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Staff Spotlight

What is your hometown? City, State.
I grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?
Franklin Central High School. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Class of 2019

What is your musical background?
I played violin since 5th grade until my senior year in high school. I played in my high school’s orchestra all four years, and I have always had a deep love and appreciation for classical music and orchestral pieces.

What has been your favorite part of this internship experience?
Being able to work with the students, parents, and guests at each event. Often I don’t get to directly see the fruit of my labors in other workplaces, so having the chance to directly interact with and help make those we serve happy and having a positive impact on their experience has meant the world to me.

What is an interesting fact about you?
I am a certified 1st Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and I recently traveled abroad in Poland.

Who are your top three favorite artists?
In no particular order: Zach Hemsey, Powerwolf, and Mick Gordon

Would you rather be able to talk to animals or speak all the foreign languages?
Since I’ve been abroad and often served others from different countries, I’d like to be able to speak all languages to have that connection with everyone I meet.

What division at camp would you want to participate in if you were still in school?
Leadership Weekend

What are you currently reading?
It’s one of my favorite pastimes, but I haven’t had much time to really sit down and read anything recently.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” -Christopher Reeve, the original Superman.

What show have you binge watched recently?
The last thing I watched was the finale of Game of Thrones and One Punch Man Season 2.

What actor or actress would play you in a movie written about your life?
Probably Keanu Reeves or Ansel Elgort

What is your hometown? City, State.
Columbus, Indiana

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?
Columbus North High School
Anderson University, December 2019

What is your musical background?
Since sixth grade, I’ve bounced back and forth between trumpet and bassoon depending on the needs of my ensembles at the time. In high school, I did marching band, wind ensemble, jazz, and orchestra, and in college I’ve continued on with wind ensemble and orchestra. I’ve done chamber ensembles and a few musicals as well.

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What has been your favorite part of this internship experience?
I love having a wide variety of projects and the fun, passionate people with whom I get to work on them. I love being able to support educators.

What is an interesting fact about you?
I collect coffee mugs and stickers from local coffee shops

Who are your top three favorite artists?
Hippo Campus
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Would you rather be able to talk to animals or speak all the foreign languages?
Definitely speak foreign languages. It would make understanding history and culture so much easier and it would be cool to be able to communicate with so many people.

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What division at camp would you want to participate in if you were still in school?
I would probably attend the marching band division!

What are you currently reading?
Right now I’m about halfway through Crazy Rich Asians

What show have you binge watched recently?
I did Stranger Things 3 on July 4!

What actor or actress would play you in a movie written about your life?
I've been told Emma Stone but I'm not sure I agree

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What is your hometown? City, State.
Carmel, Indiana

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?
I graduated from Carmel High School in 2015 and I will graduate from IUPUI in May 2020.

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What is your musical background?
I was a member of the Carmel Guard program for 7 years! I feel very lucky to have been a staff member for the Carmel JV Guard since I graduated and have gotten to teach students at Elwood Jr./Sr. High School and Noblesville High School.

What has been your favorite part of this internship experience?
I love getting to interact with directors, and I love getting to watch students benefit from some of the same great experiences Music for All provided me with when I was a student.

What is an interesting fact about you?
I have a sleep disorder called Narcolepsy

Who are your top favorite artists?
Taylor Swift and Zac Brown Band

Would you rather be able to talk to animals or speak all the foreign languages?
Definitely speak to animals

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What division at camp would you want to participate in if you were still in school?
Color Guard of course!

What are you currently reading?
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Do you have a favorite quote?
"What comes easy won’t last. What lasts won’t come easy”

What show have you binge watched recently?
Dead to Me and That 70’s Show

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What actor or actress would play you in a movie written about your life?
Reese Witherspoon

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What is your hometown? City, State.
O’Fallon, IL

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?
-O’Fallon Township High School -Indiana University – Bloomington Class of 2020

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What is your musical background?
I have played flute for 11 years. In high school, I was a section leader in the marching band and a member of the wind ensemble. I participated in various musicals, flute choirs, and ILMEA District/All-State.

What has been your favorite part of this internship experience?
My favorite part about being a Music for All intern is being able to see the impact that music has on students, directors, and staff members from the perspective of a former participant to now an intern.

What is an interesting fact about you?
I studied abroad in Dubai and toured 8 different companies in 7 days; every dog that I’ve had has been named after construction trucks.

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Who are your top three favorite artists?
-Lauryn Hill
-Daniel Caesar
-J. Cole

Would you rather be able to talk to animals or speak all the foreign languages?
As much as I would like to know what my dog thinks about, I think I would rather speak all languages because it would make traveling the world even better.

What division at camp would you want to participate in if you were still in school?
Leadership Weekend and Marching Band

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Do you have a favorite quote?
“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference” -Serenity Prayer

What show have you binge watched recently?
I just started Game of Thrones two weeks ago. I am very behind, but I decided to try it out.

What actor or actress would play you in a movie written about your life?
Tracee Ellis Ross

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Music for All Intern Spotlight: Sarah Keck

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This is the thirteenth installment of the Intern Spotlight series that will highlight the Music for All interns who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing summer interns, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All.

