How Can I Support music Programs in Schools?

How Can I Support Music Programs in Schools?

We’ve enjoyed celebrating Music In Our Schools Month, this March. The month may be coming to an end, but Music in our schools does not become any less important throughout the other 11 months of the year. If you’re like me, you care about music and you want children to be given the opportunity to learn to play musical instruments. However, at times it is difficult to know how you can make a difference, and make sure children in our community are being given musical opportunities. Here is a list of ways you can show your support for local music programs.

 

“You can attend school board meetings to let board members know that music in the schools is important.”

By doing this, you go straight to the heads of your local schools, to let them know that you care about music programs. If enough people show up at school board meetings and fight for this, they cannot be ignored. You can find information on the Lancaster school system and board meetings, here:

Below are links to all 16 school district governing boards containing contact information for your district.

 

 

“You can write editorials or letters to the editor of the local newspaper about the importance of music.”LancasterNews

If you write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, you can let the community at large know that you think music education is important. The more people who realize how music education is often a neglected aspect of young students‘ education, the better. By writing editorials in your local newspaper, you can let the community know, and spur others into action. You can submit a letter to editor of the Lancaster Newspaper this link: http://lancasteronline.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/

 

“You can do something to support a school music teacher. Maybe give a gift or at least tell them how much you appreciate all that they do.”

 

If you know any school music teachers, let them know how much you support them. If you have a child who is in a school music program, give their music teacher a gift, a
note, or even a kind word. In some schools, music educators feel alone in the fight for more music programs and funding. While Math or English teachers can feel secure in the knowledge that their program will always be considered essential, music teachers are often taken for granted. Let them know you support their work, and let them know what you are doing to support music programs in their school.

 

“You can write a check to an organization that promotes music or supports music education.” 

 Nonprofit organizations such as Music For Everyone work to support music programs by donating instruments and funds directly to the music programs of local schools. You can support Music For Everyone by donating directly to us, or by attending one of our events, such as this weekend’s Festival of Voices, which you can find more information on here: http://musicforeveryone.net/event/the-2016-festival-of-voices/.

 

“You can attend a music performance at a school.”

 Many Lancaster schools will be having spring concerts in April and May. You can find the information for several upcoming Lancaster School District concerts here:
http://www.lancaster.k12.pa.us/
. The McCaskey Gospel Choir Spring Concert will be held at the JP McCaskey Auditorium on April 16 at 6:00 p.m. This Friday, the Pequea Valley High School Choir and the Susquehanna Waldorf School will both be performing at MFE’s Festival of Voices.

 

 

Another way you can make your voice heard is by contacting your representatives at the state and federal levels.

You can find a list of all the Lancaster County State Representatives here: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/county_list.cfm?CNTYLIST=LANCASTER

Contact Senator Bob Casey here: https://www.casey.senate.gov/contact/

Contact Senator Pat Toomey here: https://www.toomey.senate.gov/?p=contact

Contact your Federal Representatives here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/PA

 

 

 

There are many different ways you can advocate for music programs. Pick one or two, or click on one of the links we’ve provided, and go from there. Another simple way you can support music programs in our local schools is by letting your friends and family know what you are doing, and why you are doing it. Word of mouth is a great way to spread the word and raise support. Find a friend to accompany you to a local school’s spring concert or board meeting. Together, we can raise so much more support than any of us can alone.

Getting to know the MFE Scholars

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Continuing Music For Everyone’s tradition of providing music to all in Lancaster county each year MFE provides seven, $2,000 scholarships to Millersville University Music Education majors. In exchange for that scholarship the recipients volunteer at a school supported by MFE. Featured below are two MFE scholars, Andrew Swartz and Cecilia. Currently the two scholars are assisting in teaching recorder and other instruments before school at Buchanan Elementary.

 

 

Andrew Swartz’s music journey started when his parent’s had him take piano lessons as a young child. His father was one of his biggest influences in music. Being a pianist himself, he wanted Andrew to learn how to play. This parental encouragement caused the young Suzuki method child to begin a strong work ethic that has transferred well into his music education major. Now Andrew is also proficient in trombone, saxophone, and his main focus is percussion.

