February News

February 2016 Eblast

 

MFE Grants Deadline is Approaching!

Need some money to enhance your school or community based music program? This year we hope to invest at least $90,000 in grants. Grant applications must be submitted by February 15, 2016 to be considered for an award. For more information and guidelines visit the grants section of our website.

10 Years of MFE!

Our yearlong celebration of a decade of MFE has begun! Our kickoff party on January 28th was a HUGE success and thank you to all of the people who made it happen. The Pressroom Restaurant was hoppin’ and it was a fonky good time. Be sure to mark your calendars NOW for two key events Saturday May 7th (The Warehouse Wandering) and Saturday September 24th (The MFE Un-Gala). You do not want to miss these events!

Also, at ALL of our celebrations you can pick up the newest MFE Gear with our brand new 10 years of MFE Logo. Don’t miss your chance to get your hands on this one of a kind gear.

MFE Scholars

We are pleased to announce our 2016 Spring “MFE Scholars”, Andrew Schwartz and Cecilia Cooper. Both are Millersville University Music Education majors, who aspire to become music teachers.  In exchange for their $2,000 scholarships, they will work in a SDOL school under the direction of a music teacher developing a music education curriculum. Two additional MFE Scholars will be chosen later this spring to work in a school during the fall of 2016.

Additionally, MFE is thrilled to announce another MFE Scholar, Jackie Hynes. Jackie is our first Music Business Technology scholar. In exchange for her $2,000 scholarship she will be working with several schools in the School District of Lancaster to record their ensembles.

Congratulations to all of our scholars! MFE is proud to invest in those who want to cultivate the power of music!

2015 Roots and Blues Festival!

This two day festival features over 50 artists from across the country and beyond playing Blues, Jazz, Folk and Bluegrass, Rock and Reggae, Polka, Soul, and much more. 10 stages at 8 different venues, all within walking distance of each other and all for one low price per night or even cheaper for both nights. By far the best concert value of the year. You can check out the schedule and ticket options at the Roots & Blues Website.

And while you’re there, stop by the merchandise table to support MFE. The R & B Festival will be donating 10% of their merchandise sales for the weekend to MFE. Great music, fantastic local foods, and helping the community, don’t miss this event!

 

MFE Announces the Fourth Annual “Lancaster Festival of Voices”

 

The Lancaster Festival of Voices is an annual celebration of the vocal arts in Lancaster, PA. Lancaster is enjoying a renaissance as it emerges as a destination for artists of all genres. This renaissance has benefited the city both culturally and economically. The Lancaster Festival of Voices provides a supportive venue for singers of all ages, thus creating awareness of the voice as an instrument and bringing yet another genre of music to this musically thriving community.

This year the FOV is partnering with Tellus360, Zoetropolis, and Millersville University to create the biggest festival we have put on to date. Check out the schedule below and mark you calendars now.

 

For more information on the 2015 Festival of Voices click here.

 

The schedule for the event is as follows:

Friday April 1, 2015

FREE Concert at Trinity Lutheran (31 South Duke St. Lancaster, PA 17602)
Featuring:

The MFE Community Chorus

Orfeia

Millersville University’s Chromatic Expansion

Deutscher Harmonie Maennerchor

Pequea Valley High school Chorale

Mennonite Children’s Choir of Lancaster

Susquehanna Waldorf School
6:30 PM
Saturday April 2, 2016

FREE Community Choral Workshops at Tellus360
Specific details TBA
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
FREE

 

Saturday April 2, 2016

The Festival of Voices Film Series at Zoetropolis
4:30 PM
A suggested donation of $5+

 

Sunday March 22 – The Cat’s Pajamas at Tellus360

The Cat’s Pajamas are five men who create all the sounds of a band using only their voices. The group was originally founded in 2005 by Brian Skinner, whose passion and drive for performing and music production is the heartbeat of the Cat’s Pajamas. In addition to touring internationally, the group has also been featured on hit tv shows such as: America’s got Talent, The next Great American Band, and most recently NBC’s hit show The Sing Off. The FOV is thrilled to have this group headlining the festival this year, and we assure you that this is a show you do not want to miss.

 

Also performing will be:

MU’s Chromatic Expansion

The Red Rose City Chorus

Lancaster Bible College Choir

Tickets are $10 and the show starts at 4:00PM

 

After the Cat’s Pajamas stick around for a special Edition of Acapellus360!

In the ancient tradition of having a pint and singing your lungs off at a bar, Tellus360 presents this truly original musical event.

Here’s how it works: You organize a team of 3 or more of the finest singers you can assemble and prepare two songs for competition.

Here’s the catch: your songs must be performed without any instrumental backing; just you, your voices and a crowd of people just waiting to start singing along!

Don’t be fooled by the communal fun of singing with your fellow patrons, this is a full-fledged battle of the voices with a team of crack celebrity judges waiting to send you back to your seat…or into the next round of competition! The ultimate survivor will receive a champion’s prize pack of Tellus related goodies!

 

Your Chance To Support the FOV and Get a Great Meal out of the deal!

MFE is partnering with Chipotle restaurant to raise some dough for this year’s Festival of Voices. Funds are raised by the total amount of food sold for the evening! So join us at Chipotle on February 23rd in the Park city Mall from 5:30-9:00 PM. Bring you friends, neighbors, and family and share a meal on behalf of MFE!

Want to help Amazon donate money to MFE?

 

We are pleased to announce that MFE is now part of Amazon Smile. This means by simply shopping on Amazon, they will donate a portion of that sale to MFE! You do not pay anything extra as Amazon puts up the money for the donation. It is that easy! All you have to do is sign up, and shop…

 

To shop at Amazon Smile simply go to http://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-2997260 from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to Amazon Smile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at Amazon Smile.

