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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