May 2018 News

May 2018 News 

 

This Month in Music For Everyone:

 

“Keys For The City 2018” Roll Out.

We’re getting ready to roll out the pianos for another summer of music on the streets of Lancaster. Fifteen pianos will be situated throughout the downtown area by May 18th and will remain there until late September. So get your groove on and come down and tickle a few ivories. Head to MFE’s Website or visit the official “Keys For The City” Website for more information regarding locations and additional events around the pianos.

We’d like to thank the following sponsors for making Keys 2018 a reality:

Presenting Sponsor:

Piano Sponsors:

MFE Community Piano Sponsors:

In-Kind Sponsors:

 

 

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MFE Music Friday Summer Series Kicks off on May 18th

While Lancaster celebrates Music Fridays (the third Friday of the month) year round, it is May through September when we take Music Friday to the streets. Between the main stage acts; to the 15 or so street acts that appear on the street corners and alleyways on N. Queen, N. Prince, and King Streets, to the 15 MFE “Keys For The City” Pianos, to the music acts appearing in the galleries, bars, and restaurants, there will be live music at over 40 venues throughout downtown. So come on down and wander the streets. Music begins at 6:00 PM and there will truly be Music For Everyone. We’d like to thank our Music Friday lead sponsor – First National Bank.

 

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MEDA and MFE are Teaming Up for a World Market Night to Kick Off Music Friday

 

 

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MFE Community Chorus Spring Concert

The Music for Everyone Community Chorus under the direction of Jonathan Shoff will perform a spring concert at Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster entitled ‘Songs of Hope’ on Sunday, May 20 at 3PM. The Chorus will be accompanied by the Unitarian Universalist Rise up Drummers performing songs born out of celebration as well as tribulation. Together they will explore how music can be both a source and an expression of hope in all circumstances. Come out and enjoy this uplifting concert and join The Chorus and Rise up Drummers as they celebrate the spirit of hope and the joy of community.

This concert is sponsored in part by the Walters/Unitarian Universalist Church Trust, an endowment from Arthur and Selma Walters to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster in support of events that affirm the worth and dignity of all humans and that strive to increase the awareness of and respect for our environment

Sunday May 20 at 3PM
Unitarian Universalist Church
538 W Chestnut St
Lancaster PA 17603
717-393-17603

Learn more through the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/461122567672487/

 

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Open Streets Lancaster

Music For Everyone and the Lancaster Recreation Commission are teaming up for Open Streets Lancaster on May 20th from 11am – 3pm. This event temporarily closes Water Street from Farnum Park to James Street to motorized vehicles on a spring Sunday afternoon so that you can use them for healthy and fun activities. Our Lancaster event joins more than 90 Open Streets initiatives in the United States and Canada.

People traffic replaces car traffic – and the streets become ‘paved parks’ where people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds can come out and improve their physical and mental health.

Open Streets Lancaster is different than a block party or street fair. It is part of a broad City effort to encourage physical activity, and help people meet, make social connections, and reimagine the City as a place to walk and bike for transportation.

Music For Everyone will be providing music and will have an information table at the event. There you can pick up brand new MFE gear and make percussion instruments to take part in the community percussion circle led by Earth Rhythms.

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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 or EITC. This credit allows a business to pledge funds to a nonprofit 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, the business could write off $9,000 of that donation. That is 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 the tax credit! If you would like more information, please contact Brendan at MFELancaster@gmail.com.

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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, the Lancaster Ski Club, and Tellus360 in a concert series to benefit Lancaster non-profit organizations. This month’s concert will benefit Special Olympics Lancaster and be held on May 17th.

Doors will be at 7:00pm and the show will begin at 8:00pm. The event is for ages 21+ and admission is by a suggested donation of $10.

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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.  Back to the Top!

Until next time Lancaster, play on!

