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.

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