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:






 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


Willow Valley Communities


MFE Community Piano Sponsors:

Trout, Ebersole, and Groff, LLP.


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!

August 2017 News

August 2017 News




“Its not good enough to know just math, English, or science. You have to be able to put it all together, and hopefully in a way that no one else has figured out how to do before. To be the next great inventor of something we haven’t dreamed of yet, you need to have creative skills. Music really fosters those creative skills.” – Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon







Save the Date – Saturday September 23rd For Music For Everyone’s GREAT BIG PIANO PARTY!

  • Lancaster PA – Street Piano Capital of the World!

    On September 23rd, Music For Everyone will host the “Great Big Piano Party”. The event will celebrate eight 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 the Springhouse Brewery on Hazel Street, to create an unforgettable evening of music, dance, food, and drink.


    So mark your calendar for September 23, 2017. If you have been to one an MFE event before, you know what we’re talkin’ ‘bout! If not, we assure you it’ll be in your best interest to be there. Formal invitations will be mailed shortly. If you have questions, contact MFE: MFELancaster@gmail.com. And remember “There ain’t no party like a piano party”.


    Lancaster, PA “Street Piano Capital of the World”

    As you have heard, (literally) Keys for the City pianos are still on the streets in downtown Lancaster. And while you’ve heard those pianos, have you also heard that Lancaster is the “Street Piano Capital of the World”? We can make this claim based on several metrics:

    • Consecutive years for the program: We’ve placed pianos on the streets for eight years running, the most consecutive years of any city that we are aware of.
    • Length of program: Our pianos are out for use by the public 24/7 for over four full months. Again, a longer stretch of time than any other city we are aware of.
    • Piano per capita: Lancaster can boast of having one street piano per every 3955 residents (15 pianos for 59,325 people [2013 Census Data])
    • Piano Keys per capita: We can also boast of having one piano key per 45 residents!

    So, get your groove on and come down to tickle a few ivories on any and all of the 15 pianos. Head to the Keys For The City Website or Music for everyone’s Website for more information regarding locations and additional events around the pianos. You can also follow the pianos on the MFE Facebook page where we will be posting pictures and announcing various events and promotions relating to the pianos all summer long.

    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:


    MFE Community Piano Sponsors:


    In-Kind Sponsors:



    Music Fridays Continue to Grow!

    If you haven’t been downtown for a Music Friday recently, you should make it a point to attend the August 19th event. The crowds and “buzz” around Music Fridays continue to grow with over 20 “MFE street spot” acts spread throughout town. This, in addition to the Mothership Stage act in Binns Park: Big Boy Brass, and the 15 Keys For the City Pianos, makes for a truly happening downtown scene. We will see you on August 19th.

    Music Fridays are made possible through the generous support of:


    The MFE Singer Songwriter Showcase Continues.

    Continuing on August 16th, MFE will host a singer-songwriter night on the third Wednesday of every month at Tellus360. This showcase is a great opportunity for musicians to bring some fresh material in front of objective ears and professional songwriters. While the showcase is a great way for musicians to hone their songwriting skills, it is also a yearlong competition. The four artists who bring in the largest audiences will have the opportunity to perform at the October showcase, which is also a benefit for MFE. So break out those axes, dust off the songwriting pad, tune up, and get on down to Tellus360 for the MFE Singer-Songwriter nights.

    The Schedule for the Singer Songwriter Nights:
    August 16 — Andy Metz (Opening: Lucille Ciconia)
    September 20 — Jessica Smucker (Opening: Stephen Patterson)

    October 18 — Sing-off

    You don’t have to be a musician to attend the singer-songwriter nights. Come support local music at its roots and have a great time

    Original Classics returns on August 24th

    Music For Everyone and Tone Tailors are excited to announce a concert series that will benefit Lancaster based non-profit 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 August 24th at Tellus360 with Snapsquatch performing Like a Virgin by Madonna, and Hiding Scarlet performing an 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.


