As we head towards the holidays, we have much to celebrate. We
congratulate another MusicLink Young Scholar winner and welcome
outstanding musical celebrities to our advisory board. Teachers
and students are enjoying our Promise to Practice fund raising
events at malls, music stores, and studios across the country.
We have set a goal of raising $50,000 for the year to assist with
instruments, camp scholarships, and coordinating new programs
to bring at least 1000 new students into the program by the end
of the school year. We have added a handy Holiday card option
for charity gift-giving to that favorite teacher, friend, or family
member. We are so pleased to bring music to children across the
country especially at this season of the year - Happy Holidays!
Stephanie Duong, our Jack
Kent Cooke Young Scholar
Stephanie Duong with her
piano teacher, Nancy Buck
Stephanie Duong, a 2007 Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholar, is a 12
year old pianist from Riverside California who takes MusicLink
piano lessons with Nancy Buck and violin lessons with Laura Balisky.
Young Scholars are students with outstanding talent who receive
thousands of dollars each year from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
from seventh grade throughout secondary school to provide resources
to develop their artistic and academic talents to the fullest.
Stephanie's reaction to winning this award:
"When I opened the mail and read the first line, I was screaming.
I was so happy. My Dad was laughing at me. The first thing I did
was phone my piano teacher to tell her the good news. She was
teaching my cousin. They stopped her lesson and came and took
my sister and I out for ice cream. Getting the Jack Kent Cooke
Scholarship makes me thrilled, excited and happy.
My teacher asked me what inspired me to want to play the piano.
Going to my cousin's recital when I was 7 years old inspired me
to want to learn piano. Also my Aunt Celine encouraged me and
gave me lots of her piano books. Some of my cousins play piano,
and we all play for our families at family gatherings. My favorite
music is happy music. I enjoy recitals, both big and small, and
I don't get nervous any more. I like playing for Guild and Certificate
of Merit, except for the tests. Mostly I enjoy playing at Convalescent
homes and making people happy. When I feel happy, I like to go
to the piano for my own enjoyment, especially to play Christmas
songs. Some day I'd like to play at Disneyland."
Schmitt Music and Jacobs Music
Feature Promise to Practice Events
Sue Wege, MusicLink Midwest Coordinator
with Barbara Ongna of Schmitt Music
Students receive totebags
for raising $25
Over 35 home schooled students enjoyed playing in a MusicLink
Piano Marathon at the Mall of the Americas in Minneapolis, sponsored
by Schmitt Music Company. The students loved performing on Steinway
pianos and raised $2,200 for MusicLink.
Kristofer Bergh, Cameron J. Day, Alec Enke, and Abby Palkert
received IPOD shuffles.
All students received our special
MusicLink success pin for reaching their personal practice goals.
The event preceded a special Schmitts MusicLink piano sale.
Autumn Kovach at the Steinway
Jacobs Music launched its first Promise to Practice event linked
with its Yamaha Clavinova festivals in Philadelphia and Willow
Grove. Fifty students representing the studios of Marjorie Rothmore,
Lorraine Campman, Carol Angus, and Betsy Erickson raised almost
$2,300 in this special event.
Spencer Vogt raised over $560. Our thanks to Karen Hobbs of
Jacobs Music for organizing this event.
Music Celebrities Join
MusicLink Advisory Board
The MusicLink Foundation welcomes Marvin Hamlisch, eminent composer
and conductor; André Watts, international concert pianist; and
Verdine White of Earth Wind and Fire as new members to its advisory
board. We are thrilled to be recognized as one of only two charities
supported by Earth Wind and Fire, and thank Mr. Watts for agreeing
to sign autographs at an artist-photograph signing event in Virginia.
In their own words:
"Too often I have heard stories about children
who display a musical gift at an early age, but because of lack
of funds in their family they were unable to pursue that gift.
So it is a wonderful thing to know that MusicLink is an organization
that comes to the rescue of these talented kids."
-- Marvin Hamlisch
"Bringing music into the lives of our
children means bringing imagination, enthusiasm, discipline and
the joy of creation into their world. Expanding personal vistas
for the youth of today makes for a better world of tomorrow. Music
transcends fear and hate, and it is the most pleasurable duty
imaginable to bring this to our young people."
-- André Watts
"The MusicLink Foundation is a perfect forum for young people
to learn about music, to learn about performing, and most of all,
to learn about themselves. Without the arts, society can't grow
and I think the MusicLink Foundation is the perfect way for young
people, at the beginning of their training and the beginning of
their adult lives to learn about music and the arts and have a
lot of fun."
-- Verdine White
MusicLink Holiday Charitable Gift Cards
MusicLink now offers attractive cards to acknowledge a charitable
contribution in honor of a friend, teacher, or relative. Simply
supply the address of the recipient on your check or as a dedication
in a credit-card donation through the website. (click on support
us). What better way to say thanks to someone who shares your
love of music and children!
Suzuki Partners with MusicLink
We are thrilled to be partnering with the Suzuki Association of
the Americas to encourage its teacher members to reach out to students
in need. The association offers special recognition to SAA teachers
who volunteer to teach through MusicLink. They provide the
"Tips for Parents" booklets for any new Suzuki student enrolled
in the MusicLink program. They also are working with the MusicLink
foundation to offer camp scholarships to MusicLink Suzuki students.