We are on our way
- $20,000 goal surpassed
MusicLink reached yet another goal in our 20th anniversary year. We raised over $20,000 in
our 20th Anniversary fund-raiser through the summer – with a total of $28,164 raised by
September 15th! We look forward to building on this solid foundation for a record year of
donations in 2012. We reached our goal thanks to Bill and Brigid Brakefield, who matched
donations up to $10,000 if reached by the September date. Our thanks to these generous donors,
who have supported the MusicLink Foundation from the very beginning. Additional thanks to
the Weissberg Foundation who contributed $5,500 to our 20th anniversary fund-raising event.
Let's make 2012 a BANNER YEAR with your contribution! Please donate by clicking below or
sending a check to MusicLink Foundation, 1043 N. McKinley Rd., Arlington VA 22205.
Bill and Brigid Brakefield
Students Enjoy Recitals
and Camp Experiences
MusicLink students enjoyed performance experiences in recitals across the country through their
studios and local music teacher organizations. The Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association
joins forces with the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts each year to present a MusicLink
recital featuring students in the area. This year marked the seventh year of this joint venture.
NVMTA MusicLink recital in Fairfax VA
The MusicLink Foundation awarded camp scholarships worth a total of $5,252 to 32 MusicLink
students representing the states of CO, LA, NH, MN, SD, TX, WI, UT, and VA. Jacob (TX) said
he had "an awesome time getting to know other students, learning about the history of music
and getting a taste of what college will be like. My passion for piano has grown immensely
since camp!" Raquel (WI) enjoyed her violin experience at the Summer Music Clinic:"I learned
how to shift and it was such an amazing feeling because I know it will be helpful especially
in music like pop and hip hop which I enjoy learning. Thanks for giving me the chance to go
to this very fun music camp!" Mariana (TX) wanted to give a big "THANK YOU" for the camp
scholarship where she not only enjoyed playing the piano but also composed a composition "In
Which My Grandmother and I Go Fly a Plane."
Mariana Pye at Abilene Summer Piano Camp
Raquel Tapia at UW Summer Music Clinic
Our Graduating Seniors
Dinorah Rosario (Springfield MA) enjoyed MusicLink viola lessons with Lani Bortfeld through the STEP
program (Suzuki Talent Education Partnership) and continued lessons in high school with Carlos
Boltes. She attended the Pioneer Valley Christian School and has been accepted to the Berklee College
of Music in Boston.
Dinorah was raised by her grandmother, who states in a news article, "She always has these big dreams
and I worry that it's too difficult or too expensive, but somehow she always achieves it."
Whitney Lundy (Hyde Park NY), studied violin with Nettie West for seven years through MusicLink.
She graduated from Lourdes High School and concurrently from Dutchess Community College. She has
been accepted at Siena College as a junior where she hopes to be in the college orchestra and
eventually become a lawyer.
Her teacher describes Whitney as someone who was "always eager to learn, and give time performing
for the community college. My heartfelt wishes go with her for success. MusicLink can be proud
Graduating seniors not pictured in this newsletter: Tateyana Hurlburt (NC) and Anna Mills (MN).
MusicLink Provides Grass Roots and
Teacher Reimbursement Grants
The MusicLink Foundation provided Grass Roots grants totaling $2,300 in the 2011-12 school
year to the following organizations and studios: DC MusicLink Program, Minnesota MTA, Tarra
Guerra Studio (FL), Suzuki Institute of Augusta (GA), Judy Vanesse Studio (VT).
The following teachers received over $1,700 in total teacher reimbursement grants for events,
fees and materials for their students: Linda Butler (WA), Julie Slingerland (VA), David Holmes
(MN), Melody Payne (VA), Kelley Lyon (VT), Cheri Sykes (MN), Carole Gauthier (MD), Penni Daun
Eads (UT), Verna Wagner (WA), Deborah Meier (IL), Rachel Winograd (VA), Karen Becker (MN), Maria
Grant (MN), Kathleen Krouse (PA), Pam West-Carrasco (IA), Martha Yasuda (GA) Holly Kukkonen (IA),
and Katherine Schelp (OK).