 

April 2018 News

April 2018 News 

 

This Month in Music For Everyone:

 

The Great Big Piano Party Returns to a NEW Location (Rock Lititz) on April 28th

On April 28th, Music For Everyone will host the “Great Big Piano Party” presented by Benchmark Construction Company, Inc.. The event will celebrate nine years of magical musical street scenes in Lancaster through “Keys for the City”. Music For Everyone often characterizes itself as “not being your grandmother’s non-profit”, in reference to the grassroots and unique ways the organization operates. The Great Big Piano Party is the embodiment of this mentality, combining stellar entertainment, food, and beverages with the fun and fonky vibe that MFE is so well known for producing. For this year’s event, we are thrilled to announce that we will be teaming up with Rock Lititz‘s Pod 2, to create an unforgettable evening of music, dance, food, and drink.

The Great Big Piano Party will be held at Pod 2 (201 Rock Lititz Blvd.)  from 6:30 – 10:30pm This truly will be a one of a kind experience for our guests and supporters.

Tickets are on sale now! Get yours at: https://gbpp2018.eventbrite.com In true MFE fashion, this event will be so #FUNKY that it is #FONKY!

We would like to thank our generous sponsors for making the Great Big Piano Party possible:

Key Sponsor:

Benchmark Construction Company

Clair Global

Music Sponsors:

Simon Lever

Blakinger Thomas Law firm LLC

Versatek LLC

Staging Sponsors:

Listrak

Murray Insurance

Nimblist

Piano Moving Sponsor:

Lancaster County Motors

 

 

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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 bringing Keys For The City to Lancaster again this summer for a $100 donation. That’s Right! We are looking for sponsors of the MFE “C-Note” piano. For $100 your name will be incorporated into the design of the piano and those funds will be applied to MFE’s annual instrument grant program. If interested please contact John Gerdy.

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MFE’s Sixth Annual Festival Of Voices Choral Festival a Rousing Success!

We are delighted to report that our sixth choral festival was again a huge success! We are also thrilled to report that our partnership with Tellus360, SDOL, and The Thomas A. and Georgina T. Russo Family Foundation and the Unitarian Universalist church of Lancaster Arthur & Selma Walters Trust to greatly expand the sixth annual Lancaster Festival of Voices, was a success as well. This year, MFE combined forces to expand the festival into a weekend-long festival with four distinct events at two different venues. All of these shows were a HUGE success and we look forward to next year’s Festival of Voices. Many thanks to our partners, everyone in attendance, and our generous partners including;

 

Tellus360

The Thomas A. and Georgina

The Arthur & Selma Walters/ Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster Trust

School District of Lancaster

 

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MFE Community Chorus Spring Concert

The Music for Everyone Community Chorus under the direction of Jonathan Shoff will perform a spring concert at Grace Lutheran Church entitled ‘Songs of Hope’. The Chorus will perform songs born out of celebration as well as tribulation, exploring how music can be both a source and an expression of hope in all circumstances. Come out and enjoy this uplifting concert and join The Chorus as they celebrate the spirit of hope and the joy of community. Donations will benefit the music scholarship program at Grace Lutheran Church.

Sunday April 15 at 3PM

Grace Lutheran Church
517 N Queen St
Lancaster PA 17603
717-397-274

Learn more through the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/113652426148715/

 

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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 we’re changing it up a bit. One of our members, Gary Miller, just got out of the hospital after breaking both of his hips. While most of his medical expenses are covered, there are additional services that he can use to help in his recovery. The WMX show will be held on April 26th.

Doors will be at 7:00pm and the show will begin at 8:00pm. The event is for ages 21+ and admission is a suggested donation of $10.

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MEDA and MFE are Teaming Up for a World Market Night to Kick Off Music Friday


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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.  Back to the Top!

March 2018 News

March 2018 News 

This Month in Music For Everyone:

 

 

March 2018 E-Blast

 

Music For Everyone Invests Over $112,000 in instrument grants!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce the awarding of $112,000 in grants to 51 different schools and community organizations. The majority of those grants will be used to purchase instruments. 2018 marks MFE’s the twelfth year of awarding grants. Since 2006, MFE has awarded over $860,000 through this program. We are particularly excited to announce that due to our efforts to “single source” the purchase of instruments, we were able to purchase the value of 112,000 in instruments for a significantly discounted rate. This is a great example of how we becoming more efficient, effective, and strategic with every dollar that we receive.  Stay tuned as we will be holding a HUGE grant give out event in the near future.  Back to the Top!

