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Music for All is pleased to announce that Nick Ramsey has joined the organization as its Events Coordinator. "We are excited for Nick to be able to share his strong logistics background,” says Mark Sternberg, Events Manager. “He has a great understanding of creating wonderful experiences for visiting artists, and we are excited to see him bring this to our participants and patrons throughout the year."

Nick comes to us from the Cleveland Orchestra, where he was the Artistic Planning Coordinator, and managed the guest artists' logistics during the symphony’s centennial celebration. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he earned a Bachelor in Music Education, and a Masters Degree in Arts Administration.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Music for All, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 educational organization that presents more than 45 programs and events across America annually and is a voice advocating for music and arts education in all scholastic environments.


Music for All is pleased to announce that Mariam Watson has joined the organization as its Revenue Analyst & Ticketing Manager. “We are very pleased that Mariam has joined our team! In such a short period of time, she has already made many contributions in streamlining our accounting functions,” says Sarah Loughery, Controller. “We look forward to her future with Music for All and all that she will accomplish!”

Watson has previously held positions with Crowe Horwath as a Senior Healthcare Consultant, AES Corp as a Senior Accountant, IU Health as a Business Intelligence Coordinator, and several other accounting positions. She also traveled to Central America and Asia on a sabbatical. She received her degree in Business Administration and in German from Missouri Southern State University and her M.B.A. from the University of Indianapolis.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Music for All, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 educational organization that presents more than 45 programs and events across America annually and is a voice advocating for music and arts education in all scholastic environments.

Nearly 100 winners from schools and school districts across America have been recognized as recipients of the Music for All Advocacy in Action Awards for 2019.

Behind most great school music programs are strong recruitment, retention, and booster programs. The Music for All Advocacy in Action Awards recognizes music programs, schools, and communities across the United States that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide access to music education for all students.

Music for All received more than 95 entries for the 2018-2019 school year – the debut year of the awards.

To qualify for the Advocacy in Action Award designation, schools or districts submitted a detailed description of its music program and its project entry. Submissions were reviewed by a national panel of educators, administrators, and community and business leaders.

“For too long music advocacy has leaned mainly on research-based justifications. 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,” says Eric Martin, President & CEO, Music for All.

It is Music for All’s vision to be a catalyst to ensure that every child across America has access and opportunity to participate in active music-making in their scholastic environment.

2018-2019 award-winners are recognized online at The website curates the winning entries as a resource for arts educators.

Dr. Brandon Boyd, and Dr. Andrew Crow join Joseph Flummerfelt, André Thomas, Kent Hatteberg, John Byun, Lynda Hasseler, Jason Max Ferdinand, Karen Kennedy, Stacey V. Gibbs, and Artistic Director, Henry Leck to complete the 2019 National Choir Festival artistic panel.

Dr. Brandon Boyd, Assistant Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at University of Missouri will serve as evaluator/clinician for the 2019 National Choir Festival. “Each year at Music for All National Choir Festival, the organization strives to honor their mission by celebrating musical excellence through life-changing choral experiences. This year will be no different. As a member of the blind-listening and choral artistic committee, I am excited to see the impact the festival will have on these talented choral ensembles as they experience the joy of singing in a national community of choirs and working with international professional conductors. The featured conductor this year is the world-renowned conductor and composer, Dr. André J. Thomas, who will bring a wealth of knowledge and compassion to this year's festival that will penetrate the hearts and minds of participants and attendees for years to come. What an exciting experience this will be for ALL!” - Brandon Boyd

Together, Dr. Boyd and Dr. Andre Thomas will present a Gospel Master Class during the festival. Hear them improvise a joyful holiday piano duet here:

The Festival Singers of Florida perform Dr. Boyd’s arrangement of Until I Reach My Home:

Dr. Andrew Crow, Director of Choral Activities at Ball State University, served on the blind listening panel for the 2019 National Choir Festival, and will be Master of Ceremonies for the 1:30pm National Festival Choir performance, Saturday March 16, 2019 at the Palladium Center for the Performing Arts in Indianapolis. “Hearing a wide range of choirs through the blind listening process of recorded applications allows us to listen intently to each ensemble and evaluate them without distraction. We hear a broad range of repertoire and listen independently for key elements of vocal tone, intonation, ensemble balance, blend, and the mechanics of singing. Plus, with several contrasting songs, we can observe the singers’ ability to adapt stylistic nuance for each piece.” -Andrew Crow

Listen to the Ball State Statesmen performing The Cardinal Call, a medley of school songs:


All videos are being used with expressed, written permission of the composers and arrangers.