Senior Scholarship Winners
Senior Award of Excellence: The MusicLink Foundation provides a $1000 Senior Award of
Excellence to a MusicLink student who has shown ongoing commitment to lessons, has made
significant progress in lessons, and demonstrates outstanding achievement in music. The
award is made possible through the Russell and Arline Bridge Endowment Fund. This year's
award recipient is Joshua Millings, a pianist who has taken lessons with Tamara Slobodkin
of Setauket NY for the past 11 years. Joshua is an exceptional pianist who has won many
piano competitions and was part of the Links, Inc. Signature Arts Program for three years.
His senior recital featured Ravels' Jeux d'eau, Liszt's Valle D'Obermann and major works
by Bach, Haydn, and Muczynski. He is multiply talented in music, playing first chair
violin in regional orchestra and viola in another. He has earned a 4.0 grade point average,
was Commander of his local Civil Air Patrol Color Guard and plans to major in mechanical
engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He states that music "is this unending
exploration which has permanently engaged me to the study of musical masterpieces."
The foundation chose to award several Honors Awards of $500 each to seniors who showed
excellence in their musical training, again sponsored by the Bridge Endowment. Laura Tobey
is a piano and voice student of Sherry Frush of Abilene Texas, where she serves as a teaching
assistant. Laura will be attending Baylor University as a music major. Sarah Grace Barham is
a piano student of Rosita Kerr Mang and also enjoys writing, developing a novel as a junior
in high school. She will be continuing her musical studies at the University of Maryland.
Ruth Stenson MusicLink Award: The Minnesota MusicLink Program provides a $1000 award in honor
of Ruth Stenson, who was a caring Minnesota MusicLink teacher. The award is presented to a
MusicLink student who has shown commitment and outstanding achievement through years of lessons.
The 2012 award was presented by Sue Wege, MusicLink Director of Coordinators, to
Cassie Schwartz, a student of Beth Winterfeldt of St Peter
Minnesota. Cassie has studied piano for five years and has been active in the MMTA piano exams
and contests, including ensemble events. She is a pianist in her church's praise band as well.
Cassie plans to double major in music and elementary education, attending Concordia College in
Sue Wege, Cassie Schwartz, and Beth Winterfeldt
Harry D. Kirkpatrick Scholarship: The Harry D. Kirkpatrick scholarship
of $1000 is awarded to an outstanding MusicLink senior from the state
of Virginia in memory of the brother of Martha Smith, a MusicLink
teacher and board member. This year's scholarship recipient is Purev
Arslanbaatar of Alexandria VA, a voice student of Angela Winter and
piano student of Leeanna Xanthos-McQueen. Through years of training,
Purev also studied with Mika Inouye and Martha Smith. He was chosen
to study at the Westminster Choir last summer with assistance of a
MusicLink camp scholarship and represented MusicLink at the Colorado
State Convention in June of 2012 with travel sponsored by the
MusicLink Foundation. Purev was also chosen to be in the Washington
Chorus, a professional chorus performing at the Kennedy Center and
Strathmore Center. Purev will be a music major at George Mason
University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Martha Smith, Joanne Haroutounian, and Purev Arslanbaatar
New MusicLink Teachers
We are pleased to add 49 new and returning teachers to the MusicLink roster bringing our current
teacher total to 336 teachers and our overall total to 1,939:
CA: Celine Gietzen; CT: Elizabeth Maerz, Rebecca Squire; GA: Linda Dorsey; IL: Aubrey Faith-Slaker,
Christy Nielsen; KS: Ryan A. Elliott; KY: Cheri Simpson; MA: Mary Tamplin; ME: Diana Foster, MN:
Monica K. Allen, Jeff Brueske, Anna Coyne, Sara Diedrich, Anna Jeanne Flesner, Charlotte Grantier,
Deanna Holst, John Krebsbach, Gael Larsen, Susan Munson, Kris Olson, Jacqueline Okoh, Carolyn
Reisinger, Rebecca Smith, Faith Swenson, Kathie Younker, Judy Zylstra; MO: Robin Anderson, David
Holmes, NH: Joe Mitchell, Cindy Truman; NM: Sharon Jensen; NY:Amethyst Stark; OR: Jill Foster, Jan
Miller, Davina Perret; PA: Kathleen Herber, Gilya Hodos, Laura Williamson; SC: Carol Rhodes; TN:
Shirley O'Connor; TX :Jeff Wille; VT: Peter Miller, Nora Zablow; WA: Genevieve Allen, Jennifer Morgan,
Julia Swiety; WV: Scott Beard; .Ontario, Canada: Mary Cumming.