 

So how do you get started?

 

On your first visit to Amazon Smile, you must select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on Amazon Smile will result in a donation.

 

That’s right; if you purchase an item Amazon will donate a portion of that purchase to Music For Everyone. This means you are helping MFE while purchasing items you would purchase regardless! Sign up today and have Amazon donate to Music for Everyone! http://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-2997260

 

Keys for the City 2016 Piano Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in a great way to advertise your business while supporting one of Lancaster’s most popular, fun and fonky public music and art exhibits? Then you should consider sponsoring an MFE Keys for the City Piano this summer! All proceeds from Keys are applied to the annual MFE grant program, which provides instruments and program support for school and community music programs in our county. For details call John Gerdy at 717-475-5659 or email him at Johngerdy@aol.com.

The MFE Singer Songwriter Showcase Continues!

MFE is Thrilled to Announce the Return of the Singer Songwriter Showcase Hosted at Tellus360!

Continuing on February 17th, MFE will host a singer-songwriter night on the third Wednesday of every month at Tellus360. This showcase is a great opportunity for musicians to bring some fresh material in front of objective ears and professional songwriters. While the showcase is a great way for musicians to hone their songwriting skills, it is also a yearlong competition. The four artists who bring in the largest audiences will have the opportunity to perform at the October showcase, which is also a benefit for MFE! So break out those axes, dust off the songwriting pad, tune up, and get on down to Tellus360 for the MFE Singer-Songwriter nights!

The Schedule for the Singer Songwriter Nights:
February 17 — Peter Kinsley
March 16 — Reenie Hall
April 20 — Hannah Bingman
May 18 — Steve Ward
June 15 — Butch Zito
July 20 — Justin Angelo
August 17 — Julia Jordan-Kamanda
September 21 — Melissa Leo

October 19 — Sing-off

You don’t have to be a musician to attend the singer-songwriter nights just a music lover. Come support local music at its roots and have a great time while doing so!

 

Reminders: MFE Ukulele Uprising!

Come Join the MFE Ukulele Uprising on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm at the Vision Corps Building at 244 N. Queen St. All are welcome to this community building initiative.

 

MFE Monthly Music Download

 

February’s Monthly Music download is none other than the Willie Marble Xperience! Track Number 1 off their latest album – Songs in the Key of Marble – “Too tall to Mambo” is the name of the tune and it’s a great one! Enjoy!

 

And in the meantime Lancaster, Play on! Y’all sound GREAT!!

January News

2016 January Eblast

 

A Decade of MFE!

That is right! Music For Everyone is officially 10 years old. Not only are we turning 10, but we have also hit our $1,000,000 mark in investment in Lancaster County music programs.  We will be celebrating throughout the year with many special events, all highlighting our various programs, the first of which is on January 28th at the Pressroom restaurant. This 10 year kickoff party will be one way for us to say thank you for your support over the years. We will also be unveiling our brand new 10 year MFE Logo that evening!

The event will run from 5:30 – 7:30PM. Drop by for a drink to help us mark this milestone. For questions or details you can visit our website or email MFE.

 

MFE Now Accepting Grant Requests!

Need some money to enhance your school or community based music program? Starting this month, MFE will begin accepting applications for our 2015-2016 grant cycle. This year we are planning on investing over $90,000 into the community through grants. Grant applications must be submitted by February 15, 2016, to be considered for an award. For more information and guidelines visit the grants section of our website by clicking (HERE).

 

Refugee Benefit Concert Series

On January 17th, MFE is teaming up with Church World Service and Tellus360 for a concert to raise awareness and show solidarity with refugees who have moved into our community. This concert is free and open to the public as a community building effort between all of the organizations that are involved, as well as a way to bring our community closer with the refugee population.

The event starts at 5:00 PM and will feature Corty Byron and a whole host of other Lancaster Musicians. So come and be a part of a great community building event, we look forward to seeing you there.

 

MFE is Thrilled to Announce the Return of the Singer Songwriter Showcase Hosted at Tellus360!

Beginning January 20th, MFE will host a singer-songwriter night on the third Wednesday of every month at Tellus360. This showcase is a great opportunity for musician to bring some fresh material in front of objective ears and professional songwriters. While the showcase is a great way for musicians to hone their songwriting skills, it is also a yearlong competition. The four artists who bring in the largest audiences will have the opportunity to perform at the October showcase, which is also a benefit for MFE! So break out those axes, dust off the songwriting pad, tune up, and get on down to Tellus360 for the MFE Singer-Songwriter nights!

The Schedule for the Singer Songwriter Nights:

January 20 — Saint Narcissus
February 17 — Peter Kinsley
March 16 — Reenie Hall
April 20 — Hannah Bingman
May 18 — Steve Ward
June 15 — Butch Zito
July 20 — Justin Angelo
August 17 — Julia Jordan-Kamanda
September 21 — Melissa Leo

October 19 — Sing-off

You don’t have to be a musician to attend the singer-songwriter nights just a music lover. Come support local music at its roots and have a great time while doing so!

 

“MFE in the Schools” Update.

“MFE in the Schools” is still going strong! Our Music Mentors work with almost 300 kids per week in 8 different schools to strengthen music programs in SDOL. The program continues to be successful and is directly cultivating the power of music as an educational tool.

MFE would like to thank Thomas & Georgina Russo Family Foundation for the support as the lead sponsor of the program.

 

Reminder: MFE Ukulele Uprising!

Come join the MFE Ukulele Uprising on Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm at the VisionCorps building (244 N. Queen St.) All are welcome to this community building initiative.

