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!

 

June News

June 2015 Eblast

 

Keys For The City 2015 Pianos Are on the Streets!

We’re rolling into summer so that means the Keys for the City pianos are back in downtown Lancaster. This year we are featuring 14 pianos! So, get your groove on and come down to tickle a few ivories and experience, first hand, why Lancaster, PA is the “Street Piano Capital of the World”!

Head to our website KeysfortheCity.com or to MusicForEveryone.net 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.

In addition, MFE is thrilled to announce the second year that the pianos will be hitting the streets of Lititz, PA! Thanks to a partnership with Venture Lititz, we have been able to continue “Keys For Lititz”.

 

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

 

Lead Sponsors:

 

MFE Community Piano Sponsors:

 

In-Kind Sponsors:

 

MFE Continues to Add “Street Spots” to Music Friday

MFE has been partnering with LOOP and Series 42 to “expand” the amount of music in downtown Lancaster during Music Fridays. Between the 15 “street spots” with busking musicians, the 14 Keys for the City Pianos, and our renewed efforts to encourage bars, restaurants, and galleries to sponsor music, beyond the “Mothership Stage” in Binns park, there will be almost 40 music acts spread throughout downtown. This will further enhance Music Friday and represent another “brick in the wall” in our efforts to assist Lancaster in its development as an “arts destination”.

 

Year Four of “MFE in the Schools” – Increasing our impact!

With the close of the school year upon us, we are happy to announce another successful year for “MFE in the Schools”. This program is designed to address the “mentoring/instructional gap” in school music programs. In short, you can provide each child in a class of 40 with brand new instruments, but if there is only one instructor/mentor, for the group, those instruments will never unleash their full educational potential. For the past four years, Mike Jamanis Jr.  and an assortment of high school and college student volunteers have worked in eight SDOL schools, alongside existing music educators providing both group and ensemble instruction. We’ve also been able to underwrite three part-time instructors (Ryan Kaufman [Reeds], Gentry Stoltzfus [Brass], and Angela Lansinger [Strings]). Collectively the “music mentors” worked with over 300 students per week for the entire school year. MFE in the Schools has also provided several public performance opportunities for the children and also arranged for and underwrote several in school music performances by various ensembles. Most notably, several of Millersville University Music Department ensembles performed in SDOL Schools. We are looking forward to expanding this program for the 2015 – 2016 school year.

 

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

Go ahead and mark it down… IN INK! This year will be one of a kind as Mikey Junior returns to the barn stage on the Gerdy Farm. Mikey Junior burst onto the blues scene a decade ago and since that time has amassed an impressive catalog of music and praise from both music fans and industry insiders. If you have been to one of these barn bashes, you know what we’re talkin’ ‘bout. If not, we assure you that it’ll be in your best interest to be there. Formal invitations will be mailed shortly. If you have questions, contact John Gerdy.

And remember, “There ain’t no party like an MFE BARN PARTY!”

 

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 $9,00 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, while allowing your business to benefit from a tax credit! If you would like to know more please contact Brendan at MFElancaster@gmail.com.

 

Millersville University Summer Music Camps!

Don’t miss out! The Millersville University Music Department is once again offering the WORLD PERCUSSION CAMP this summer at MU.

The camp will take place June 24-27 as part of the MU Summer Music Camp program open to students age 13-18. Participants will learn traditional drumming, singing, and dance from West Africa, Brasil, and the Caribbean! Students will also learn latin jazz styles and combine for sessions with our jazz camp. Topics such as background on musical and cultural context, rhythmic concepts and performance practice will also be included throughout the three day camp.

For general information,  including costs and commuter/ overnight options,  visit the camp website: http://musummermusiccamps.weebly.com/

A little about the WORLD PERCUSSION Camp:
http://musummermusiccamps.weebly.com/world-percussion.html

REGISTER HERE:
http://musummermusiccamps.weebly.com/registration.html
For more information: email musiccamp@millersville.edu or call 717-871-4669 if you have specific questions.

 

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. IV. Panamama is our featured artist of the month, with their tune, “Black Magic and the Full Exposa”. Download and enjoy!

 

Until next time Lancaster, play on!

 

 

 

 

May News

May 2015 Eblast               MFE Celebrates Awarding Over $85,000 in Grants!! On Friday May 1st, in Binns Park, MFE will celebrate the awarding of $85,535 in grants to Lancaster County schools and community arts groups. Representatives of the schools and arts organizations will be on hand to accept their “BIG Checks” and...

April News

April 2015 Newsletter The “C-Note”: A New Way To Support Keys For The City! Always wanted to do your part to support one of Lancaster’s most unique, fun, and fonky public arts projects, but couldn’t afford $3,000 to sponsor a piano or $500 to help sponsor the MFE Community Piano? NOW IS YOUR CHANCE to be part of....

March News

March is Music in our Schools Month! An important part of what MFE does is to advocate for the importance of music in our schools. This advocacy role has become increasingly important in this difficult economic environment of decreased educational funding. This, despite the substantial and growing evidence of....