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What is your hometown? Altamont, MO

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?
South Harrison High School in Bethany, MO; graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in May 2017

What is your major/degree?
Music Education

What is your musical background? This could be instruments you play and involvement in musical activities such as choir, DCI, theatre, winter guard, etc. 
I grew up in a musical family with my mother as a guard instructor, and father and sister as band directors. Choir and band were a large part of my life during high school. I went on to study instrumental music education in Kansas City with my main instrument being tuba. College gave me an opportunity to play in chamber groups and solo competitions, as well as perform in the wind bands. I loved the variety of teaching experiences I received in the metro area as I worked with musicians ranging from young children to senior citizens learning how to play an instrument for the first time. During the summers, I got to be a member of the SWAG Team at the Music for All Summer Symposium for four years. 

What are you most looking forward to in your internship this spring?
I am looking forward to learning strategies that I can take back and implement in my community to create events that help facilitate more positively life-changing experiences through music education. 

What is an interesting fact about you?
I am learning to speak Italian with my roommate and fellow intern, Tori.

Who are your top three favorite artists? This could be any genre of music.
Sarah Vaughan, Michael Buble, and Ingrid Michaelson

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Music for All Intern Spotlight: Tori Bingham

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This is the twelfth installment of the Intern Spotlight series that will highlight the Music for All interns who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing summer interns, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All.

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What is your hometown? City, State.
Tulsa, Oklahoma 

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?
Bixby High School in Bixby, Oklahoma. University of Arkansas, graduated Spring 2017 

What is your major/degree?
Bachelors in Music Education

What is your musical background? This could be instruments you play and involvement in musical activities such as choir, DCI, theatre, winter guard, etc. 
My main instrument is oboe, and I played in the UofA Wind Ensemble, University Symphony Orchestra, and chamber ensembles. I played flute with the Pride of Bixby, and saxophone in the Razorback Marching Band at the University of Arkansas. Last summer, I got the opportunity to travel to Schladming, Austria and perform with the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project! 

What are you most looking forward to in your internship this spring?
I’m looking forward to growing more with Music for All. Having spent four years as part of the SWAG Team at Summer Symposium, I am excited about learning a new aspect of the organization. This fall, I’m looking forward to working with so many incredible people to provide “positively life-changing experiences” for so many students! 

What is an interesting fact about you?
I hope to be the proud mother of a beautiful, fluffy Pomeranian one-day. 

Who are your top three favorite artists?
Frank Sinatra 
Snarky Puppy 
Beyoncé

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This is the nineteenth installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Name/Job Title: Debbie Laferty Asbill/Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Hometown: I grew up in the Air Force, so no hometown, but I did go to high school and college in Morehead, Kentucky (Rowan County High School and Morehead State University).

How long have you been with Music for All?
Since 1985, started as Promotions Coordinator with Bands of America.

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
All :)

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
I’ve been able to combine the passion of my youth with a career; that, and the great people I get to meet and the friendships both inside the office and outside. 

Do you have a favorite memory of working an event with Music for All?
There are many, but being at the first Bands of America Honor Band experience in the 2005 Tournament of Roses Parade stands out in particular, seeing and hearing the band turn the famous “TV corner.”

What is your musical background?
Played flute in school and drum major in high school, music minor for a short time in college (flag in Morehead State University marching band and ’84 Garfield Cadets). Learning lately to play ukulele. Now, I’m a band mom of an incoming 6th grade bassoon player. I grew up in a musical family: my mom plays piano and sings, my dad played guitar, and both of my brothers are kick-butt guitar players that regularly gig in and around Chicago and beyond.

One thing you couldn’t live without?
Oxygen.

What kind of music do you listen to?
Some of my favorites are Kirtan artists (Nirinjan Kaur, Jai Uttal, Ben Leinbach, Sean Johnson, and the Wild Lotus Band), Bach, Stravinsky, John Adams, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Yoga, hike, meditate, boulder (mostly inside lately), reading.

What are you currently reading?
Just finished “The Push: A Climber's Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits” by Tommy Caldwell and just started “The Other Shore” by Thich Nhat Hanh.

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
I binged watched Game of Thrones recently again to catch new things before Season 7; now watching The Americans on Amazon Prime.

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
Meru. I am obsessed with documentaries about big wall/big Alpine climbing.

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Music for All Staff Spotlight: Kim Mann

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This is the eighteenth installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Name/Job Title:  Kim Mann, Program Coordinator for the National Choir Festival

Hometown: I grew up in a little town called Bluffton, Indiana, but now I call Cincinnati home.

How long have you been with Music for All?
My choral “side-kick” Lori Lobsiger, and I started talking with Music for All while producing the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati, and have been actively working to incorporate CHOIR into the Music for All family of student musicians for the last two years.

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
The premiere National Choir Festival, March 15-17, 2018!!!! This is when we truly become Music for ALL!!!

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
Working with my mentor, Henry Leck, artistic director for the National Choir Festival, and choral conductors & singers across the nation in hopes thst they too can enjoy “positively life-changing” experiences through Music for All, just like instrumentalists have for so many years.