Keys for the City to Return for its 9th Season With a Special, Fonky, Fun Twist 

 

Keys for the City is Music For Everyone’s signature community building initiative. From mid-May through the end of September, between 12 and 15 fully designed and painted pianos will be placed throughout downtown Lancaster available for anyone to play 24/7. The objective of Keys is to provide access to music opportunities, foster creativity and build a sense of community and in the process, raise awareness and resources for local music education programs. The revenue raised through Keys is applied to MFE’s annual grant program to purchase instruments for schools and community arts groups.

Keys for the City is presented by: 

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Want to Help Make Keys 2018 and our Keys for the City campaign a Success? Please consider becoming a sponsor. There are sponsorship opportunities available in price ranging from a piano sponsorship ($3,000), to a community piano sponsorship, to a C-Note Sponsorship ($100).  If interested, please contact John Gerdy.

And in the meantime, say it loud and say it proud: Lancaster, PA is the Street Piano Capital of the World. Spread the word!

 

MFE to Host the Sixth 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 Tellus360, the Thomas and Georgina Russo Family Foundation, and the Walters/Unitarian Universalist Church Trust to bring the FOV to Lancaster. Check out the schedule below and mark your calendars now.

 

For more information on the 2017 Festival of Voices click here.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

Friday March 23, 2018
6:30 PM
Concert at McCaskey East High School (1051 Lehigh Ave. Lancaster, PA 17602)
Free and open to the public

Featuring:

The School District of Lancaster Combined Elementary Chorus
The Linden Hall Musea Chamber Choir
The Ephrata High School Camerata Singers
The Pequea Valley High School Chamber Singers
Millersville University’s Chromatic Expansion

The MFE Lancaster Community Chorus
Saturday March 24, 2018
3:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Community Choral Workshops at McCaskey East High School (1051 Lehigh Ave. Lancaster, PA 17602)
Free and open to the public

Orfeia – Workshop Time: 3:15-4:00

 

Biography

Founded by internationally acclaimed Bulgarian singer, director, and composer Tatiana Sarbinska, Orfeia Vocal Ensemble celebrates the rich and varied folk music traditions of Bulgaria and Eastern Europe.

Orfeia draws its name and inspiration from the ancient Thracian myth of Orpheus, a symbol of musical journeys and storytelling. From the motifs of village life to the sacred and spiritual, from the medieval to modern-day adaptations, the musical traditions and culture of the Balkans come alive for audiences through Orfeia’s unique and exciting repertoire.

Workshop Description

At the workshop, participants can expect to learn 2-3 traditional Bulgarian songs in two-part harmonies, as well as a brief introduction to Bulgarian vocal warm-ups and technique.
Parkside Harmony – Workshop time: 4:15-5:15
Biography

Founded in January of 2015, Parkside Harmony is one of the newest members of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Representing the Hershey, PA Chapter, we are extremely proud and fortunate to join an already thriving arts community here in the ‘Sweetest Place on Earth’ – and welcome passionate singers from all over central Pennsylvania who strive for musical excellence.

One of nearly 1000 choruses that make up an organization which spans the globe, we recognize the importance of fraternity and brotherhood. Our purpose is to do our part to ‘keep the whole world singing.’

Awards

– 2017 Barbershop Harmony Society 5th Place Bronze Medalists
– 2016 Mid-Atlantic District Chorus Champions
– 2016 Barbershop Harmony Society 8th Place International Finalists
– 2015 Mid-Atlantic District 3rd Place Chorus Finalists
– 2015 M-AD Western Division Chorus Champions

 

Workshop Description

Bel Canto for the 21st Century

Any choirs today have a tendency to sing harshly, with poor vocal production or poor choices for the instrument. We at Parkside Harmony refer to that style as Can Belto, however we prefer the gentler bel canto approach. Exploring briefly the three mechanisms of the voice, we will then take workshop participants into the practices of proper choices for the voice and how timbre and phonation choices can increase expressive qualities and dynamic range. Members of Parkside harmony will demonstrate the techniques discussed, and audience members will be able to explore the vocal tools for themselves as well. This is a participatory workshop open to all singers of all levels.