 

MFE Download of the Month!

Sometimes you have to go into the MFE Music Vault to add a fonky, fun, good time to the monthly music download. For that, we are reaching back to MFE compilation Vol. III for a tune titled “Wanderer” by Ghosthouse. Head to www.musicforeveryone.net now to download this great tune FOR FREE!

December News

MFE and the Extraordinary Give

We would like to thank everyone who donated to MFE through the November 20th Extraordinary Give sponsored by the Lancaster County Community Foundation. While the totals are not yet final, Music For Everyone was able to net over $21,000 as a result of your generosity. This translates into more grants to improve music programs in Lancaster County schools and community organizations.

 

MFE and the Willie Marble Xperience Tellus360 Concert Series

Music For Everyone has joined forces with the mysteriously swampadelic Willie Marble Xperience and Tellus360 in a concert series to benefit Lancaster non-profit organizations. This month’s concert will benefit the year’s Festival of Voices and be held on December 17th.

Doors will open at 7:00pm and the show will begin at 8:00pm. The event is for ages 21+ and admission is by donation.

 

Joe Devoy Receives the MFE Award

We are proud to announce that MFE has awarded our 6th annual “MFE Award” to Joe Devoy. The MFE Award honors individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary efforts to cultivate and celebrate the power of music in Lancaster County. Joe Devoy has been a strong supporter of Music For Everyone and the music community in general. Congratulations Joe, and thank you for helping us to cultivate the power of music as an educational and community building tool in our community!

 

MFE Community Chorus to Perform at the Water Street Mission

Join the MFE Community Chorus on Saturday December 12th beginning at 7:00PM. This community building concert is free and open to the public and will feature world music as well as holiday favorites. All are welcome to join us in celebrating the magic of music, the love of community, and the joy of the holidays. The Water Street Mission is located at 210 S. Prince St. in Lancaster City. For more information please visit the Facebook Event Page

 

MFE Grants Are Available

Need some money to enhance your school or community based music program? Starting this month, MFE will begin accepting applications for our 2015-2016 grant cycle. This year we hope to award $90,000 in grants. For more information and guidelines visit the Grants section of our website.

 

MFE Participating in “Gifts That Give Hope” Fundraiser.

As the Holidays are fast approaching why not consider an alternative form of gift giving this year? MFE is participating in Gifts That Give Hope, which is an alternative gift fair occurring on December 12th. Purchasing alternative gifts is an opportunity to give back and MAKE A DIFFERENCE to the larger community and honor your friends and loved ones at the same time. Instead of purchasing traditional gifts, participants purchase meaningful donations to local and global non-profits while improving the lives of others who are not on anyone’s gift list! So join us on December 12th from 10am-4pm at the Farm and Home Center 1383 Arcadia Rd Lancaster PA 17601. This is a great chance for you to give a child the gift of music while knocking out your holiday shopping!

 

MFE is Thrilled to Announce the Return of the Singer Songwriter Showcase Hosted at Tellus360!

Beginning January 20th MFE will host a singer-songwriter night on the third Wednesday of every month at Tellus360. This showcase is a great opportunity for musician to bring some fresh material in front of objective ears and professional songwriters. This showcase is a great way for musicians to hone their songwriting skills, but it is also a yearlong competition! The four artists that bring in the largest audiences will have the opportunity to perform at the October showcase, which is also a benefit for MFE! So break out those axes, dust off the songwriting pad, tune up, and get on down to Tellus360 for the MFE Singer-Songwriter nights!

The Schedule for the Singer Songwriter Nights:

January 20 — Saint Narcissus
February 17 — Peter Kinsley
March 16 — Reenie Hall
April 20 — Hannah Bingman
May 18 — Steve Ward
June 15 — Butch Zito
July 20 — Justin Angelo
August 17 — Julia Jordan-Kamanda
September 21 — Melissa Leo

October 19 — Sing-off

You don’t have to be a musician to attend the singer-songwriter nights just a music lover. Come support local music at its roots and have a great time while doing so!

 

Reminders: MFE’s Ukulele Uprising

Join the MFE Ukulele Uprising on Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm at the Vision Corps building (244 N. Queen St.) All are welcomed to this community building initiative. For more information please contact Steve Patterson at: JSP1213@gmail.com.

Monthly Download

This month we are digging way back into the vault to MFE Compilation Volume II. This month’s guest artist for download is the notorious Vinegar Creek Constituency, with their song, “Girl from the River Hills”.

You can download this gem for FREE at the MFE Website! It’s only a click away, and while you are there check out some of the new additions to the site.

As always Lancaster, carry on and practice random acts of music! Y’all sound great!

November News

 

The Extraordinary give is returning to Lancaster for its fourth year, and Music For Everyone is thrilled to be a participating Non-Profit!

On November 20th, the Lancaster County Community Foundation is sponsoring a one-day, online giving event in which MFE will be one of the beneficiaries. On November 20th, be sure to visit MFE’s ExtraGive Page and donate! Every donation that is made is eligible to win MFE extra prize money from a stretch pool of at least $300,000 that LCCF has committed to the event! This means that your donation could very quickly go from $100 to $1100, with the extra $1000 coming from the prize pool. So give early, and give often.

We are also proud to announce that MFE will once again be partnering with several other non-profits to throw one of the hottest parties of the year, generously hosted by Tellus360. That’s right, “The Great Giving Gig” is returning to Lancaster! If you went last year, you know what a great time this event is. If you missed out last year, don’t miss it this year because it is going to be even bigger and better. More live music, art, photobooths, social media lounges, all round shenanigans, and of course, the wonderful Tellus360 crew. November 20th is going to be AMAZING!

