November News


The Extraordinary give is returning to Lancaster for its fourth year, and Music For Everyone is thrilled to be a participating Non-Profit!

On November 20th, the Lancaster County Community Foundation is sponsoring a one-day, online giving event in which MFE will be one of the beneficiaries. On November 20th, be sure to visit MFE’s ExtraGive Page and donate! Every donation that is made is eligible to win MFE extra prize money from a stretch pool of at least $300,000 that LCCF has committed to the event! This means that your donation could very quickly go from $100 to $1100, with the extra $1000 coming from the prize pool. So give early, and give often.

We are also proud to announce that MFE will once again be partnering with several other non-profits to throw one of the hottest parties of the year, generously hosted by Tellus360. That’s right, “The Great Giving Gig” is returning to Lancaster! If you went last year, you know what a great time this event is. If you missed out last year, don’t miss it this year because it is going to be even bigger and better. More live music, art, photobooths, social media lounges, all round shenanigans, and of course, the wonderful Tellus360 crew. November 20th is going to be AMAZING!

Making the November 20th ExtraGive even more amazing is our partnership with Benchmark Construction and several other nonprofits at their event downtown in the Ware Center. This extraordinary event   will take place from 5:00pm-8:00pm in the Ware Center. There will be food, beverages, miniature horses, and live performances, including a 5:00PM performance by the MFE Student Strings. This event free and open to the public

So on November 20th be sure to stop downtown and check out all of the events surrounding the Extraordinary Give, and while doing so, please consider a donation to Music For Everyone. Thank you.


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!


Keys For The City Art

Want to have your very own piece of MFE’s Keys for the City and help raise money for MFE at the same time? Thanks to the generous support of Fred Roger and the Red Raven Art Gallery, now you can.

Fred has painted a Keys for the City “street scene” (pictured below). This painting will be hung at Red Raven Art Gallery and will be available for purchase through a silent auction process from Friday November 6th through December 4th.

Stop by Red Raven (138 N. Prince St.), Email (, or call (717-299-4400) to place your bid. In doing so, you will be helping MFE to continue to cultivate the power of music as an educational and community building tool in Lancaster County.


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Fred Rodger

“Play me, I’m Yours”


24 x 18

minimum reserve bid,  $300

Value,  $1000


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 Lancaster New Sounds and be held on November 12th.

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.


MFE Participating in “Gifts That Give Hope” Alternative Gifts Fair.

As the Holidays are fast approaching why not consider an alternative form of gift giving this year? MFE is participating in Gifts That Give Hope, which is an alternative gift fair occurring on December 12th. Purchasing Alternative gifts is an opportunity to give back and MAKE A DIFFERENCE to the larger community and honor your friends and loved ones at the same time. Instead of purchasing traditional gifts, participants purchase meaningful donations to local and global non-profits while improving the lives of others who are not on anyone’s gift list! So join us on December 12th from 10am-4pm at the Farm and Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd Lancaster PA 17601). This is a great chance for you to give a child the gift of music while knocking out your holiday shopping!


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

Beginning in January 2015 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 Jean Synodinos, Steve Chambers, Mindy Nolt, and The Robert Bobby duo. We had a record turnout for the event, with almost 200 fans of the Showcase in attendance! 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 Mindy Nolt for being this year’s winner.

Don’t worry, we will be bringing the showcase back next year, so stay tuned as there will be lots of new faces.


MFE and Tellus360 are combining forces to continue to expand the Lancaster Festival of Voices 2016!

It is with great excitement that we can announce that this year’s Festival of Voices will return better than ever, and we are teaming up with a new partner! Tellus360 and Acapellus will be joining the mix. 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 April 1st-3rd, The Lancaster Festival of Voices will be rocking the town!

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.

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!


In the meantime Lancaster, Sing on! You sound great!

Who is Steve Chambers you ask?

Music For Everyone has a diverse group of individuals involved in its programs, and one of those people is Steve Chambers.DSC_0377
Steve Chambers calls himself a humble, self-employed house painter. He’s also famous in Lancaster as a musician and songwriter, attracting many people to his shows.