Music for All is very honored to have Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt serve as the conductors’ clinician for the National Choir Festival. "It was exciting that Music for All decided to launch a National Choir Festival in Indianapolis last year. I was very pleased to have been asked to be a part of what proved to be a very successful first year, and I look forward to continuing to play a role in the life of the festival this year and in the years ahead." -Joseph Flummerfelt

Enjoy a live interview with Joseph Flummerfelt:

Notable excerpts; If he could meet one composer it would be “Brahms!” and his favorite works include “Brahms Requiem, Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Bach B Minor Mass, Verdi Requiem, Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms, and Britten War Requiem.”

The University of Louisville Cardinal Singers under the direction of Kent Hatteberg will perform at the 2019 National Festival opening ceremony, and in concert at St. John’s Church.

Founded in 1970, the University of Louisville Cardinal Singers continue their outreach by offering workshops, performing, and competing internationally. They have performed at nine regional and national choral conventions, and recent international highlights include winning Grand Prize at the 2018 Zadar International Choir Competition in Croatia and feature performances at the 2017 Xi’an International Choral Festival in China. Hatteberg is also founder of the semi-professional Louisville Chamber Choir.

“After the highly successful launch of the Music for All National Choir Festival in 2018, we are looking forward to a fabulous 2019 Festival. I hope you will strongly consider giving this wonderful opportunity to your students. I can’t wait to hear and work with more amazing choirs in 2019. If you haven’t registered for 2020 yet, please do so at Your students will thank you for it.” -Kent Hatteberg

Flummerfelt and Hatteberg join André Thomas, John Byun, Lynda Hasseler, Jason Max Ferdinand, Karen Kennedy, Brandon Boyd, Stacey V. Gibbs, and Artistic Director, Henry Leck to complete the 2019 National Choir Festival artistic panel.

PepWear and Music for All Enter Into An Unprecedented 10-Year Agreement

PepWear and Music for All are poised for an exciting future. The two organizations, which have been working together for more than 15 years, have agreed to a new 10-year merchandise and sponsorship agreement.

With the new agreement, PepWear will continue to design, produce, and sell commemorative merchandise for all Music for All events, including Bands of America Championships, Music for All Summer Symposium, and Music for All National Festival for bands, choirs, and orchestras. In addition, PepWear will be an Official Corporate Sponsor of Music for All.

“Music for All and PepWear have worked side by side for more than 15 years and have developed a very close bond,” said Craig Johnson, President of PepWear. “By entering into a new 10-year merchandising agreement, we are mutually endorsing our shared values. I couldn’t be more proud or supportive of what Music for All stands for.”

“In addition, we will now be an Official Corporate Sponsor of Music for All, strengthening our relationship and reach,” he added.

“We are thrilled to continue our journey with PepWear,” says Music for All President and CEO, Eric Martin. “For more than a decade, PepWear has stood side-by-side with Music for All in commemorating the ‘positively life-changing’ programming and experiences provided to our participants and attendees. We look forward to PepWear’s increased and extended role in advocating and delivering on our mission and vision to make music education and its benefits more available and accessible.”

The new agreement secures PepWear’s long-term partnership with Music for All, one of the nation’s largest and leading organizations in support of scholastic music education, through educational programs, performance events, and music education advocacy efforts.

Merchandise will be sold at all Music for All events and can be purchased online at:

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If you'll be in Chicago for the Midwest Clinic this week, please come see us at the Music for All booth, Booth #1531! Several of our staff will be there to greet you with friendly smiles and hellos, and we will have lots of great materials available, including the 2019 Bands of America Championship Schedule and Application, 2019 Music for All Summer Symposium promotional materials, and application packets for the 2020 Music for All National Festival!

