30 p.m. and Thursday December 19, 2:00 p.m. Meeting room W193 and “It is Better to Illuminate than to Shine: A Credo for All Teachers and Conductors”, Thursday December19, 3:00 p.m. Meeting Room W185 Moderator for “An Interview with Julie Giroux” Friday December 20, 10:30 a.m. Ballroom W183

Freddy Martin, Westminster Schools, GA: “Go Play Outside! A Contextual Discussion on the Benefits, Drawbacks, and Stigmas associated with Outdoor Brass Playing”; Thursday December 19, 11:30 a.m. Meeting Room W184

H. Robert Reynolds, Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California Chat Room “The Two Kinds of Knowledge and the Two Kinds of Conductors” Wednesday December 18, 11:30 a.m. Meeting Room W193 2nd Annual Midwest Clinic Reynolds Conducting Institute Thursday December 19, 10:00 a.m & 2:30 p.m. & Friday Decmeber 20, 9:00 a.m. Meeting Room W178 Open Rehearsal with the University of Texas (Austin) Chamber Winds; Thursday December 19, 1:30 p.m. Meeting Room W178 Guest conductor, Players from the University of Texas (Austin) Wind Ensemble; Saturday December 21 10:00 a.m. Ballroom W183

Jarrett Lipman and Alan Sharps, Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX: Wind Ensemble Performance;Thursday December 19, 1:00 p.m., Skyline Ballroom W375AB

Jeffrey Grogan, Oklahoma City University, OK: “Leading Rehearsals that Inspire”; Wednesday December 18, 10:30 a.m. Ballroom W183

Jerrell Horton, Vestavia Hills H.S., AL: “Relationships that Resonate: Creating a Culture of Leadership and Inclusion through United Sound”; Wednesday December 18, 3:00 p.m. Meeting Room W186

John Phillips, University of Western Ontario retired: “The Concert was Great! But What Did They Learn? Using Reflective Practice to Support Student Achievement”; Friday December 20, 10:30 a.m. Meeting Room W186

Jon Gomez, East Valley Youth Symphony, AZ: “Changing Classroom Management Struggles into Successful Results”; Thursday December 19, 1:00 p.m. Meeting Room W185

Julie Duty, United Sound: “Relationships that Resonate: Creating a Culture of Leadership and Inclusion through United Sound”; Wednesday December 18, 3:00 p.m. Meeting Room W186

Julie Giroux, Clinician/Composer/Conductor: “An Interview with Julie Giroux”; Friday December 20, 10:30 a.m. Ballroom W183

Matt McCready, Union Public Schools, OK: “Teaching through Poverty: Removing Barriers for Participation and Performance”; Thursday December 19, 11:30 a.m. Meeting Room W179

Richard Floyd, UIL Director Emeritus, TX: “Once More with Feeling: The Music Really Matters”; Friday, December 20, 8:30 a.m. Ballroom W183

Richard Saucedo, Carmel H.S., IN retired: Rehearsal Lab – Small School High School Band; Thursday December 19, 4:30 p.m. Ballroom W183

Robert T. Herrings III, Artie Henry Middle School, TX: “Slow and Steady Wins the Race”; Thursday December 19, 3:00 p.m. Meeting Room W181

Mast had been through numerous rounds of buying music equipment for his students at Klein Cain High School and other schools in Houston, Texas: from chairs to stands to storage - and everything in between.

He had always turned to Wenger Corporation, a single-company solution for his music education and performing arts needs.

Klein Cain was no exception. Built in 2017, the school had a variety of equipment requirements for its band, orchestra, and choir rehearsal rooms, main theatre, and black box theatre. Wenger Corporation’s Wenger, J.R. Clancy, and GearBoss brands were the preferred solutions.

“The district saw the advantage of buying quality Wenger products to avoid problems later,” Mast says. “We do it right the first time.”

Quality Investment

In the music education department, Mast and his team selected Wenger’s Student Chairs and Classic 50® Music Stands. Both are durable and the chairs are comfortable and support good posture.

UltraStor® Instrument Cabinets were chosen in the Band and Orchestra rooms to keep the students’ instruments protected, organized and safe when not in use. The bolt-through Wenger design provides increased durability for long-term use.

The StageTek® risers in the rehearsal rooms provide a strong, yet lightweight solution for the band, orchestra, and choirs. The refined, smart design is the product of extensive research, engineering, and technical advancements in materials and manufacturing. The result is a lighter, stronger staging system that’s easier to handle and faster to set up.

Elevated Performance

To enhance the school’s performing arts infrastructure, Wenger designed and manufactured a Diva® Full-Stage Acoustical Shell, enabling them to make acoustic adjustments to best suit each ensemble.

“The Diva shell enables our auditorium’s acoustics to complement and support band, orchestra, and choir, who all require different configurations,” Mast says.

One of the primary benefits in addition to superior sound for the performers and audience is the shell’s versatility. During busy months, it’s often set up or reconfigured every other day. Striking the nine towers and three clouds takes only thirty minutes.

J.R. Clancy provided a full counterweight rigging system in the auditorium. This one-stop solution simplifies coordination for the general contractor and gives the customer a cost-saving package discount. It also means a single point of contact for the school.

Finally, a black box theatre was designed for more intimate performances. Crews included StageTek® risers and chairs for audience seating, which are durable, lightweight, and easy to configure. Move & Store Carts enable the space to be cleared quickly. An adjacent dressing room with Wenger make-up stations and Rack n’ Roll Garment Racks give performers the perfect space to get ready and store costumes or concert wear.

Lighting Integration

In both the auditorium and black box theatre, Wenger Corporation provided lighting integration. Theatrical spotlights, utility lighting, and the integration of emergency lighting with the controls system were an integral part of the auditorium’s hybrid lighting system. In the black box theatre, Wenger implemented power, networking, and controls for a separate hybrid system for ease of use and control.

“We can really shine when a school needs quality equipment in their music education and performing arts spaces,” says Stacy Hanson, Marketing Communications Director at Wenger Corporation. “Our proven solutions offer limitless options, integrated solutions, and outstanding service and support – all of which help students and staff operate efficiently and effectively.”

“Wenger Corporation is always looking forward, listening to customers, and improving their products,” Mast says. “We’re proud to partner with them and include their products in our schools to help our students perform to the best of their abilities.”

To learn more about Wenger Corporation, please visit www.wengercorp.com.

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