With his roots of strong family influence, Andrew sees music as a “community thing”. He sees that more people can do music, whether it be playing or enjoying. Andrew also loves the “feels” of music. There is a value in experiencing a piece with a group of people through the process of learning, performing,DSC_0026 and enjoying a piece.

What Andrew loves about music is that in that communal learning process there is a direct reflection of the time a musician puts into their craft and how they perform. It is easy to see the progression overtime in the development as a musician continues to work and improve. But his music education major comes at a price. Music ed majors have a packed schedule. Between rehearsals and practicing there is not really much time for anything else. Music is a seven days a week major. While Andrew does not always agree with teaching methods used, as a student he cannot correct his mentors. Another difficulty is always staying healthy. Like an athlete, musicians have to stay in shape and try to avoid carpal tunnel (particularly as a percussionist), hearing loss, headache, and general fatigue. Andrew also mentions that it is important to make time for yourself to keep a good mental attitude.

With all these things in mind Andrew continues on because he wants to get better and be a good player. He also recognizes that if he teaches high school there is a very real possibility he may come across a student who is better than him and he wants to be able to teach that student the best that he can. Also once a musician starts teaching there is not much time to practice so right now, Andrew has the time to become the best he can.

Andrew became a music education major because he wants to teach music, but he also knows music can take you anywhere. As a personal charge he sees himself as responsible for educating students and believes he owes it to them to give kids the opportunity to see what music can do for an individual as a person. Upon graduation, Andrew wants to teach elementary students because he wants to get kids hooked on music when they are young.

 

Cecilia Cooper is a cheerful woman with a clear passion for music, especially music education. Cecilia, a Reading Pennsylvania native, comes from a long line of music educators and teachers and she “couldn’t imagine doing anything else”. Similar to her fellow MFE Scholar she began with piano lessons at a young age, but like many young children she never practiced. Now she plays violin and her concentration is voice.

Being an MFE scholar and music education major Cecilia loves to teach her students all that she has learned at Millersville the last two years. As a freshman, she realized DSC_0022how much she did not know about music and loves giving other kids the head start she did not have. She also just loves teaching. While it was scary to be in the classroom for the first time, she loves seeing the impact music education has on her students.

Cecilia also recognizes the difficulties in being a music major. She says that you can never practice enough. With homework you can complete it and be done, but when you do not do as well your mind goes to “I should have practiced more”. This creates the notion of “I should be practicing right now”. Cecilia is learning that it is ok to sometimes not be practicing. She also says that vocal health is especially important for her, and sometimes trying to stay healthy is a struggle. Like all college students she is concerned about her future and her future career.

Through all the struggles Cecilia loves to see her own improvement. She also wants her students to look up to her as a teacher and a musician. All the practicing will pay off in the credibility she will gain as an educator and a musician. Cecilia chose music education because her friends hated music class and she wants to be the music teacher kids deserve. She loves kids, particularly little kids, and wants to be an elementary music teacher. Cecilia’s main desire is to make music a good experience for her students.

2016 Festival of Voices!

Choral music originated in the 2nd century BC in ancient Greece, where the chorus was an important part of the theater. Choral music fizzled out for a while, but around 500 AD, Benedictine and Gregorian monks began to sing in unison, in what was called “plainchant.” In order to vary the plainchant, which could become monotonous, composers began to write more interesting melodies above the plainchants, in effect creating polyphony (several different parts harmonizing with each other). Soon, these harmonies became more complex as composers were given more freedom. When composers wanted to create higher melodies, female voices were added to the mix.