Making the November 20th ExtraGive even more amazing is our partnership with Benchmark Construction and several other nonprofits at their event downtown in the Ware Center. This extraordinary event   will take place from 5:00pm-8:00pm in the Ware Center. There will be food, beverages, miniature horses, and live performances, including a 5:00PM performance by the MFE Student Strings. This event free and open to the public

So on November 20th be sure to stop downtown and check out all of the events surrounding the Extraordinary Give, and while doing so, please consider a donation to Music For Everyone. Thank you.

 

Music For Everyone Receives a $25,000 Grant from the Thomas A. and Georgina T. Russo Family Foundation!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that MFE has received $25,000 from the Thomas A. and Georgina T. Russo Family Foundation. These funds will further strengthen the “MFE in the Schools” initiative, as well as bolster choral programs in Lancaster County. MFE is truly thankful for the Russo’s generous gift, allowing our organization to further cultivate the power of music in Lancaster County!

 

Keys For The City Art

Want to have your very own piece of MFE’s Keys for the City and help raise money for MFE at the same time? Thanks to the generous support of Fred Roger and the Red Raven Art Gallery, now you can.

Fred has painted a Keys for the City “street scene” (pictured below). This painting will be hung at Red Raven Art Gallery and will be available for purchase through a silent auction process from Friday November 6th through December 4th.

Stop by Red Raven (138 N. Prince St.), Email (red_raven@verizon.net), or call (717-299-4400) to place your bid. In doing so, you will be helping MFE to continue to cultivate the power of music as an educational and community building tool in Lancaster County.

 

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Fred Rodger

“Play me, I’m Yours”

Acrylic

24 x 18

minimum reserve bid,  $300

Value,  $1000

 

MFE and the Willie Marble Xperience Tellus360 Concert Series

Music For Everyone has joined forces with the mysteriously swampadelic Willie Marble Xperience and Tellus360 in a concert series to benefit Lancaster non-profit organizations. This month’s concert will benefit Lancaster New Sounds and be held on November 12th.

Doors will open at 7:00pm and the show will begin at 8:00pm. The event is for ages 21+ and admission is by donation.

 

MFE Participating in “Gifts That Give Hope” Alternative Gifts Fair.

As the Holidays are fast approaching why not consider an alternative form of gift giving this year? MFE is participating in Gifts That Give Hope, which is an alternative gift fair occurring on December 12th. Purchasing Alternative gifts is an opportunity to give back and MAKE A DIFFERENCE to the larger community and honor your friends and loved ones at the same time. Instead of purchasing traditional gifts, participants purchase meaningful donations to local and global non-profits while improving the lives of others who are not on anyone’s gift list! So join us on December 12th from 10am-4pm at the Farm and Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd Lancaster PA 17601). This is a great chance for you to give a child the gift of music while knocking out your holiday shopping!

 

…And The Winner Is… “MFE Presents: The Showcase” Final Round Results:

Beginning in January 2015 MFE hosted a singer-songwriter showcase/contest on the third Wednesday of every month at Tellus360. Each month a singer songwriter was showcased. The four artists who generated the largest audience during their show had the opportunity to perform at the October showcase finale, which was also a benefit for MFE. The four artists who made it to the final round were Jean Synodinos, Steve Chambers, Mindy Nolt, and The Robert Bobby duo. We had a record turnout for the event, with almost 200 fans of the Showcase in attendance! We would like to thank all of the supporters who came to enjoy live music over the course of the year, and MFE would like to congratulate Mindy Nolt for being this year’s winner.

Don’t worry, we will be bringing the showcase back next year, so stay tuned as there will be lots of new faces.

 

MFE and Tellus360 are combining forces to continue to expand the Lancaster Festival of Voices 2016!

It is with great excitement that we can announce that this year’s Festival of Voices will return better than ever, and we are teaming up with a new partner! Tellus360 and Acapellus will be joining the mix. We will be releasing an official schedule shortly, but this year’s FOV will include several performances, group singing, and workshops that are free and open to the public! Stay tuned and be sure to mark your calendars for April 1st-3rd, The Lancaster Festival of Voices will be rocking the town!

Ukulele Uprising

Come join the MFE Ukulele Uprising on Tuesday evenings at 7:30PM at the vision Corps building at 244 N. Queen St. All are welcome to this community building initiative.

Monthly Music Download

For this month’s music download we are rocking out to the MFE CD sampler Vol. III. Fire in the Glen is our featured artist of the month, with their tune, “Susquehanna Pirate”. Download and enjoy!

 

In the meantime Lancaster, Sing on! You sound great!

Who is Steve Chambers you ask?

Music For Everyone has a diverse group of individuals involved in its programs, and one of those people is Steve Chambers.DSC_0377
Steve Chambers calls himself a humble, self-employed house painter. He’s also famous in Lancaster as a musician and songwriter, attracting many people to his shows.

He was one of the founding board members of MFE, and was greatly involved in the creation of the Community Chorus and the Lancaster Festival of Voices.

The Community Chorus is a place for people to come to for the pure enjoyment of singing and creating music. You don’t have to be a particularly good singer to participate with the Chorus. All you need is a passion for music and community. It has brought a lot of people together, and has been described as a very valuable organization to the community.

“I’ve always had this idea that people just wanted to sing for the fun of it,” he said. “The chorus serves as a venue for these people.”

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Steve Chambers performing at the MFE Singer Songwriter Showcase with his wife and violinist Robin Chambers and bass player Charlie Burnett

About three or four years into the creation of MFE, Chambers brought his idea into fruition with much success. Having grown up in a musical family and in the very musical era of the 50s and 60s, he believes music to be a very important part of our lives, and thought this would be a great way to share that feeling with the world.

