February 2019 MFE News

Join MFE and LCSWMA for the 2019 Keys for the City Kickoff Event!


Please join us as we celebrate a “Decade O’ Keys”. The 2019 Keys for the City season marks our 10th of Lancaster being the “Street Piano Capital of the World. We’ve got some BIG announcements and unveilings to make! You won’t want to miss this one!


Thursday February 28th at 5:30 – 7:30pm

The Pressroom Restaurant (26 W. King St. Lancaster)


Cash Bar, Signature Drink, Appetizers and the Aaron Trasatt Quartet.

Interested in becoming a sponsor of Keys for the City? Click HERE


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Keys for the City 2019 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.

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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 $100,000 in grants. Grant applications must be submitted by February 8, 2019 to be considered for an award. For more information and guidelines visit the grants section of our website.

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MFE and the Lititz Fire and Ice Festival

We’re very excited to announce that MFE will be teaming up with Per Diem, TFB Catering, and Gravie at this year’s Lititz Fire & Ice Festival. Join us on February 16th at Warwick High School as several organizations will be serving up some of the best chili around (FYI: The Per Diem chili is going to rock the house and has our vote out of the gate!). Want to join us for the fun and sample some amazing chili? Get your badge here: http://lititzfireandice.com/

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MFE Scholars

We are pleased to announce our 2019 Spring “MFE Scholars”, Dylan Natiello, Evelyn Kampmeyer, Drew Peris, and Tyler Turpen. All four 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 or Columbia School District school under the direction of a music teacher developing a music education curriculum. Three additional MFE Scholars will be chosen later this spring to work in a school during the fall of 2019.

Additionally, MFE is thrilled to announce two additional MFE Scholars, Lissie Fish and Jacob Raffens. Jacob is our Music Business Technology in the schools scholar. In exchange for his $2,000 scholarship he will be working with several schools in the School District of Lancaster to record their ensembles. In exchange for her scholarship, Lissie will be working with the Lancaster Boys and Girls Club to teach and develop a recording curriculum.

Congratulations to all of our scholars! MFE is proud to invest in those who want to cultivate the power of music!

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MFE Announces the Seventh Annual “Lancaster Festival of Voices”

The Music For Everyone 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 MFE is partnering with Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster PA, Tellus360, and the Thomas and Georgina Russo Family Foundation, to bring the FOV to Lancaster. Check out the schedule below and mark your calendars now.

For more information on the 2019 Festival of Voices visit www.lancasterfestivalofvoices.com

The schedule for the festival is as follows:

Friday March 22, 2019
6:15 PM
Concert at Trinity Lutheran Church (31 S Duke St. Lancaster, PA 17602)
Free and open to the public

The School District of Lancaster Combined Elementary Choir
Lancaster Country Day School Choral Ensemble
Solanco High School Elite Singers
The Jp Mccaskey High School Gospel Choir
MFE Community Chorus

Saturday March 23, 2019
3:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Community Choral Workshops Trinity Lutheran (31 S Duke St. Lancaster, PA 17602)
Free and open to the public

Details to be released shortly

Saturday March 23, 2019
7:00 PM
Concert at Trinity Lutheran Church (31 S Duke St. Lancaster, PA 17602)

Free and open to the public

The Testostertones
Chromatic Expansion
Vocal Harmonix
Anything But Quiet
The MFE Community Chorus

Sunday March 24, 2019
3:00 – 5:00 PM
The Big Community Sing at Tellus360 (24 E King St. Lancaster, PA 17602)
Free and open to the public

The Lancaster Festival of Voices invites you to the BIG Community Sing at Tellus360. Please join us as we gather to sing for the sheer joy of singing. We’ll provide the words, the guidance, and the venue. You just grab a pint and sing along!

We would also like to thank the generous sponsors of the 2019 Lancaster Festival of Voices:

The Thomas & Georgina T Russo Family Foundation & Tellus360

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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

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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 LA Academia and be held on February 7th.

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.

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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.

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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!

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