Do you have a favorite memory of working an event with Music for All?
While presenting at Leadership Weekend during Summer Symposium, it was thrilling to lead all the participants in singing while they performed movement they had just learned from Vincent Thomas.

What is your musical background?
I started by singing Goldfinger on the fireplace hearth and tap dancing with Mary Lynn Lautzenheiser, fell in love with singing when elementary music teacher, Miss Sellers, taught us Little Red Caboose, The Muffin Man, and Valderie, Valdera, and was deeply inspired by my Norwell High School choral director, David Jordan. I received my undergrad and masters of choral music education from Indiana University, where I was introduced to opera by Joseph Myers, and have continued to teach pre-schoolers through adults ever since.

One thing you couldn’t live without?
CHOCOLATE! I mean MUSIC! Nope….CHOCOLATE!

What kind of music do you listen to?
My car radio is set on Mo-Town, I listen to every choral post on social media, clean the house with Broadway, and chill out with jazz. I’m listening to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons right now.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Water the flowers, dig in the dirt, create something…in the kitchen, in the garage, at the studio.

What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading Devil’s Bargain by Joshua Green, re-reading Orwell’s 1984, and will continue to reference Make Your Bed by Admiral Wm. McRaven, probably forever.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“It’s not what happens that matters, it’s how you handle whatever happens!”

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
“Julie’s Greenroom!” It’s terrific…meant for kids, but I was mesmerized and watched the entire series on a Sunday afternoon. Great lessons presented by the Jim Henson Company and the legendary Julie Andrews with amazing weekly guest artists.

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
If you’re lucky, you’ve seen Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz as many times as I have. “It’s show time, folks!”

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This is the eleventh installment of the Intern Spotlight series that will highlight the Music for All interns who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing summer interns, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All.

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What is your hometown? City, State.
Carmel, IN

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?
I went to Carmel High School before going to Hanover College, where I graduated this past May.

What is your major/degree?
I majored in International Studies with various minors including Philosophy, Theology, Sociology, and Anthropology.

What is your musical background? This could be instruments you play and involvement in musical activities such as choir, DCI, theatre, winter guard, etc.
I participated in the band and marching band program for all four years as a percussionist.

What are you most looking forward to in your internship this spring?
I chose the advancement department because I believe it is the backbone of every nonprofit. If there is no money coming in, then there is no organization. I would like to learn as much as I can about how this department runs before switching to another department in order to have a full appreciation of where the funds are coming from.

What is an interesting fact about you?
I have been to five of the seven continents, most of which I was traveling to volunteer or lead service groups on construction projects.

Who are your top three favorite artists? This could be any genre of music.
Dave Matthews Band
The Beatles
Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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This is the seventeenth installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Name/Job Title: Maddie Fitzgerald, Participant Relations Coordinator

Hometown: Lenexa, KS

How long have you been with Music for All?
On August 1, I will have been with Music for All for a full year!

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
The Bands of America Championships during the fall are definitely my favorite events. It’s challenging to be on the road during those nine weeks, but I’ve loved the opportunity to see some new places in the country and meet some great people.

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
Music defined my educational experience from 5th grade until I graduated from college. Although it is different to not be playing my horn every day, Music for All still keeps me connected to the musical community now that I am not actively playing in school.  

Do you have a favorite memory of working an event with Music for All?
One of my favorite memories is from the first BOA Regional I ever attended in McAllen, TX. It was probably 1 a.m. and we had finally finished loading our truck and moving out of the stadium. The Music for All team went to Whataburger when we were finished. (Which was great, by the way. I’m a fan now.) There is nothing specific about the memory that makes it my favorite, but everyone was exhausted, sweaty, and slap-happy while we sat in this Whataburger and laughed about the craziness of the day. It was a great bonding experience with my coworkers.

What is your musical background?
Like many kids, I started playing in band in 5th grade and started studying privately shortly thereafter. During high school, I was regularly participating in concert band, marching band, pit orchestra, solo and ensemble, honor ensembles, and the Youth Symphony of Kansas City. In college, I had a concentration in music that kept me playing daily. I also joined Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity and was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society during my senior year.

One thing you couldn’t live without?
Diet Mountain Dew. I’m not kidding.

What kind of music do you listen to?
It definitely depends on the setting, but I listen to a lot of Top 40 radio in my car. Some of my favorite artists and bands are Bastille, Sara Bareilles, Walk the Moon, Jukebox the Ghost, and Taylor Swift.

What do you like to do in your free time?
In the past year I have taken up indoor rock climbing, which is so much fun. I also love reading and knitting.

What are you currently reading?
A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin (book #4 in the Game of Thrones series)

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
I’m really ashamed to say this, but I’ve been binging on Dance Moms recently. I completely recognize that this is not quality television, and I could be spending my time finishing the Game of Thrones books so that I can watch that instead. But sometimes I just need my semi-reality TV. I also thoroughly enjoy Parks and Recreation, The Office, The Bachelor(ette), and So You Think You Can Dance.

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