“I know how music affects people,” he said. “Music is a universal language.”

Music is very often called a universal language due to how anyone from any background can listen to any kind of music regardless of where they’re from or what language they speak. You can listen to a song sung in a completely different language, have no understanding of the lyrics, and still enjoy it simply because of its universality. The Community Chorus has proven this, as evidenced by its tremendous growth, with people of all demographics participating.

According to Chambers, it has also affected a lot of people on a personal level, helping them with certain aspects of their lives.

“It’s been a healing process for a lot of people [who] are involved in it,” he said. “It’s a group that people can join and feel like part of something.”

Many have found a church or a home with help from the chorus thanks to its ability to unite the community. It has also been used as a method of dealing with depression and promoting interaction among senior citizens. There are even studies that show that group singing such as this can help treat cancer and lung disease.

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The Community Chorus performing at the Festival of Voices

Chambers also said that the chorus has had an effect on him as well. The organization has helped him meet many people in the community and make a lot of great friends. He claimed that he never realized how big something like this could become.

“I just thought it was a chorus when we started out,” he said. “It showed me the bigger picture of what can be with group singing and the importance and value of singing in groups and with friends.”

Due to the success of the chorus, Music For Everyone, with Steve as the driving force decided to have a choral festival. The Lancaster Festival of Voices, established 
in 2013, brings in local schools and universities to take part in a weekend long event. Chambers says it is at the moment a relatively low key event, but has slowly been growing over the years and encourages people to this year’s Festival of Voices from April 1st – 3rd.

MFE is proud to see their choral program expand so greatly over the years. It is truly amazing what simply getting together and singing can do for a community.

MFE Is Proud to Announce the Fall 2015 “MFE Scholars”

Music For Everyone is proud to announce the “MFE Scholars” awards for the fall semester. Every year, four Millersville University Scholars 2music education majors receive a $2000 scholarship from MFE. In exchange, the students volunteer at an SDOL school, where they work under the direction of a teacher at that school and directly with their students.

For this year’s fall semester, our scholars are Natalie James and Samantha Schlechter, both of whom are very excited to be part of this program. Natalie James comes from East Petersburg and is a


junior music education major at Millersville University. Natalie specializes as a vocalist, and has been singing all her life. “Ever since I could talk, I was singing,” she said. She also noted her love of the choir, always being amazed and wowed by the sounds you can get from a group of singers. She felt it to be a great honor to receive this scholarship, and shares MFE’s goal of improving school music programs.

scholarsSamantha Schlechter is a graduate music education major at Millersville University who lives in Lancaster City. She has numerous instruments under her belt, saying that she’s been involved in pretty much everything, but her instrument of choice is the flute. Ever since the third grade, she has been involved with music, making it a huge part of her life. After teaching music lessons privately for six years, she has returned to school to get a teaching certificate. Just like Natalie, she too says that receiving the scholarship has been an honor and means a lot to her. “Being recognized by teachers and professors really makes me feel like I’m on the right path,” she said.

The two will be involved in various programs and activities, including private lessons with students, teaching an African drum class, and around Christmas, teaching chamber strings. MFE congratulates these two on their success and can’t wait to see what they can accomplish as student teachers. We know that with the enthusiasm they share for teaching, they can help strengthen music education in Lancaster schools and build a stronger community for everyone.

October News

MFE to Participate in Lancaster County Community Foundation’s Fourth Annual Extraordinary Give!

We are thrilled to announce that Music For Everyone will be participating in the fourth annual ExtraGive on November 20th! The ExtraGive 2015 is shaping up to be the biggest year yet, so be sure to mark your calendars for this one day online giving event. On November 20th be sure to visit the ExtraGive Website, choose MFE, and donate. There will be blocks of time throughout the day that each organization can earn an extra $1,000 in prizes when people like you make a donation. This means your donation, of whatever amount, could be increased by $1,000 through the LCCF! All you have to do is donate!

MFE will also be teaming up with several other nonprofits in Lancaster County, for the third year, to throw a rockin’ party to celebrate the Extra Give. Join us for a good time at Tellus360 for “The Great Giving Gig” at one of the coolest spots in town, for music, art, and a day that celebrates giving! We will see you on November 20th.

 

Music For Everyone and The Willie Marble Xperience Care About the Ta-Tas too!

C’mon down to Tellus360 on Thursday Oct. 15 and have a swampadelic good time with the Willie Marble Xperience and the World Famous Marblelettes.

This is a show that is not to be missed, and 100% of the proceeds go to support the LG Cancer Patient Support Fund.

This benefit has special significance for WMX and the Marblelettes as one of the Marblelettes is a breast cancer survivor who received treatment at LGH and took advantage of the fund the this event will benefit. She is thrilled to have an opportunity to pay it forward for someone else in need.

Please visit out FB page ‘the Willie Marble Xperience’  and ‘like’ us and “share” the event far and wide to help raise some money for in important local Breast Cancer patient support system during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This will be a fun time, all for a great cause, so get there early so you don’t miss out.

Doors open at 7PM. Show begins at 8PM.

Suggested donation: $10.00.  But give what you can … a bit more or a little less… it’s all appreciated!

 

LG Health Cancer Patient Support Fund

This Fund provides a financial safety net for cancer patients and their families so they can focus on healing rather than the financial stress that may result from the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. This Fund ensures that cancer patients undergoing treatment at the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute have access to resources to assist with daily living expenses, uncovered medical expenses, prescriptions, and transportation to treatment appointments.

