LA: Kathryn Tobey held a Benefit Recital in her studio and raised $410 for the MusicLink Foundation.
MO: Our thanks to Nathaneal May for holding a performance fundraiser, raising $51 for MusicLink.
NY: Tami Levy, Marjorie Waxenberg and Helena Almberg and the students of Patricia Cestaro held a fund raiser in December at the Faust Harrison Piano store in Huntington New York. The students also collected for the local food pantry and Toys for Tots. This multi-charity event was great fun and quite successful, raising $670 for the MusicLink Foundation. Nicolina Cassisi raised over $100 for MusicLink. Fun was had by all!
Students at the New York Playathon
VA: The Celebration Singers of Woodbridge collected $707.14 in contributions through their concert season, designating the MusicLink Foundation as a worthy charity.
The Fairfax-Loudon Music Fellowship continued its annual holiday playathon at the Dulles Town Center, with 183 students representing 16 teachers raising a whopping $2,500 - a great event organized by Sandy Baker. This amount was doubled through the Giving Tuesday event.
Fairfax-Loudoun Students Performing
IL: Illinois MusicLink Coordinator, Deborah Meier organized a Clavinova Festival at Piano Distributors in Fairview Heights, featuring performances by 15 students from 2 participating teachers. The event raised $550 for the MusicLink Foundation. A big thank you to Yamaha and Piano Distributors for sponsoring this successful event! Manager Steven Trawford organized the festival and plans to continue this yearly event. We appreciate his willingness to collaborate with MusicLink through Gateway Arch East MTA.
Students received a t-shirt, certificate, and a goodie bag containing treats, a lanyard, and sunglasses. Each student was entered into the grand prize drawing for a Yamaha keyboard (P-105).
Senior Receives Collegiate Award
Lauren Maurer and Sherry Frush
Lauren Maurer, a former MusicLink student of Sherry Frush received $2000 as the 2013 Collegiate Award from the Texas Music Teachers Educational Foundation. Lauren has a long history of involvement in MTNA, TMTA and AMTA events and was pianist at her church and on staff at the Frush Music Studio since 2005. Lauren is currently a senior performance major at Hardin-Simmons University and has a long-range goal of teaching at the university level. "I really feel that my calling is to teach, while still having the opportunity to perform. I cannot imagine a better future than this."
Guitar Auctions at State Theater
Joanne Haroutounian and Bronwyn Towle enjoyed a few nights of great rock and roll music while providing a chance for the State Theater (Falls Church, VA) audience to own a guitar signed by the Hard Working Americans and the John K Band. The raffles raised a total of $960 for the MusicLink Foundation. Our thanks to Leila Habib and Brennan Giuffre for their hospitality and support in bringing this opportunity to their theater.
New Teachers and Business Partners
The MusicLink Foundation added 23 new teachers since our Annual Report: AL: Rebecca Osberg; CA: Terri Casia, Jami Piper; MA: Julie Boris; MI: Carita Farmer Hughes; MN: Brad Draper, Miguel Hurtado, Prudence Johnson, Corissa Leonard, Joshua Parlanti, Melinda Peterson, Mary Kaye Rabaey, Rachel Revennaugh, Mary Ann Weis (returning); MO: Sarah Cool; ND: James Adams, Robin Allebach, Christopher Redfearn; OH: Krysti Schey; OR: Huong Phan; VA: Marlene C. Miles, Tyler Sinclair; WA: Rebecca Hedman.
Marcia Wilke (WA) and Anna Kroik (NJ) were inadvertently left off of our active teacher list in our Annual Report - our apologies.
Marie Ann Vos, a MusicLink teacher from Crystal Lakes IL passed away at the age of 75 from complications brought on by Parkinson's disease. She was the founder of the McHenry County Music Center and Youth Orchestra and helped introduce the Suzuki method of teaching music to the area. Her son, Thomas, explains that "between her voice studio and music center, she has touched hundreds, if not thousands of lives. One of her doctors who helped her took lessons from her." She will surely be missed by her many students and colleagues.
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