February News



Music For Everyone 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”, Alexandra Pacchione and Mikayla Iati. 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 spring to work in a school during the fall of 2015.
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. Rumor has it that even the mysterious Willie Marble Xperience and the Marble-ettes will bring their fonky swampadelica sound to the party!
And while you’re there, stop by the food trucks and support both Lancaster restaurants and MFE. The trucks will be donating 10% of their sales for the weekend to MFE! Great music, Fantastic local foods, and helping the community?! Don’t miss this event!

MFE Announces the Third 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.

It is with great excitement that we 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. For more information on the 2015 Festival of Voices click here.

The schedule for the event is as follows:
Friday March 20, 2015 – MU Choral Ensembles
Women’s Glee and Chromatic Expansion
Winter Center, MU Campus
7:30 PM
Tickets $10
Saturday March 21 –
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
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

Want to help Amazon donate money to MFE?

We are pleased to announce that MFE is now part of AmazonSmile. 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 AmazonSmile 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 AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

So how do you get started?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, 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 AmazonSmile 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 2015 Piano Sponsorship Opportunities
Interested in a great way to advertise your business whil 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 717-871-1710 or email him at Johngerdy@aol.com.

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:

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!

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, in honor of the Roots & Blues Festival, 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!!