     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 Arch Street Center and will be held on August 17th!

    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.



    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, also known as the EITC.

    This credit allows a business to pledge funds to a non-profit 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, your business could write off $9,000 of that donation. That’s a $10,000 donation that only costs $1,000! Think about how many instruments we could provide to schools in Lancaster County with those funds, all while allowing your business to benefit from a tax credit. If you would like to know more please contact Brendan at MFElancaster@gmail.com.



    Reminder: 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 community building initiative.


    Monthly Music Download

    For this month’s music download we are reaching back into the vaults to MFE CD sampler Vol. I. Lingering Doubts is our featured artist of the month, with their tune, “Unlucky Lucciano”. Download and enjoy.


    Until next time Lancaster, Play on!

    How Can I Support music Programs in Schools?

    How Can I Support Music Programs in Schools?

    We’ve enjoyed celebrating Music In Our Schools Month, this March. The month may be coming to an end, but Music in our schools does not become any less important throughout the other 11 months of the year. If you’re like me, you care about music and you want children to be given the opportunity to learn to play musical instruments. However, at times it is difficult to know how you can make a difference, and make sure children in our community are being given musical opportunities. Here is a list of ways you can show your support for local music programs.


    “You can attend school board meetings to let board members know that music in the schools is important.”

    By doing this, you go straight to the heads of your local schools, to let them know that you care about music programs. If enough people show up at school board meetings and fight for this, they cannot be ignored. You can find information on the Lancaster school system and board meetings, here:

    Below are links to all 16 school district governing boards containing contact information for your district.



    “You can write editorials or letters to the editor of the local newspaper about the importance of music.”LancasterNews

    If you write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, you can let the community at large know that you think music education is important. The more people who realize how music education is often a neglected aspect of young students‘ education, the better. By writing editorials in your local newspaper, you can let the community know, and spur others into action. You can submit a letter to editor of the Lancaster Newspaper this link: http://lancasteronline.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/


    “You can do something to support a school music teacher. Maybe give a gift or at least tell them how much you appreciate all that they do.”


    If you know any school music teachers, let them know how much you support them. If you have a child who is in a school music program, give their music teacher a gift, a
    note, or even a kind word. In some schools, music educators feel alone in the fight for more music programs and funding. While Math or English teachers can feel secure in the knowledge that their program will always be considered essential, music teachers are often taken for granted. Let them know you support their work, and let them know what you are doing to support music programs in their school.


    “You can write a check to an organization that promotes music or supports music education.” 

     Nonprofit organizations such as Music For Everyone work to support music programs by donating instruments and funds directly to the music programs of local schools. You can support Music For Everyone by donating directly to us, or by attending one of our events, such as this weekend’s Festival of Voices, which you can find more information on here: https://musicforeveryone.org/event/the-2016-festival-of-voices/.


    “You can attend a music performance at a school.”

     Many Lancaster schools will be having spring concerts in April and May. You can find the information for several upcoming Lancaster School District concerts here:
    . The McCaskey Gospel Choir Spring Concert will be held at the JP McCaskey Auditorium on April 16 at 6:00 p.m. This Friday, the Pequea Valley High School Choir and the Susquehanna Waldorf School will both be performing at MFE’s Festival of Voices.



    Another way you can make your voice heard is by contacting your representatives at the state and federal levels.

    You can find a list of all the Lancaster County State Representatives here: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/county_list.cfm?CNTYLIST=LANCASTER

    Contact Senator Bob Casey here: https://www.casey.senate.gov/contact/

    Contact Senator Pat Toomey here: https://www.toomey.senate.gov/?p=contact

    Contact your Federal Representatives here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/PA




    There are many different ways you can advocate for music programs. Pick one or two, or click on one of the links we’ve provided, and go from there. Another simple way you can support music programs in our local schools is by letting your friends and family know what you are doing, and why you are doing it. Word of mouth is a great way to spread the word and raise support. Find a friend to accompany you to a local school’s spring concert or board meeting. Together, we can raise so much more support than any of us can alone.