 

The MFE Singer Songwriter Showcase Finals Are Here!

After nearly a year of our singer songwriter competition, The “Sing-off”  has arrived! On October 21st, AT Tellus360 we will bring back our four finalists for a great evening of music showcasing their songwriting skills! Our four finalists are:

Jean Synodinos – Steve Chambers – Robert Bobby – and Mindy Nolt

We will be turning to the crowd to decide the winner of the competition, so be sure to show up to cast your vote! Admission is a suggested donation of $5 and the show starts at 7:00pm. We will see you there!

MFE Scholars

We are pleased to announce our 2015 Fall “MFE Scholars”, Natalie James and Samantha Schlechter. Both are Millersville University Music Education majors, who aspire to become music teachers.  In exchange for their $2,000 scholarships, they will work in a SDOL school under the direction of a music teacher. Two additional MFE Scholars will be chosen later this winter to work in a school during the spring of 2016.

 

 

MFE in the schools Returns and Expands, Bigger than ever!!

As the school year shifts into full gear, “MFE in the Schools” begins its fourth year as a successful community based program. This program is designed to address the “mentoring/instructional gap” in music programs by placing seasoned professional musicians in the schools to work alongside teachers and directly with students to provide lessons as well as small and large group ensemble mentorship. Michael Jamanis Jr. (strings), Ryan Kauffman (woodwinds), Gentry Stoltzfus (Brass) and Angela Lansinger (Strings) and their team of volunteers will work directly with more then 300 students per week!

 

Music For Everyone is now on Instagram!

Over the course of the year we have snapped a ton of great photos. Our programs, street scenes, collaborations, events… etc. can now be checked out on our new Instagram page! Follow us and keep in touch, and if you haven’t yet be sure to like Music for Everyone on Facebook!

 

Keys for the City 2015 Ends its Highly Successful Run.

As cold weather approaches and the pianos have left the city, it is much quieter in Lancaster. This year’s Keys for the City program was a huge success creating lasting memories and generating a buzz throughout the city. Lancaster also solidified another year of being the “Street Piano Capital of the World”! Missing the Keys? Be sure to visit our Facebook Page and the Keys Website to recap this year’s community exhibit. Fear not! Depending on our ability to secure the necessary sponsorship support, we hope to bring Keys for the City back in 2016.

Still need to get that Keys for the City fix? Now through January you can visit the Park City shopping center and check out “Quaver” the interactive multiplayer piano! This piano designed by the brilliant minds at MajorMega, is a fusion of technology, art, and a whole lot of fun. Visit the Quaver website to learn more!

Music for Everyone would like to thank all of the sponsors who made the Keys for the City 2015 possible and for further solidifying Lancaster’s status as the “Street Piano Capital of the World”

Lead Sponsors:

MFE Community Piano Sponsors:

 

In-Kind Sponsors:

 

Additionally we would like to thank the Artists who generously donated their time and talent to create some amazing looking pianos:

 

 

Ukulele Uprising

Come join the MFE Ukulele Uprising on Tuesday evenings at the Vision Corps Building at 244 N. Queen St. All are welcome to this MFE community building initiative.

 

Monthly Music Download

For this month’s music download we are throwin it back to MFE CD Sampler Vol. I and featuring Dave Hurd with HighFalootin’ performing “Home in the Country”. Download and dig it while you can! It’s available at Music for Everyone’s Website and it’s FREE! Check it out!

 

As always we appreciate your interest in, and support of, Music For Everyone. In the meantime, play on Lancaster, you sound great!

September News

September 2015 E-Blast!

 

September 19th, MFE Fall Barn Bast Featuring the Return of Mikey Jr!

It is not too late to get your tickets! This year the one and only Mikey Jr. will be returning to the Barn Stage on the Gerdy farm. If you have been to one of these, you know what we’re talkin’ ‘bout! If not we assure you it’ll be in your best interest to be there.  If you have questions, contact John Gerdy: JohnGerdy@aol.com. And remember “There ain’t no party like a barn party”.

 

Keys for the City 2015 Draws to a close.

As Fall is fast approaching, time is running out for your chance to practice random acts of music with the “Keys for the City” pianos. This exhibit will only be available until the last week of September, so get out there and tickle some ivories! We also love videos and pictures of our community members using the pianos so if you have any and would like to share them. Please email them to us HERE, or upload them to our Facebook page.

We’d like to thank the following lead sponsors for making Keys 2015 a reality, and for further solidifying Lancaster’s status as the “Street Piano Capital of the World”:

Lead Sponsors:

MFE Community Piano Sponsors:

 

In-Kind Sponsors:

 

Additionally we would like to thank the Artists who generously donated their time and talent to create some amazing looking pianos:

 

 

 

The MFE Singer Songwriter Showcase Continues!

MFE will host a singer-songwriter showcase/contest on the third Wednesday of every month at Tellus360. Each month a singer songwriter will be showcased. The four artists who bring in the largest audience during their show will have the opportunity to perform at the October showcase finale, which is also a benefit for MFE! So get on down to Tellus360 and support your favorite local songwriter for the MFE Singer-Songwriter nights!

The Schedule for the Singer Songwriter Nights:
September 16 — Steve Chambers

October 21 — Sing-off

Come support local music at its roots and have a great time while doing so!

 

September 18th Music Friday!

Be sure not to miss the September Music Friday! This one is going to be HUGE.  In addition to the 20+ street spots sprinkled throughout the city and bagpipers roaming the street, the Millersville University Percussion Studio will be snaking their way through the city with a community percussion parade. Anyone can join the fun! So get on out there on September 18th Lancaster, you don’t want to miss this Music Friday!