Traditionally, choral music became a form of worship, most often heard in churches. As we’ll see at Festival of Voices, there are many different types of choral music. The performers who will appear at the festival represent diverse groups. One of the groups will be the MFE Community Chorus, which provides a place for people of any age,2016 Postcard Front or skill level to join in a community of voices. There will be representation from local schools and universities as well. Millersville University’s Chromatic Expansion, the Lancaster Bible College Chorus, the Susquehanna Waldorf School, and the Pequea Valley High School Chorale will all be performing. Another exciting group that will be performing is The Cat’s Pajamas, an a cappella group of five men who have been featured on America’s Got Talent and The Sing-Off.

Why choral music? A 2009 study by Chorus Impact showed that choral music has a positive impact on childhood development and on a student’s academics. It also teaches valuable life skills. Choral singing brings people together, giving them a valuable sense of community and an outlet for artistic expression. When I was in high school, I was hesitant to join my school’s choral group, but I finally did, at the request of several friends. I had always enjoyed singing, but being in front of people made me nervous. Joining the chorus helped me to build relationships; it also helped me to grow more confident. By the end of my senior year, I was singing duets and even solos with a confidence I could not have found anywhere else.

The Festival of Voices will provide a supportive venue for diverse groups of singers, and will even end in a special edition of Acapellus360. Anyone can enter as long as they prepare 2 songs and bring at least 3 friends to help them sing. These songs must be performed a cappella, with no instrumental backing. Winners will receive a prize pack of goodies form Tellus360.

 

Learn more about this year’s 2016 Festival of Voices. This year is our biggest festival to date. We will have several performances at multiple venues, with free choral workshops, a film series, and an entire weekend of celebrating the power of the human voice!

Lancaster Festival of Voices Welcomes Orfeia, The Balkan Women’s Choir

Music for Everyone is gearing up and warming up for a wonderful weekend of music April 1-3 with Festival of Voices. For our fourth year we will be celebrating choral music through various concerts, workshops, and a movie showing. Many of our acts are local such as the Red Rose City Chorus and Mennonite Children’s choir of Lancaster; but this year we are pleased to have Orfeia, a unique group from Maryland/ Washington DC area. They will be performing in a free concert Friday April 1 at Trinity Lutheran Church on Duke Street in Lancaster.10329987_791017087588670_6002098353514573825_o

Orfeia is a woman’s ensemble whose main focus is preserving the music of Bulgaria and Eastern Europe. Seeking to uphold a longstanding musical tradition from Eastern Europe, Russia, Bulgaria, and the Balkans Orfeia choses a music with different backgrounds. Due to the different styles and types of music we may be treated to some lovely unique harmonies, village songs, custom songs, children’s songs and much more. They also often perform in traditional dress to keep with the audience in the spirit of being in Eastern Europe.

The group began in 2006 and was founded by the famous Bulgarian singer Tatiana Sarbinska. Tatiana is a Bulkan born composer, educator, and director. Music was a large part of her life growing up, and eventually becaming very well known. She sang for many well-known groups throughout Europe and upon moving to the United State she has led many choirs, sharing her culture with us.

Due to many of Tatiana’s connections Orfeia is also a well-traveled group, having a history of performing in Bulgaria at galas, festivals and even appearing on Bulgarian radio shows and late night television. A colorful group with a wonderful history will be a pleasure to have at this year’s Festival of Voices.

 

To learn more about Orfeia you can visit their website at https://orfeia.wordpress.com/ or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Orfeia-276421249048259/

 

To get more updates on Festival of Voices and even some song samples of the performers follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lancasterfestivalofvoices/

 

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10 Years of Music For Everyone!

This year, Music For Everyone is celebrating its 10th anniversary! Since 2006. MFE has provided grants to local school districts and community centers, held musical events throughout Lancaster, and helped to strengthen the role that music plays in our schools and throughout our communities.

Over the past ten years, providing music grants to local school districts and community arts programs has been the primary focus of MFE, providing over 2,700 instruments to school children in the Lancaster area. In 2016, MFE plans to invest over $90,000 in instrument grants.