In addition to seeing us at the booth, we hope you'll catch some of these great clinics and presentations that are happening throughout the week. Below is a list of sessions and performances that are being presented by friends of Music for All!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A Question of Proportion and Ethics: Synthetic Sounds in "Live" Marching Bands
1:30-2:30 p.m., Meeting Room W185
Joseph Allison. Bob Buckner, Amanda Drinkwater, 
Jarrett Lipman, Freddy Martin, and Kenneth Snoeck 

Title I School Model Arts Integration Grades 6-12
1:30-2:30 p.m.,Meeting Room W186
Dr. Oscar Petty Jr.

Creating Passion on the Podium
3:30-4:00 p.m., Meeting Room W178B
Anthony Maiello

Music Parents Session with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser
4:30-5:00 p.m., Meeting Room W178B
Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

Thursday, December 20, 2018

How to Succeed in Your Next (or First!) Job
8:30-9:00 a.m., Meeting Room W178B
Col. Thomas Palmatier

Performance Techniques for the Young Timpanist
8:30-9:30 a.m., Meeting Room W179
Dr. David Collier

The Midwest Clinic Jazz Performance Application Workshop: Advice from the Board
8:30-9:30 a.m., Meeting Room W192
J. Richard Dunscomb

Connect 4: Practical Music Advocacy Communication Strategies
10:00-11:00 a.m., Meeting Room W187
Dr. Jeremy Earnhart and William Earvin

Copyright: A Composer, a Teacher, and a Lawyer
10:00-11:00 a.m., Meeting W181
Barry Morgan, Robert W. Smith, and David Starnes

Nurturing the Master Teacher: Effective Rehearsal Evaluation
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Meeting Room W179
Col. Timothy Holtan

Performance Preparation for the Middle School or Young Bands
1:00-1:30 p.m., Meeting Room W178B
Charles Jackson, Jr.

Music Parents Session with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser
2:15-2:45 p.m., Meeting Room W178B
Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

Addressing the Critical Need to Develop Student Leaders in Challenging Times and Places
3:00-4:00 p.m., Meeting Room W181
Scott Lang

David Maslanka: A Retrospective
3:00-4:00 p.m., Meeting Room W185
Gary Green, Dr. Mallory Thompson, and Dr. Emily Threinen

Excellence and the Inclusive Ensemble
3:00-4:00 p.m., Meeting Room W184
Rachel Maxwell

Jazz Rehearsal Techniques and Strategies
3:00-4:00 p.m., Meeting Room W192
J. Richard Dunscomb

Cobb Wind Symphony
4:30-5:45 p.m., Skyline Ballroom W375AB
Alfred Watkins

Musashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble
7:30-8:45 p.m., Skyline Ballroom W375AB
Ray E. Cramer

Friday, December 21, 2018

VanderCook College of Music Symphonic Band
8:15-9:30 a.m., Skyline Ballroom W375AB
Stacey Larson Dolan

Everyday Instrumental Inclusion: Making It Work
8:30-9:00 a.m., Meeting Room W178B
Julie Duty

Directors for Diversity: Grade 1-4 Band Works by Women
8:30-9:30 a.m., Ballroom W183
Jerry Junkin, Dr. Kevin Sedatole, and Dr. Mary K. Schneider

An Interview with John Whitwell
10:30-11:30 a.m., Ballroom W183
Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

Jazz New Music Reading Session
10:30-11:30 a.m., Ballroom W196
J. Richard Dunscomb

Learn to Think “Principal” and Increase Your Professional Credibility and Effectiveness
10:30-11:30 a.m., Meeting Room W186
Scott Koter

Ronald Reagan High School Wind Ensemble
12:00-1:00 p.m., Skyline Ballroom W375AB
Dan Morrison

Music Parents Session with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser
12:45-1:15 p.m., Meeting Room W178B
Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