Participants will be able to explore their individual voices using the fundamental and advanced vocal techniques discussed and demonstrated. Much of what is learned can be applied directly to one’s own solo or ensemble singing almost immediately.

 

Saturday March 24, 2018
7:00 PM
The Festival of Voices at McCaskey East High School (1051 Lehigh Ave. Lancaster, PA 17602)
Free and open to the public

 

Featuring:

The Testostertones (The 2017 Acappellus winners)
Chromatic Expansion
Orfeia
Parkside Harmony
The MFE Lancaster Community Chorus

 

Sunday March 25, 2018
3:00 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. Led by Sasha Hsuczyk, this is sure to be a great time. We’ll provide the words, the guidance, and the venue. You just grab a pint and sing along!  Back to the Top!

 

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 music’s positive educational benefit in areas such as reading, creativity, language, math, and logic. While we know you value music in schools year round, March is the month we like to make it a point to sing the praises of music as an educational tool. Be sure to LIKE MFE ON FACEBOOK, to see the special “Music in our Schools Month” we will be posting.

SO SING IT LOUD AND SING IT PROUD! Keeping vibrant music programs in our schools is important!  Back to the Top!

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 Neighbors United and will be held on March 22nd!
Doors will be at 7:00pm and the show will begin at 8:00pm. The event is for ages 21+ and admission is a suggested donation of $10.  Back to the Top!

MEDA and MFE are Teaming Up for a World Market Night to Kick Off Music Friday


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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.  Back to the Top!

February 2018 News

2018 February Eblast

This Month in Music For Everyone:

 

Join MFE and LCSWMA for the 2018 Keys for the City Kickoff Event!

Please join us as we celebrate the official kickoff of the 2018 Keys for the City season with the announcement of an exciting new art and music initiative.

Thursday February 22rd at 5:30 – 7:30pm

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

Cash Bar, Signature Drink, Appetizers and the Tom Pontz Jazz Trio.

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

 

Keys for the City 2018 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.

 

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, 2018 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 2018 Spring “MFE Scholars”, Nathan Morgan, Bridgette Horning, and Jarrod Lloyd. All three 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 developing a music education curriculum. Three additional MFE Scholars will be chosen later this spring to work in a school during the fall of 2018.

Additionally, MFE is thrilled to announce two additional MFE Scholars, Zach Terrazas and John Payson. Zach 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 his scholarship, John 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!

 

MFE Announces the Sixth 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.

This year MFE is partnering with 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 2018 Festival of Voices click here.

 

 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 Aaron’s Acres and will be held on February 15th.

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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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.
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MFE Download of the Month

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!

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2018 January News

2018 January Eblast

 

 This Month in Music For Everyone:

 

MFE Now Accepting Grant Requests


Need some money to enhance your school or community based music program? Know a music educator who’s program could use some support or new instruments? Starting this month, MFE will begin accepting applications for our 2018 grant cycle. This year we are planning on investing at least $100,000 in our community through grants. Grant applications must be submitted by February 8, 2018, to be considered for an award. For more information and guidelines visit the “Grants” section of our website by clicking (HERE).
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Refugee Benefit Concert Series


On January 28th, MFE is teaming up with Church World Service, the Lancaster County Community Foundation and Tellus360 for a concert to raise awareness and show solidarity with refugees who have moved into our community. This concert is a benefit for CWS and open to the public as a community building effort by bringing our community closer with the refugee population.

The event starts at 3:00 PM and will feature a whole host of Lancaster Musicians. Entry is by a suggested donation of $10. So come and be a part of a great community building event. We look forward to seeing you there.
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“MFE in the Schools” Update.


“MFE in the Schools” is still going strong! Our Music Mentors work with almost 400 kids per week in 11 different schools to strengthen music programs in SDOL and Columbia School District. The program continues to be successful and is directly cultivating the power of music as an educational tool.

