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.
Apr 21, 2015

A rock legend comes through

Eddie, Jose and Vince
Eddie, Jose and Vince

       In June 2014, Jose Cortes, a proud guitar player in Vince Womack's Jazz Band, graduated from Foshay Learning Academy in South Los Angeles. His best memories in school were being in band.

       "I remember that every time we had a performance, every single one of the band members gave their very best. There were times when we played for just a handful of people and other times we played for hundreds of people. No matter how many people we performed for, everyone played with such passion that it was contagious."

       Read the rest of the story in our Spring Newsletter.

Jan 20, 2015

On the right track


      "I have never seen my students so excited about music. The instruments have given new life to our band program! Because of your donation, new students can join our instrumental ensembles and our current students can now play on quality instruments.

     It is cliché, but at my school, music truly saves lives by providing students with an opportunity for success and a positive activity to pursue in and outside of school. Your donation will put several students on the right track in life- something for which I will be forever grateful."
Sarah H. Fischer, Columbus North International School, Columbus OH

      Sarah is just one of many teachers who saw the delight on her student's faces when receiving new instruments this school year - instruments that you helped to provide. Spring concerts will sound so much better now that kids will play on great instruments. Their confidence will soar as will their love of playing music in school. Thank you for giving them this opportunity.

      We awarded 89 schools this school year and we have just opened up our new grant cycle! It is our goal to put hundreds of instruments into 90 deserving schools where thousands of kids will benefit. We couldn’t do it without you and we’re very grateful. Visit our Facebook page to read some great stories from grateful students, teachers, parents and donors. On their behalf, we thank you!
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.

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