The Bocalphone: Teaching Fundamentals for Bassoon and Other Winds Using the Reed and Bocal
3:00-3:30 p.m., Meeting Room W178B
Douglas Spaniol

Rio Grande Valley Jazz Orchestra
4:15-5:30 p.m., Ballroom W196
Ronnie Rios

Apply to Perform at the Midwest Clinic
4:15-5:30 p.m., Meeting Room W185B
Dr. Rodney C. Dorsey

Music for All is pleased to announce that Paul St. Angelo has joined the organization as its Vice President – Advancement. “We are delighted to have Paul join us because he brings years of fundraising and management experience to our cause,” said Eric L. Martin, Esq./CFEE, President and CEO of Music for All.

St. Angelo has previously held positions with the Children’s Home Foundation, the International School of Indiana, Ivy Tech Community College, Culver Educational Foundation, the Indiana University School of Dentistry, Marian University, and began his career in the nationwide United Way system. He has also owned his own consulting company and has been a resident of Indianapolis for many years.

“I am quite impressed with the Music for All organization and mission,” said St. Angelo. “It’s an organization that started with the nationally recognized Bands of America (BOA) and Orchestra America programs in 1975. Now, its events are recognized as the pinnacle of educational programming for high school and middle school instrumental and choral music programs nationwide. Each year, more than 500,000 people attend our events, more than 125,000 students participate, and 100,000 people subscribe to its online services. It’s got an impressive history and reputation and I am proud to be a part of the organization.”

Eric Martin commented, “In the coming years, Music for All hopes to increase its philanthropic revenue as it has its sponsorship, grants, and event income streams. We believe Paul can accomplish this objective and look forward to more success for the organization and the youth that we serve and educate.”

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Music for All, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 educational organization that presents more than 45 programs and events across America annually and is a voice advocating for music and arts education in all scholastic environments.

This year, Music for All introduced its newest advocacy initiative - the Advocacy in Action Awards. In the inaugural year of this program, we received a record-setting number of applications representing music programs, schools, and communities across the United States. We are extremely grateful for those who took the time to showcase their advocacy efforts on the national stage by applying for this program.

The Advocacy in Action Awards program is a radically different call to action which collects and shares the best methods to elevate music education in your community. Mark your calendars, the 2018 award recipients will be announced Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Please join us in thanking all of these outstanding programs:

B.E. Mays H.S., GA
Baker H.S., LA
Biloxi H.S., MS
Brighton H.S., MI
Broken Arrow H.S., OK
Buchholz H.S., FL
Burrell School District, PA
Canton Public Schools, MA
Capistrano Valley H.S., CA
Carmel H.S., IN
Castle H.S., IN
Cedar Grove H.S., NJ
Cedar Hill H.S., TX
Centerville H.S., OH
Central M.S., MI
Charlottesville H.S., VA
Creekside M.S., IN
Decatur Central H.S., IN
Desert Hills H.S., UT
Desert Vista H.S., AZ
DuBois Area M.S., PA
East Central H.S., TX
Fishers H.S., IN
Glen Ridge H.S., NJ
Greenwood Community H.S., IN
Haltom H.S., TX
Hastings H.S., MI
Hastings M.S. ,MI
Highland H.S., AZ
Hillcrest Intermediate School, PA
Indian Valley School, OH
Jay County H.S., IN
Jensen Beach H.S., FL
JL Long M.S., TX
John Foster Dulles H.S., TX
John M. Harlan H.S., TX
Lake Hamilton H.S., AR
Lava Ridge Intermediate School, UT
Longwood Central School District, NY
Marshwood M.S., ME
Mater Dei H.S., CA
Morton School District 709, IL
North Cobb H.S., GA
Northbrook Jr H.S., IL
Norwin H.S., PA
Norwin M.S., PA
O'Fallon Township H.S., IL
Open World Learning Community, MN
Orleans Jr./Sr. H.S., IN
Owasso H.S., OK
Princeton City School District, OH
Prosper H.S., TX
Reidland Intermediate School, KY
Rouse H.S., TX
Rowan-Salisbury School System, NC
Spring Valley Academy, CA
St. Francis Prep, NY
St. Ignatius College Prep, IL
Tarpon Springs Leadership Conservatory for the Arts, FL
Vestavia Hills H.S., AL
Wando H.S., SC
Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School, NY
West Brook M.S., NJ
Windsor H.S., NY
Youth Orchestras of Lubbock, TX

Monday, November 26, 2018

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday!