February News

MFE Grants Deadline is Approaching! Need some money to enhance your school or community based music program? This year we hope to invest over $80,000 in grants. Grant applications must be submitted by February 15th 2015 to be considered for an award. For more information and guidelines visit the grants section of our website. MFE Scholars We are pleased to announce our 2015 Spring “MFE Scholars”....

January News

January 2015 E-Blast

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 2014-2015 grant cycle. This year we are planning on investing over $80,000 into the community through grants. Grant applications must be submitted by February 15, 2015, to be considered for an award. For more information and guidelines visit the grants section of our website by clicking (HERE).

MFE is Thrilled to Announce The Singer Songwriter Showcase/Contest!
Beginning January 21st 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:
January 21 — Mike P Ryan
February 25 — Mindy Nolt
March 18 — Robert Bobby
April 15 — Jessica Smucker
May 20 — Olds Sleeper
June 17 — Jean Synodinos
July 15 — Corty Byron
August 19 — Dave Lefever
September 16 — Steve Chambers

October 14 — Sing-off
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 are currently 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.
We would also like to announce some changes to our “Music Mentor” Lineup! Shortly we will be adding two new mentors, Angela Lansinger and Gentry Stoltzfus. They will be taking the place of Kate Umble as she is moving on to other musical adventures. Kate, it has been an absolute pleasure to have you with the “MFE in the Schools” program, and we wish you the best and much success in the future. While we will miss Kate we are thrilled to have two new and eager music mentors in Angela and Gentry.
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!

And in the meantime, play on Lancaster!

December News!

December 4th, A Full day of fundraising for MFE!
Be sure to join MFE on December 4th as we will be raising funds to support the Festival of Voices! It all starts at Rachel’s Café & Creperie. There a portion of the entire day’s sales will be donated to support the Festival of Voices. So, Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner, be sure to swing in and grab a crepe to support MFE’s Festival of Voices. Also, later that evening, the Mysterious Willie Marble and the Xperience will be rocking the house at Tellus360 with their unique swampadelic fonky blues. Rumor has it that even the world famous Marblettes will take the stage with Mr. Marble, all to raise funds for this year’s Festival of Voices. The Tellus360 doors open at 7pm and the cover is a suggested donation of $10 and a minimum donation of $5. So grab some of the tastiest food in town, and then head over to Telus360 for a rockin’ good time!

Shop MFE!
The holidays are fast approaching and what better way to shop than with MFE. Give a gift that is both awesome looking and helps cultivate the power of music. There are two ways to “Shop MFE”. You can visit Building Character (342 N. Queen St.) and check out our new store! There you can find the latest MFE gear in a comfortable unique environment. Prefer to shop online? You can skip the crowds and have the latest MFE gear shipped to your front door! The online store is also a great way to send MFE gear as a gift! Choose sizes and colors and send them directly to a family member or friend, knowing that you are supporting music programs in our schools and community! To check it all out visit the new online MFE Store!
Also, you can feel good about your purchase through MFE. 100% of the proceeds go back to MFE to strengthen music programs in our schools and community.

MFE and “The Extraordinary Give”!
We would like to thank everyone who donated to MFE through the November 21st “Extraordinary Give” sponsored by the Lancaster County Community Foundation fund. While the totals are not yet final MFE was able to net over $14,000 as a result of your generosity. This translates into more grants to improve music programs in Lancaster County schools and community organizations.

Mike Lockhart Receives the MFE Award
We are proud to announce that MFE has awarded its fifth annual “MFE Award” to Mike Lockhart. The MFE Award honors individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary efforts to cultivate and celebrate the power of music in Lancaster County. Mike Lockhart has been a very strong supporter of MFE since day one. Congratulations Mike, and thank you for helping us to cultivate the power of music as an educational and community building tool.

MFE Community Chorus Holiday Sing-A-Long
On Friday December 19th, at 7pm, The MFE Community Chorus, accompanied by Dan Stauffer and the Holiday Brass Quartet, will perform their holiday sing-a-long concert in the Marriiot Penn Square Lobby in downtown Lancaster. So come on down and join the chorus in song and random merriment! For more information on the Community Chorus visit their website HERE.

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 2014-2015 grant cycle. This year we hope to award $80,000 in grants. For more information and guidelines visit the Grants section of our website.