 

Reminder: Ukulele Uprising

Come join the MFE Ukulele Uprising on Tuesday evenings at the Vision Corps building at 244 N. Queen St. All are welcome to this community building initiative.

 

Monthly Music Download

For this month’s music download we are rocking out to the MFE CD sampler Vol. III. Mark Derose is our featured artist of the month, with his tune, “4 and 5”. Download and enjoy!

 

 

In the meantime, play on Lancaster, you sound GREAT!

August News

August 2015 E-Blast

 

MFE Announces #KeysPics Photo Contest!

Have you ever seen or experienced an extremely cool “happening” around our Keys for the City Street Pianos in Downtown Lancaster? Ever wish you could capture that “moment” and help us document the fact that Lancaster is the “Street Piano Capital of the World”? What if you could have your picture published in Fig Magazine and/or receive a CASH prize for it?

Well, now you can with the MFE’s #KeysPics Street Piano Photo Contest.

Regardless of whether you are a professional or amateur photographer, all pics are welcomed.

To enter your picture simply visit one of the Keys for the City pianos and look for the camera icon (like the one below) and scan the QR code. Or, Visit https://www.facebook.com/MFELancaster/app_476903445798909 and follow the contest entry instructions.

 

Keyspics2015 sticker

 

Submission period runs from July 15th to September 4th. You may submit as many pics as you like! Good luck!!

Welcome Jonathan Shoff, New MFE Community Chorus Artistic Director!

 

With a heavy heart we say goodbye to A.J. Walker as the MFE Community Chorus Artistic Director as he pursues further education. His contribution, energy, and creativity will certainly be missed!

While we are sad to say goodbye to AJ, we are absolutely thrilled to welcome our new Artistic Director Jonathan Shoff.

Who is Jonathan you ask?

Jonathan Shoff is thrilled to serve in his new role as Artistic Director of the Music for Everyone Community Chorus. He has enjoyed singing for as long as he can remember, and has been involved with choral groups for over twenty years as a singer, accompanist, or director. He holds a bachelor’s in music education from Millersville University and a master of music from West Chester University, with concentrations in piano and voice. Jonathan teaches elementary school music in the School District of Lancaster. In May of 2014, his students sang the National Anthem at a Barnstormer’s game. He has also served as accompanist for the Mennonite Children’s Choir of Lancaster for six years, as well as founding and directing its Men’s Ensemble. In the summer of 2014, he led the choir’s New York tour, directing performances at missions, churches, and at Westminster Choir College. Locally, Jonathan gives private piano and voice lessons. Besides school concerts, he has been involved with thirty musical theatre productions in the mid-state area. He is also an experienced vocal and instrumental arranger. Jonathan lives in Lancaster with his beautiful wife, three energetic children, and a very friendly dog.

 

Behind the Scenes Music Series Returns!

On August 27th, at Annex 24, local musicians Hiding Scarlet will host a benefit for Music for Everyone.  They will be joined by regionally touring act Mission Zero, as well as local favorites, Navogator. This evening will feature music from all three acts as well as an intimate discussion about being a professional musician and a music educator. In addition, there will be several local artists displaying their works.

Admission is a suggested donation of $5 and includes light fare. Additionally, the event is BYOB with some refreshments provided. The event will run from 6:00PM to 9:30PM and all proceeds will go directly to MFE.

Save the Date – Saturday September 19th for the MFE Fall Barn Bash!!

Go ahead and mark it down in ink! The one and only Mikey Jr. will be rockin’ the Barn Stage on the Gerdy farm. If you have been to one of these, you know what we’re talkin’ ‘bout! If not we assure you it’ll be in your best interest to be there. Formal invitations will be mailed shortly. If you have questions, contact John Gerdy: JohnGerdy@aol.com. And remember “There ain’t no party like a barn party”.

Lancaster, PA “Street Piano Capital of the World”

As you have heard, (literally, Keys for the City pianos are still on the streets in downtown Lancaster. And while you’ve heard those pianos, have you also heard that Lancaster is the “Street Piano Capital of the World”? We can make this claim based on several metrics:

  • Consecutive years for the program: We’ve placed pianos on the streets for six years running, the most consecutive years of any city that we are aware of.
  • Length of program: Our pianos are out for use by the public 24/7 for over four full months. Again, a longer stretch of time than any other city we are aware of.
  • Piano per capita: Lancaster can boast of having one street piano per every 4237 residents (14 pianos for 59,325 people [2013 Census Data])
  • Piano Key per capita: We can also boast of having one piano key per 48.15 residents!

So, get your groove on and come down to tickle a few ivories on any and all of the 14 pianos. Head to the Keys For The City Website or Music for everyone’s Website for more information regarding locations and additional events around the pianos. You can also follow the pianos on the MFE Facebook page where we will be posting poctures and announcing various events and promotions relating to the pianos all summer long.

We’d like to thank the following lead sponsors for making Keys 2015 a reality, and for further solidifying Lancaster’s status as the “Street Piano Capital of the World”:

Lead Sponsors:

MFE Community Piano Sponsors:

 

In-Kind Sponsors:

 

Additionally we would like to thank the Artists who generously donated their time and talent to create some amazing looking pianos:

 

Music Fridays Continue to Grow!

If you haven’t been downtown for a Music Friday recently, you should make it a point to attend the August 21st event. The crowds and “buzz” around Music Fridays continue to grow with over 20 “MFE street spot” acts spread throughout town. This, in addition to the Mothership Stage act in Binns Park: The Men From Tolex, and the 14 Keys For the City Pianos, makes for a truly happening downtown scene. We will see you on August 21st.