Written by

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During my nine years with Music for All, I have had the absolute pleasure to witness over 1 million students go through Music for All programming. Their experiences with Music for All have been part of their journey for excellence in personal development, ensemble achievement, leadership, teamwork, and the creation of art.  

In my current role at Music for All, I work to raise money through sponsorships, grants, and through donations from individuals like you. Thanks to you, we are able to help support and sustain our current programming, but even more importantly, to further Music for All’s vision to ensure that EVERY child across America has access and opportunity to engage in active music-making in their scholastic environment. 

I’m here, not only as an employee of Music for All but as an active donor myself, because I believe 100% that the experiences and life skills that students receive through music education (and Music for All programming) are not only important, but essential in helping to create a better world full of people who have empathy for each other and know how to work together toward a common goal. 

On #GivingTuesday, and throughout the end of this year, I urge you to consider showing your support of Music for All through a donation to the 2019 Music for All Summer Symposium Scholarship Fund.

I’d like to share an excerpt from a "thank you" letter that we received from a past Summer Symposium Scholarship recipient. Trinity is able to put her experience into words in a way I cannot of why these experiences are so important.

“I’d like to thank you for the Scholarship to Summer Symposium. I learned many valuable things. Not only did it provide me with the opportunity to have an insight into college life, but I also was provided with lessons that I will be able to use for the rest of my life. The teachers and even the SWAGs inspired me to pursue what I want in college. They taught me that it’s okay to be different and that no matter where you go, there will always be someone to challenge you.

I was also having trouble deciding what colleges to apply for. Seeing the Ball State campus and students enjoying their time there makes me want to apply even more. Going to Summer Symposium helped me stop being afraid of college and learn to embrace the opportunities that come with it.

Not only did I discover all these things, but I also discovered myself. When I came to the Symposium for the first time I was very introverted and insecure. This place and all these people helped me come out of my shell, to become more confident in myself and my decision-making. The people taught me many valuable things, but out of everything, the most valuable concept I learned was to be a leader. 

Being a leader has helped me become more than just a listener. It has taught me to follow what I believe, speak my opinion, and be committed in every aspect of life. This leadership is a skill that is helpful in school, but in real life as well. Leadership has assisted in overcoming my anxiety. I don’t let anxiety hold me back anymore. For this, and for everything else, I thank you." 

 - Trinity, Summer Symposium Scholarship Recipient 

Please help us ensure that even more students, like Trinity, can have these types of experiences that will set them up for success for the rest of their lives. 

In 2018 alone, Music for All programs reached more than 144,000 participants. If even 25% of those who participated this year each donated $5 that would be $180,000 that we could raise to help provide access and opportunity to more students across the country.   

If music education has been an important part of your and your family's life… pay it forward this holiday season. $5, $10, $15 – any amount can make a difference and help make sure someone else has the same opportunity that you did.   

If you can’t give monetarily this year, you can still give. I’d love to hear from you about how being involved with Music for All has impacted your life. Email me and share your story! Even better, consider sharing that story online as well and encourage your friends and family to donate this holiday season.

Wishing you the very best this Holiday season,


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For #GivingTuesday 2018, all donations received from 8:00 a.m. ET (5:00 a.m. PT) on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 through Facebook Fundraising will be matched by Facebook and Paypal. The matching offer will expire when $7 million in donations is reached or at 11:59 p.m. PT on November 27th. The button above will take you to Music for All's Fundraising Page on Facebook.

If you would like to support Music for All, but do not want to use the Facebook platform, you can also make a donation directly through Music for All's website  (this will not be counted toward the Facebook/Paypal match but is certainly appreciated).


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