MFE would like to thank the following for their generous support of this program:

Thomas & Georgina Russo Family Foundation

Clair Brothers Audio Enterprises Inc.

Clark Associates Charitable Foundation

The Lancaster County Community Foundation

The Fulton Family Foundation

The Woman’s Symphony Association

The Barshinger Family Foundation

The Lancaster Rotary Club

The Witmer Family Fund

The Rotary Club of Lancaster
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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 The Lancaster Public Library and will be held on January 18th.

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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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.
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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!
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2017 December News

 

 

This Month in Music For Everyone:

 

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 2017-2018 grant cycle. This year we hope to award at least $100,000 in grants. For more information and guidelines visit the Grants section of our website. Back to the Top!

 

MFE and the Extraordinary Give

We would like to thank everyone who donated to MFE through the November 17th Extraordinary Give sponsored by the Lancaster County Community Foundation. While the totals are not yet final, Music For Everyone was able to net over $20,000 as a result of your generosity. This translates into more grants to improve music programs in Lancaster County schools and community organizations.
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LCSWMA and MFE Team Up for a Pop Up Concert

 Join LCSWMA and Music for Everyone (MFE) on Saturday, December 9th at Park City Center for a FREE Pop-Up concert featuring Chromatic Expansion from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. in the Food Court. Take a break from holiday shopping to hear live family-friendly music and make-your-own music-themed crafts.

LCSWMA is a proud partner of MFE’s “Keys for the City” program, which distributes more than a dozen pianos throughout downtown Lancaster for free public play. The goal of the program is to use music to educate and build communities.

LCSWMA recognizes and appreciates the diverse culture that Lancaster County offers and supports programs and events that celebrate the arts in our neighborhoods.
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Original Classics returns for the last installment of 2017 on December 7th

Music For Everyone and Tone Tailors are excited to announce the final show in this unique, boundary breaking concert series that benefits MFE. “Original Classics” has featured Lancaster bands performing classic albums from some of the greatest musicians of all time. Each show features two bands with one band playing an original music set and the other highlighting the featured album. The final show in this year’s series will be on Thursday December 28th at Tellus360 with Smokey Willows performing Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors, and Black Letter Days performing an original set. Doors open at 7:30pm and the show will start at 8:00pm.

This is your last chance to see Original Classics in 2017 so don’t miss out!

The series has been organized by Tone Tailors, Music For Everyone, and Fine Living Lancaster. 100% of the proceeds raised during the Original Classics series will go to support music programs in Lancaster County. For more information on either the Original Classics series or Music For Everyone please contact MFELancaster@gmail.com.
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Stephen Patterson and Colette Stephens Receive the MFE Awards

We are proud to announce that MFE has awarded our 8th annual “MFE Awards” to Stephen Patterson as well as Colette Stephens. The MFE Award honors individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary efforts to cultivate and celebrate the power of music in Lancaster County. Stephen Patterson has been instrumental in developing music programs that bring members of our community together. Colette Stephens has worked tirelessly to strengthen the role that music and arts play in the School District of Lancaster, working closely with MFE to accomplish that goal. Congratulations Stephen and Colette. Thank you for helping us to cultivate the power of music as an educational and community building tool in our community!
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MFE Community Chorus to Perform on the Roof of Tellus360 for a Holiday Sing-a-long

On Friday December 15th, at 7pm, The MFE Community Chorus, accompanied by the one and only Big Boy Brass, will perform their holiday sing-a-long concert on the roof of Tellus360 in downtown Lancaster. Come on down and join the chorus in song and random merriment! In fact, feel free to join in and practice a random act of music yourself. For more information on the Community Chorus visit their website HERE.
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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 The Lancaster Festival of Voices and will be held on December 14th.

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’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.
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Monthly Download

This month we are returning to our favorite holiday song. “No El” is a hip holiday tidbit written by Bob Esbenshade and performed by “The Dekays”, Bobbie, Billy, and Billy Bob. It is F.O.N.K.Y. Check it out.

You can download this gem for FREE at the MFE Website.
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As always Lancaster, carry on and practice random acts of music! Y’all sound great!