MFE is Thrilled to Announce a New Monthly Songwriting Workshop Hosted at Tellus360!
Beginning January 21st MFE will host a singer-songwriter workshop on the third Wednesday of every month at Tellus360. This workshop is a great opportunity for musician to bring some fresh material in front of objective ears and professional songwriters. This workshop 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 21 — Mike P Ryan
February 18 — TBD
March 18 — Robert Bobby
April 15 — Jessica Smucker
May 20 — Olds Sleeper
June 17 — Jean Synodinos
July 15 — Corty Byron
August 19 — Dave Lefever
September 16 — Steve Chambers

October 14 — 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 I. This month’s guest artist for download is the notorious Slimfit, with their song, “Never Learn”.
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 third year and Music For Everyone is thrilled to be a participating non-profit!
On November 21st, the Lancaster County Community Foundation is sponsoring a one-day, online giving event in which MFE will be one of the recipients. On November 21st, 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 $250,000 stretch pool 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, this day of giving is not to be missed.
This year for the extraordinary give, MFE will once again be teaming up with several other non-profits to throw one of the hottest parties of the year, generously hosted be Tellus360. That’s right, “The great Giving Gig” is returning Lancaster! If you went last year you know what a great time this event is. If you missed out… don’t miss it this year because it is going to be even bigger and better than last year! Live music, live art, Social media lounges, rooftop shenanigans, and the amazing Tellus360 crew, November 21st is going to be amazing!
MFE is also teaming up with Benchmark Construction to promote giving on the 21st with a party at benchmark headquarters (4121 Oregon Pike, Brownstown, PA 17508). This extraordinary event will take place from 5-8pm. There will be food, beverages, and live performances. This is slated to be a great event as well. If interested please email MFE with questions, or to RSVP.

MFE Fundraiser at Tellus360
Join MFE on Tuesday November 18th at Tellus360 as our intern Aaron Roddin hosts a benefit for MFE. This night is sure to be music and fun filled, and to support Music For Everyone. The event will run from 6:00-9:00 PM with a suggested donation of $8 for entry.
At the event there is also an opportunity to support Music For Everyone… AND… have a song written about you! That’s right, for a donation of $100 one of the bands performing at Tellus360 will write a song about any topic of your choosing and perform it that night! So get your donations and requests in now, there are limited spots (6), and song suggestions need to be in by Nov. 11th. If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer at the event please EMAIL MFE.

The MFE Community Chorus Has a NEW Album!!
That is right! The incredibly talented MFE Community Chorus has just released an album on bandcamp. The recording was mixed by Ben Roth, and the MFE Chorus was joined by the Lancaster tour de force Portal Percussion. It sounds great, and if you haven’t already, you need to check it out!!
You can visit the Bandcamp page HERE.

Aaron’s Books to Raise Funds for MFE on November 14th “Lititz Gives Back” Second Friday
We are pleased to announce that Music For Everyone will be included in this year’s “Lititz Gives Back”! During Second Friday in Lititz, November 14th, businesses will donate a percentage of their sales from that evening to a non-profit. Aaron’s Books in Lititz has generously chosen MFE as their non-profit. Also on that night Aaron’s Books will feature children’s author and musician Mary Amato! So get on out to Aaron’s Books on November 14th for “Lititz Gives Back”!

MFE Receives Grant From PA Council on the Arts!
We are thrilled to announce that MFE recently received a grant of $866 for our “MFE in the Schools” program for the second year in a row! MFE in the Schools is designed to address the “mentoring/instructional gap” in our schools by underwriting professional musicians to work alongside teachers and directly with students, providing individual and group instruction to students. The receipt of this grant is significant in that it is another piece of evidence that MFE is making a difference in our community as the PA Council on the Arts vets potential grantees very thoroughly. We look forward to building on this budding relationship in the future.

MFE and MU Music Department to Combine Forces for Expanded 2015 Lancaster Festival of Voices
It is with great excitement that we can announce details of a partnership with Millersville University’s Music Department to greatly expand the third annual Lancaster Festival of Voices. For the past two years, FOV has been a one evening choral festival. Beginning in 2015, MFE and MU have combined forces to expand the festival into a weekend long festival with four distinct events at three different venues. Here is the schedule:

Friday March 21, 2015 – MU Choral Ensembles
Women’s Glee and Chromatic Expansion
Winter Center, MU Campus
7:30 PM
Tickets $10

Saturday March 21 – TBD
Fulton Elementary School – 225 W. Orange St. Lancaster
Performances by: James Buchanan and Burrowes Elementary Student choruses, “A Capella” from Abraham Lincoln Middle School, Solanco HS Chorale, Michael Popovsky Studio and the MFE Community Chorus
2:00 PM
FREE

Saturday March 21 – Choral Gems of Germany, Vienna and Venice
MU UChoir and Chorale
Winter Center, MU Campus
7:30 PM
Tickets $10

Sunday March 22 – MFE Chorus and Friends featuring The Persuasions.
The Persuasions have long been acknowledged as “The Kings of A Capella”. Born on the street corners of Brooklyn in 1962, they have performed the world over and have been inducted into the Doo Wap Hall of Fame.
Ware Center – 42 N. Prince St.
3:00 PM
Tickets – $15

Tickets available at the MU Student Memorial Center, The Ware Center or one hour prior to each show (both venues)
By phone: 717-871-7600
Online: artsmu.com
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 featuring Jessica Smucker and her song “The Way Down”. Download and dig it while you can! It’s available at Music For Everyone’s Website and it’s FREE!! Check it out.
Until next time Lancaster…. Play on and practice random acts of music, y’all sound great!

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