October News

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

LG Health Cancer Patient Support Fund

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

 

The MFE Singer Songwriter Showcase Finals Are Here!

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

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

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

MFE Scholars

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

 

 

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

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

 

Music For Everyone is now on Instagram!

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

 

Keys for the City 2015 Ends its Highly Successful Run.

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

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

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

Lead Sponsors:

MFE Community Piano Sponsors:

 

In-Kind Sponsors:

 

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

 

 

Ukulele Uprising

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

 

Monthly Music Download

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

 

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

September News

September 2015 E-Blast!

 

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

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

 

Keys for the City 2015 Draws to a close.

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

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

Lead Sponsors:

MFE Community Piano Sponsors:

 

In-Kind Sponsors:

 

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

 

 

 

The MFE Singer Songwriter Showcase Continues!

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

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

October 21 — Sing-off

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

 

September 18th Music Friday!

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

 

Reminder: Ukulele Uprising

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

 

Monthly Music Download

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

 

 

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

August News

August 2015 E-Blast

 

MFE Announces #KeysPics Photo Contest!

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

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

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

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

 

Keyspics2015 sticker

 

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

Welcome Jonathan Shoff, New MFE Community Chorus Artistic Director!

 

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

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

Who is Jonathan you ask?

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

 

Behind the Scenes Music Series Returns!

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

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

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

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

Lancaster, PA “Street Piano Capital of the World”

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

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

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

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

Lead Sponsors:

MFE Community Piano Sponsors:

 

In-Kind Sponsors:

 

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

 

Music Fridays Continue to Grow!

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

 

Round 2 of Camp MFE Starts August 3rd

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

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

 

Reminder: Ukulele Uprising

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

 

Monthly Music Download

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

 

July News

Music For Everyone Approved to receive funds from the EITC!

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

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

American Music Theater to Benefit MFE!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Keys for the City 2015 Pianos Continue to Entertain Downtown

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

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

 

Lead Sponsors:

MFE Community Piano Sponsors:

 

In-Kind Sponsors:

 

#Keyspics Photo Contest Returns!

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

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

To enter:

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

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

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

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

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

 

For questions or clarifications please contact mfelancaster@gmail.com

 

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

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

 

Music Sundays at Lancaster East Side Market in Musser Park

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

 

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

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

 

Reminder: Ukulele Uprising

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

 

Monthly Music Download

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

 

Until next time Lancaster, play on!

 

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