What impact does the Extra Give Have?

More information about the Extraordinary Give coming your way!

Mark your calendars for November 17th for the 2017 Extraordinary Give. Over the past 5 years, the donations for this great day of online giving reached a whopping 22.5 million dollars for more than 500 organizations. Now in its sixth year, this event is not just about donating, it’s also about bringing people together. The goal is to create a vibrant and connected community in the city of Lancaster, PA. To do that, we need your help.

 

Music for Everyone is once again a part of this amazing event this year, because we share the goal of creating a vibrant and connected community. With a donation of any size, you can help affect community change. For example:

$25 can: Repair one school band instrument

$100 can: Tune a piano or fund a kid’s music camp scholarship

$500 can: Underwrite a community Music Event

$1000 can: Buy a school a brand new brass instrument or 35+ Ukuleles!

 

Donations can be made November 17th, beginning at 12 midnight through 11:59:59 pm. Thank you for considering a gift to MFE.

To donate during the Extraordinary Give, please click HERE: https://extragive.org/designee/music-for-everyone

Thank you for your support in advance,

Music For Everyone

MFE and the Extraordinary Give

 

 

Here it comes!

 

The 2017 Extraordinary Give is just a week away and Music For Everyone is hoping you will consider supporting us in our continuing efforts to cultivate the power of music as an educational and community building tool in Lancaster County. By supporting MFE, you will be helping us to enhance school and community music programs by providing instruments, quality instruction and additional program support. You will also be supporting community building initiatives such as Keys for the City, Music Fridays, the Lancaster Festival of Voices, the MFE Community Chorus and Ukulele Uprising.

In short, with your support we will be better able to continue to create and provide access to musical opportunities and experiences and the lifelong benefits they offer to students and community members of all ages.

There are many worthy causes in our community. That said, we believe the case for supporting MFE is particularly timely. Despite enormous evidence of the educational and community building benefits of investment in music programs, programs continue to be downsized and eliminated. MFE is committed to filling those gaps in resources, programs and funding but we can only do so with your support.

So please consider giving Extraordinarily to Music For everyone. Your support will be music to our ears.

To donate during the Extraordinary Give, please visit: https://extragive.org/designee/music-for-everyone

Thank you in advance for your support.

2017 November News

November 2017 Eblast

 

 

 

This Month in Music For Everyone:

 

 

MFE to Participate in Lancaster County Community Foundation’s Sixth Annual “Extraordinary Give”!

On November 17th, LCCF is sponsoring a one-day, online giving event in which MFE will be one of the beneficiaries. On that day, be sure to visit Extragive.org, and choose MFE and donate. Every donation is eligible to win MFE extra prize money from a $500,000 pool that LCCF has committed to the event! This means that your donation could very quickly go from $100 to $1100, with an extra $1000 coming from the prize pool! You can also donate to the same organization several times that day, so give early and give often.

Once again, MFE will also be teaming up with several non-profits for a “giving” event at Tellus360. This arts and music space in the heart of Lancaster has been generous enough to host “The Great Giving Gig” for the fourth year in a row. If you were there last year you know that this is an event you don’t want to miss as it is the fonkiest, hottest party of the year. There will be live music, refreshments, live art, stage performers, a chance to earn a free pint, and an all out fun, “giving” atmosphere. The event will run from 4pm until 1:30am, so be sure to join us to help make this year’s EXTRAORDINARY GIVE even bigger and better than last year’s!

MFE is also teaming up with Benchmark Construction to promote giving on the 17th with a party at the Ware Center. This Extraordinary event will take place from 5-8pm. There will be food, beverages, AND a live performance from the MFE String Ensemble. For any questions about the event email MFE.

We can’t wait to see you out at these events. We thank you in advance for your support of Music For Everyone!
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The Tellus Takeover – Presented by Atlee Hall

Music For Everyone is gearing up for the TELLUS TAKEOVER on November 9th. We’re teaming up with Tellus360 and taking over their entire building to celebrate our efforts to cultivate the power of music in Lancaster County.