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One of the most high profile programs MFE has fostered over the last ten years is “Keys for theCity.” Since 2010, local artists and designers have decorated pianos which are then placed in different locations around Lancaster city. The goal of Keys for the City has been to provide access to music, foster creativity and build community. 11187270_10153823747039972_555675299549273941_oMost Lancaster locals can recall a time when they either sat at one of these pianos and played a few chords, or a time when they stood with a crowd of strangers listening to a talented pianist play a few songs on one of the street pianos.

MFE also strives to support local musicians. One such program is the singer-songwriter series at local venue Tellus360. DSC_0190 croppedMFE also brings The Willie Marble Xperience to Tellus360. This blues band rocks out to generate money for a different non-profit organization each month. Other ways MFE has brought musical talent to the city are the MFE Community Chorus and a community ukulele orchestra called Ukulele Uprising. These are just some of the things MFE has accomplished in its first ten years, and the success of these programs is why we celebrate!

The year-long anniversary celebration began January 28 with our 10-Year Anniversary Kick Off Event at The Pressroom Restaurant in downtown Lancaster. Friends and supporters of Music For Everyone filled the front section of The Pressroom, enjoying live piano music and delicious hors d’oeuvres. The Pressroom’s talented mixologists whipped up a signature MFE cocktail, as well. A portion of the cost of each Ivory Punch was donated to MFE, and it was not difficult to convince any of the guests to buy one or two.

At the kick off celebration, Music For Everyone presented a sparkly gold violin to the head of the Lancaster School District. The beautiful piece of art was created by local artist Loryn Spangler-Jones. The violin represented

DSC_0019$1 million worth of community investments in Lancaster County schools and community arts groups to enhance their music programs. The MFE 10-Year Anniversary Piano was also on display at the event. Tree branches of paint trail and bloom across the piano, and guests were able to add thumbprints of paint, representing leaves. The piano will be present at other MFE events throughout the year, and at each event, more thumbprint leaves will be added.

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We plan to keep the 10-year anniversary celebration going throughout 2016. In addition to MFE’s regular events such as Festival of Voices and Music Fridays, the MFE Un-Gala will be held on September 24. The accomplishments of the past ten years are exciting and worth celebrating; the Un-Gala will be the culmination of a year of celebratory events.

 

– Carrie Wagler

MFE’s Singer Songwriter Showcase Returns!

On January 20th, a cold and blustery Wednesday evening, I find myself sitting in the darkened Temple at Tellus360. Sitting on my comfy couch I watch the other patrons file in, paying the $5 cover charge, drinks in hand, eager to enjoy an evening of music by local musicians: Saint Narcissus with Jack Roberts opening.DSC_0024

Jack is an older man, who saunters up on to the stage with only a guitar. I don’t know what to expect but he plays multiple toe tapping songs. It is obvious he is a storyteller who uses his art to share wisdom. Jack has even created his own religion: He believes that we add to the expansion of the universe every time we create. How fitting, that a room full of art appreciators hear this sermon. Some highlights of the set are “A Simple Man with a Simple Plan” and “I’m going tenting with Jesus”.

After a warm opening Saint Narcissus (or Keith Wilson to his friends and family) comes on stage with two guitars and a banjo. He is middle aged, and he has his wife and children with him, which is heart warming. It is also clear that he has had an interesting life; he shares some of his early songs that he wrote in college,speaks of being on tour in Europe with a band, almost completely swearing off music, and how he writes songs for his wife for Christmas. The varying types of instrumentation allow to show a lifetime’s variety of music, which keeps the audience guessing. Wholistically, he used darker tones, comparatively to the upbeat opener, and has very honest lyrics. I enjoyed listening to a wise man’s musings of life.DSC_0031

The best part about this evening is that it is a part of a series of Singer Songwriter nights hosted by Music for Everyone and Tellus 360. Every third Wednesday from now until September there will be artists performing at the Temple at Tellus360 at 7:30. The 4 performers who bring in the largest crowd get to participate in a sing off in October which will benefit MFE. The next Singer Songwriter night  will be  on February 17 and will feature Peter Kinsley. I’m looking forward to another night of good music and good friends.

 

-Kait Rhoades

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!

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