He was one of the founding board members of MFE, and was greatly involved in the creation of the Community Chorus and the Lancaster Festival of Voices.

The Community Chorus is a place for people to come to for the pure enjoyment of singing and creating music. You don’t have to be a particularly good singer to participate with the Chorus. All you need is a passion for music and community. It has brought a lot of people together, and has been described as a very valuable organization to the community.

“I’ve always had this idea that people just wanted to sing for the fun of it,” he said. “The chorus serves as a venue for these people.”

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Steve Chambers performing at the MFE Singer Songwriter Showcase with his wife and violinist Robin Chambers and bass player Charlie Burnett

About three or four years into the creation of MFE, Chambers brought his idea into fruition with much success. Having grown up in a musical family and in the very musical era of the 50s and 60s, he believes music to be a very important part of our lives, and thought this would be a great way to share that feeling with the world.

“I know how music affects people,” he said. “Music is a universal language.”

Music is very often called a universal language due to how anyone from any background can listen to any kind of music regardless of where they’re from or what language they speak. You can listen to a song sung in a completely different language, have no understanding of the lyrics, and still enjoy it simply because of its universality. The Community Chorus has proven this, as evidenced by its tremendous growth, with people of all demographics participating.

According to Chambers, it has also affected a lot of people on a personal level, helping them with certain aspects of their lives.

“It’s been a healing process for a lot of people [who] are involved in it,” he said. “It’s a group that people can join and feel like part of something.”

Many have found a church or a home with help from the chorus thanks to its ability to unite the community. It has also been used as a method of dealing with depression and promoting interaction among senior citizens. There are even studies that show that group singing such as this can help treat cancer and lung disease.


The Community Chorus performing at the Festival of Voices

Chambers also said that the chorus has had an effect on him as well. The organization has helped him meet many people in the community and make a lot of great friends. He claimed that he never realized how big something like this could become.

“I just thought it was a chorus when we started out,” he said. “It showed me the bigger picture of what can be with group singing and the importance and value of singing in groups and with friends.”

Due to the success of the chorus, Music For Everyone, with Steve as the driving force decided to have a choral festival. The Lancaster Festival of Voices, established 
in 2013, brings in local schools and universities to take part in a weekend long event. Chambers says it is at the moment a relatively low key event, but has slowly been growing over the years and encourages people to this year’s Festival of Voices from April 1st – 3rd.

MFE is proud to see their choral program expand so greatly over the years. It is truly amazing what simply getting together and singing can do for a community.

MFE Is Proud to Announce the Fall 2015 “MFE Scholars”

Music For Everyone is proud to announce the “MFE Scholars” awards for the fall semester. Every year, four Millersville University Scholars 2music education majors receive a $2000 scholarship from MFE. In exchange, the students volunteer at an SDOL school, where they work under the direction of a teacher at that school and directly with their students.

For this year’s fall semester, our scholars are Natalie James and Samantha Schlechter, both of whom are very excited to be part of this program. Natalie James comes from East Petersburg and is a

junior music education major at Millersville University. Natalie specializes as a vocalist, and has been singing all her life. “Ever since I could talk, I was singing,” she said. She also noted her love of the choir, always being amazed and wowed by the sounds you can get from a group of singers. She felt it to be a great honor to receive this scholarship, and shares MFE’s goal of improving school music programs.

scholarsSamantha Schlechter is a graduate music education major at Millersville University who lives in Lancaster City. She has numerous instruments under her belt, saying that she’s been involved in pretty much everything, but her instrument of choice is the flute. Ever since the third grade, she has been involved with music, making it a huge part of her life. After teaching music lessons privately for six years, she has returned to school to get a teaching certificate. Just like Natalie, she too says that receiving the scholarship has been an honor and means a lot to her. “Being recognized by teachers and professors really makes me feel like I’m on the right path,” she said.

The two will be involved in various programs and activities, including private lessons with students, teaching an African drum class, and around Christmas, teaching chamber strings. MFE congratulates these two on their success and can’t wait to see what they can accomplish as student teachers. We know that with the enthusiasm they share for teaching, they can help strengthen music education in Lancaster schools and build a stronger community for everyone.

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!

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