 

The evening will include continuous live music from 6:00PM – 11:00PM with at least 8 acts on 5 stages, featured cocktails, and an unforgettable celebration. General admission tickets are only $20.

 

Want to step your experience up to the VIP level? We’ve got you covered.

VIP packages include:

–          Open bar throughout the entire building for the entire night

–          A special “speakeasy” lounge with private bar (only for VIPs)

–          Speakeasy music act available only to VIPs

–          Delicious hors d’oeuvres

 

VIP tickets cost $100 and are LIMITED – So get yours while you can!

 

Mark your calendars for November 9th for the Tellus Takeover. If you have been to an MFE event before, you know that this is a fonky time you don’t want to miss. If you have not, then we assure you that it is in your best interest to attend.

 

We would like to thank the sponsors who are making this event possible:

MFE would like to thank our sponsors for making this event possible:

PRESENTING EVENT SPONSOR:

 


VENUE SPONSOR:

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Supporting Sponsors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Original Classics returns on November 30th

Music For Everyone and Tone Tailors are excited to announce a concert series that will benefit Music For Everyone. The series dubbed “Original Classics” will feature five Lancaster bands performing classic albums from some of the greatest musicians of all time. Each show will showcase two bands with one band playing an original music set, and the other highlighting the featured album. The series will return on Thursday November 30th at 8pm at Tellus360 with Meg & the Right Sound performing “The Stranger” by Billy Joel, and Ben Vo performing an original set.

 

The dates and headliners for the Original Classics Classics series:

 

November 30 th

Meg & The Right Sound: Billy Joel – The Stranger

Ben Vo: Original Set

 

December 28 th

Smokey Willows: Fleetwood Mac – Rumors

Black Letter Days: Original Set

 

The series has been organized by Tone Tailors, Music For Everyone, and Fine Living Lancaster.

100% of the proceeds raised during the Original Classics series will go to support music programs in Lancaster County For more information on either the Original Classics series or Music For Everyone please contact MFELancaster@gmail.com.
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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!

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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 the Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Camp for Girls and will be held on November 16th.

 

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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…And The Winner Is… “MFE Presents: The Showcase” Final Round Results:

Beginning in January 2017 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 Andy Metz, Bernard Sarkissian, Dan Zdilla, and Nicholas DiSanto. We had a great turnout for the event, with a listening room atmosphere. 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 Bernard Sarkissian for being this year’s winner.
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The Lancaster Festival of Voices is returning

It is with great excitement that we can announce that this year’s Festival of Voices will return bigger and better than ever. 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 March 23rd – 24th, The Lancaster Festival of Voices will be rocking the town!
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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.
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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!
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In the meantime Lancaster, Sing on! You sound great!
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October 2017 MFE News

October 2017 MFE News

This Month in Music For Everyone:

 

 

Tellus Takeover

Music For Everyone is thrilled to announce the TELLUS TAKEOVER on November 9th
Mark your calendars for an unforgettable evening. Music For Everyone is teaming up with Tellus360 and taking over their entire building to celebrate our efforts to cultivate the power of music in Lancaster County.

The evening will include continuous live music from 6:00PM – 11:00PM with at least 8 acts on 5 stages, featured cocktails, and an unforgettable celebration. General admission tickets are only $20.

Get your Tickets HERE

Want to step your experience up to the VIP level? We’ve got you covered.

VIP packages include:
– Open bar throughout the entire building for the entire night
– A special “speakeasy” lounge with private bar (only for VIPs)
– Speakeasy music act available only to VIPs
– Delicious hors d’oeuvres

VIP tickets cost $100 and are are LIMITED – So get yours while you can!

Mark your calendars for November 9th for the Tellus Takeover. If you have been to an MFE event before, you know that this is a fonky time you don’t want to miss. If you have not, then we assure you that it is in your best interest to attend.

MFE would like to thank our sponsors for making this event possible:

 Presenting Sponsor:

 


 Venue Sponsor:

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 Supporting Sponsors:

 

 

 

 

 

 


Original Classics returns on November 30th
Music For Everyone and Tone Tailors are excited to announce a concert series that will benefit Music For Everyone. The series dubbed “Original Classics” will feature five Lancaster bands performing classic albums from some of the greatest musicians of all time. Each show will showcase two bands with one band playing an original music set, and the other highlighting the featured album. The series will return on Thursday November 30th at Tellus360 with Meg & the Right Sound performing “The Stranger” by Billy Joel, and Ben Vo performing an original set.