 

Round 2 of Camp MFE Starts August 3rd

MFE is gearing up for the second of two summer music camps at The Ware Center in Lancaster City. We are looking forward to another week of music and fun. These two weeks of camp are the result of our efforts to broaden our in-school academic year instruction through our “MFE in the Schools” program. These initiatives are all part of MFE’s efforts to provide children, who otherwise might not have such an opportunity, quality music instruction, and mentorship throughout the entire year.

Be sure to check out our Youtube page for updated videos of performances for this year’s camps.

 

Reminder: Ukulele Uprising

Come join the MFE Ukulele Uprising on Tuesday evenings at the Vision Corps building at 244 N. Queen St. All are welcome to this community building initiative.

 

Monthly Music Download

For this month’s music download we are reaching back into the vaults to MFE CD sampler Vol. I. Lingering Doubts is our featured artist of the month, with their tune, “Unlucky Lucciano”. Download and enjoy!

 

July News

Music For Everyone Approved to receive funds from the EITC!

MFE has a great opportunity for businesses to both contribute funds to MFE and receive a tax credit at the same time. How you ask? Through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit, also known as the EITC!

This credit allows a business to pledge funds to a non-profit educational organization and deduct 75-90% of that contribution as a tax credit. For example, if your business were to pledge $10,000 for two years to MFE, your business could write off $9,000 of that donation! That’s a $10,000 donation that only costs $1,000! Think about how many instruments we could provide to schools in Lancaster County with those funds, all while allowing your business to benefit from a tax credit! If you would like to know more please contact Brendan at MFElancaster@gmail.com.

American Music Theater to Benefit MFE!

Come out to catch INSPIRE at AMT on August 1 at 7:30pm and they will donate $5 from each ticket sold to that performance to Music for Everyone!

AMT is partnering with Music For Everyone to help further our mission and you can help by purchasing tickets to Inspire on August 1st.

About Inspire
Inspire
 celebrates the moving power of music through the universal themes of Hope, Courage, Faith, Love, Freedom, and Joy. Energetic dancing, stunning costumes, magnificent singing, vibrant colors, flawless renditions of your favorite hit songs performed by a live cast and band, and immersive video segments intertwine to create a show that is as beautiful to the eye as it is to the ear.

Experience heart-warming music that inspires the imagination and stirs the soul, as American Music Theatre presents the songs and voices with the power to uplift, enchant, and inspire.

– See more at: http://amtshows.com/inspired-by-giving-performance-benefiting-music-for-everyone/#sthash.4cCKFnPR.dpuf

 

Keys for the City 2015 Pianos Continue to Entertain Downtown

As you have heard (literally), Keys for the City pianos are back in downtown Lancaster. So, get your groove on and come down to tickle a few ivories on any or all of the 14 pianos. You can head to our Keys For The City Website for more information regarding locations and additional events around the pianos. You can also follow the pianos on our Facebook and Instagram pages, where we will be posting pictures and announcing various events and promotions relating to the pianos all summer long.

We’d like to thank the following sponsors for making Keys 2015 a reality:

 

Lead Sponsors:

MFE Community Piano Sponsors:

 

In-Kind Sponsors:

 

#Keyspics Photo Contest Returns!

From July 6th through August 17th, MFE is holding a Keys For The City Photo Contest. Take a picture of any of the keys pianos, preferably being played, with your phone or camera and enter it into the #Keyspics photo contest and you could have a chance to win some cash and other cool prizes.

Three winners will be chosen by a panel made up of MFE Board Members, and one winner will be chosen by having the most likes and shares.

To enter:

  1. TAKE A PIC
    Take a pic at one of the 14 Keys for the City Street Pianos (keysforthecity.com for locations).

    2. UPLOAD PIC
    Look for the camera icon (as the one above) and scan the QR Code.

    3. FILL OUT ENTRY FORM
    Include your information and Pic description.

    4. SUBMIT YOUR PIC
    Click submit button to upload your Pic (by submitting the picture you agree to the terms and conditions detailed below).

    5. SHARE YOUR PIC
    Post, tweet, and tell all your friends! Use hashtags #KeysPics and #MFE.

 

For questions or clarifications please contact mfelancaster@gmail.com

 

July 17 Music Friday to Feature a Whole host of Events!

This upcoming Music Friday is going to be HUGE! With so many events going on there will truly be something for everyone. So get out there and support Music Friday!

 

Music Sundays at Lancaster East Side Market in Musser Park

MFE is thrilled to be partnering with The Lancaster East Side Market in Musser Park. Every fourth Sunday there will be “Music Sunday” with a musical act rocking this wonderful community space. The market pops up every Sunday, not just Music Sunday, so stop by and check it out!

 

Save the Date – Saturday September 20th for the annual MFE Barn Bash!

Go ahead and mark it down in ink! The one and only Mikey Jr. will be rockin’ the Barn Stage on the Gerdy farm. If you have been to one of these, you know what we’re talkin’ ‘bout! If not we assure you it’ll be in your best interest to be there. Formal invitations will be mailed shortly. If you have questions, contact John Gerdy: JohnGerdy@aol.com. And remember “There ain’t no party like a barn party”.

 

Reminder: Ukulele Uprising

Come join the MFE Ukulele Uprising on Tuesday evenings at the Vision Corps building at 244 N. Queen St. All are welcome to this community building initiative.

 

Monthly Music Download

This month’s music download is from the MFE CD sampler Vol. V. Leo DiSanto is our featured artist of the month, with his tune, “One of the Good Ones”. Download and enjoy!

 

Until next time Lancaster, play on!

 

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