Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation

Founded in 1996, The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation donates new and refurbished musical instruments to underserved schools nationwide, in an effort to give youngsters the many benefits of music education, help them to be better students and inspire creativity and expression through playing music.
Oct 15, 2014

A year in music

The Conservatory School @ North Palm Beach FL
The Conservatory School @ North Palm Beach FL

"It is with great excitement that we begin this fabulous new school year, our orchestra enriched by the generous support of the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. These students are representatives of our 5th and 6th grade orchestra; all holding their new MHO instruments! Our vision of expanding to serve K-8 was happily realized this year. We expect to serve students from their earliest years up until they leave for high school. The Conservatory School community is grateful to your foundation for believing in our mission and in our students.”
- Teresa Stoupas, Principal, The Conservatory School at North Palm Beach FL

     In the last school year, thanks to you, 1,226 students in 86 schools across the country are now able to participate in their school's music program. Now there are enough instruments to go around so they can play and experience all the benefits of music education.

       Read our latest newsletter for news, updates, and stories showing how you are helping to keep music alive in our schools. We couldn't do it without you.

Jul 15, 2014

Notes of Gratitude

Toppenish Middle School, Toppenish WA
Toppenish Middle School, Toppenish WA

“Thank you for everything you have given to us here at TMS. It takes kindhearted people to do this. Now we have become a better band so thank you very much. Best and kindest thing anyone has done that I have seen.”
- Marcos, student at Toppenish Middle School

Here is a letter from the principal at Toppenish Middle School:


    Music is a powerful force in children's lives and we believe that playing music in school can not only improve their education, but give them lasting memories, useful skills and enhanced confidence that will last their entire lives.

    This school year we put instruments into 86 schools across the country. And remember that each instrument we give to a school remains there for many years, allowing generations of youngsters to benefit.

    We thank our donors for making stories like this possible. We look forward to sharing our Annual Impact Report with you in the next month. Stay tuned!

Apr 2, 2014

Giving Back for the Gold

Alexia with 20 donated instruments for MHOF
Alexia with 20 donated instruments for MHOF

High school senior and Girl Scout Alexia gave us a heads up to expect four boxes containing 20 instruments at our office. We celebrate when any donor sends us their cherished instrument, but 20?

This New Jersey teen was working towards her Gold Award and chose the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation as her charity project. Working with her dad in the family music store, Alexia repaired and refurbished many of the donated instruments and she even sent along histories of the instruments.

“Music has been such a large part of my life and I am thankful for this opportunity to share music with others, since I know I would not be the person I am today without the opportunities I had in music education. Music provides me an outlet for stress and emotion and has taught me discipline and self-worth; I wish to share all of these lessons and more with younger band students through cooperation with your amazing program.”

Dozens of students will benefit from Alexia’s hard work for years to come!

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