The dates and headliners for the Original Classics Classics series:

 

November 30th
Meg & The Right Sound: Billy Joel – The Stranger
Ben Vo: Original Set

December 28th
Smokey Willows: Fleetwood Mac – Rumors
Black Letter Days: Original Set

 

The series has been organized by Tone Tailors, Music For Everyone, and Fine Living Lancaster.
100% of the proceeds raised during the Original Classics series will go to support music programs in Lancaster County For more information on either the Original Classics series or Music For Everyone please contact MFELancaster@gmail.com.

 

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MFE to Participate in Lancaster County Community Foundation’s Sixth Annual Extraordinary Give!
We are thrilled to announce that Music For Everyone will be participating in the fifth annual ExtraGive on November 17th. The ExtraGive 2017 is shaping up to be the biggest yet, so be sure to mark your calendars for this one day online giving event. On November 17th 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 fourth 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 17th.

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Music For Everyone and The Willie Marble Xperience Non-profit Benefit Series.
C’mon down to Tellus360 on Thursday Oct. 19th 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 Lancaster YMCA’s CARE program.

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!

 

 

 

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The MFE Singer Songwriter Showcase Finals Are Here

After nearly a year of our singer songwriter competition, The “Sing-off” has arrived! On October 18th, at Tellus360 we will bring back our four finalists for a great evening of music showcasing their songwriting skills! Our four finalists are:

Andy Metz – Bernard Sarkissian – Dan Zdilla – and Nick DiSanto

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

 

 

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November 5th: Yu & Shih + MFE!
Listen to master pianists while supporting music programs in Lancaster County. Veteran winners of the amateur division of the prestigious Van Cliburn Competition, Christopher Shih and Thomas Yu will present the works of Mozart, Brahms, Dukas and Milhaud. All proceeds from this concert will benefit Music For Everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MFE Scholars
We are pleased to announce our 2017 Fall “MFE Scholars”, Amber Balch, Andrew Northrup, and Stephanie Rue. All three 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. Four additional MFE Scholars will be chosen later this winter to work in a school during the spring of 2018.

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MFE in the schools Returns and Expands, Bigger than ever
As the school year shifts into full gear, “MFE in the Schools” begins its sixth 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), Samantha Schlecter (woodwinds), Rick Ferrarelli (woodwinds), Gentry Stoltzfus (Brass), Frances Miller (Strings), and Matthew Woodson and their team of volunteers will work directly with more than 300 students per week!
We are also excited that the MFE in the Schools Program will continue in the School district of Columbia. This expansion will help bolster Columbia School District’s music program, and allow MFE in the Schools to reach even more students. To learn more visit the MFE WEBSITE.

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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!

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Keys for the City 2017 Extended.
Given that Keys for the City has become an important part of Lancaster’s arts scene, we’ve been asked by the city to extend the pianos’ stay on the streets through the festivities around the PA Governor’s Arts awards from October 21st – 26th. So get out to tickle some ivories and enjoy Keys for the City’s extended stay on the streets. 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 2017 a reality, and for further solidifying Lancaster’s status as the “Street Piano Capital of the World”:

Presenting Sponsor


Piano Sponsors:

Atlee Hall

Berkshire Hathaway

Church World Service

High Industries

The Hotel Lancaster

The Lancaster Arts Hotel

Lancaster County Community Foundation

Meals on Wheels

Molly’s Pub

Patterson Votilla Dentistry For Life

Tellus360

Willow Valley Communities

 


MFE Community Piano Sponsors:

Trout, Ebersole, and Groff, LLP.

Saxbys

Digital Harmonic

 


In-Kind Sponsors:

Ardent Construction Company

Benchmark Construction Company

Dawn Herring Piano Tuning

PennStone Outdoor Living

 

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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.

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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!

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

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