    Getting to know the MFE Scholars




    Continuing Music For Everyone’s tradition of providing music to all in Lancaster county each year MFE provides seven, $2,000 scholarships to Millersville University Music Education majors. In exchange for that scholarship the recipients volunteer at a school supported by MFE. Featured below are two MFE scholars, Andrew Swartz and Cecilia. Currently the two scholars are assisting in teaching recorder and other instruments before school at Buchanan Elementary.



    Andrew Swartz’s music journey started when his parent’s had him take piano lessons as a young child. His father was one of his biggest influences in music. Being a pianist himself, he wanted Andrew to learn how to play. This parental encouragement caused the young Suzuki method child to begin a strong work ethic that has transferred well into his music education major. Now Andrew is also proficient in trombone, saxophone, and his main focus is percussion.

    With his roots of strong family influence, Andrew sees music as a “community thing”. He sees that more people can do music, whether it be playing or enjoying. Andrew also loves the “feels” of music. There is a value in experiencing a piece with a group of people through the process of learning, performing,DSC_0026 and enjoying a piece.

    What Andrew loves about music is that in that communal learning process there is a direct reflection of the time a musician puts into their craft and how they perform. It is easy to see the progression overtime in the development as a musician continues to work and improve. But his music education major comes at a price. Music ed majors have a packed schedule. Between rehearsals and practicing there is not really much time for anything else. Music is a seven days a week major. While Andrew does not always agree with teaching methods used, as a student he cannot correct his mentors. Another difficulty is always staying healthy. Like an athlete, musicians have to stay in shape and try to avoid carpal tunnel (particularly as a percussionist), hearing loss, headache, and general fatigue. Andrew also mentions that it is important to make time for yourself to keep a good mental attitude.

    With all these things in mind Andrew continues on because he wants to get better and be a good player. He also recognizes that if he teaches high school there is a very real possibility he may come across a student who is better than him and he wants to be able to teach that student the best that he can. Also once a musician starts teaching there is not much time to practice so right now, Andrew has the time to become the best he can.

    Andrew became a music education major because he wants to teach music, but he also knows music can take you anywhere. As a personal charge he sees himself as responsible for educating students and believes he owes it to them to give kids the opportunity to see what music can do for an individual as a person. Upon graduation, Andrew wants to teach elementary students because he wants to get kids hooked on music when they are young.


    Cecilia Cooper is a cheerful woman with a clear passion for music, especially music education. Cecilia, a Reading Pennsylvania native, comes from a long line of music educators and teachers and she “couldn’t imagine doing anything else”. Similar to her fellow MFE Scholar she began with piano lessons at a young age, but like many young children she never practiced. Now she plays violin and her concentration is voice.

    Being an MFE scholar and music education major Cecilia loves to teach her students all that she has learned at Millersville the last two years. As a freshman, she realized DSC_0022how much she did not know about music and loves giving other kids the head start she did not have. She also just loves teaching. While it was scary to be in the classroom for the first time, she loves seeing the impact music education has on her students.

    Cecilia also recognizes the difficulties in being a music major. She says that you can never practice enough. With homework you can complete it and be done, but when you do not do as well your mind goes to “I should have practiced more”. This creates the notion of “I should be practicing right now”. Cecilia is learning that it is ok to sometimes not be practicing. She also says that vocal health is especially important for her, and sometimes trying to stay healthy is a struggle. Like all college students she is concerned about her future and her future career.

    Through all the struggles Cecilia loves to see her own improvement. She also wants her students to look up to her as a teacher and a musician. All the practicing will pay off in the credibility she will gain as an educator and a musician. Cecilia chose music education because her friends hated music class and she wants to be the music teacher kids deserve. She loves kids, particularly little kids, and wants to be an elementary music teacher. Cecilia’s main desire is to make music a good experience for her students.

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