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.
Dec 28, 2012

The Time for Music is Now

I.S. 52 Inwood Middle School Band in New York, NY
I.S. 52 Inwood Middle School Band in New York, NY

     An instrument donation from the The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation will benefit a school for years to come.

Below is an update from a school that was awarded a few years ago:

December 21, 2012

Hi Tricia and Everyone at MHOF,

I just caught my breath after all our performances and wanted to get this off to you before the holiday break. My students' appetite for music is insatiable! At our school's holiday show this year we performed twice the amount of music we normally do to an audience filled with admirers, supporters, and many band alumni from years past. We also spent our mornings before school this week marching the neighborhood and visiting the area elementary schools for the Tiger Band version of caroling. I was apprehensive about leading a marching band through the streets at 7:30AM but my principal and the community loved it and we put a lot of smiles on a lot of faces. One woman who saw us and is otherwise unaffiliated with our school, bought and delivered dozens upon dozens of donuts and hot chocolate to award the hard working band members! So as you can tell, the I.S.52 Inwood Tiger Band is still going strong, thanks in large part to the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation.

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year,

Brian Moore
Band Director/ Music Teacher
I.S. 52 Inwood Middle School
New York, NY

P.S. I attached a quick photo I took right before a performance- a little out of focus but I think it captures the energy and enthusiasm of the band nicely!

Make your year-end gift today and put an instrument into a child's hands this school year!

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Sep 28, 2012

A Year of Impact

     In 2005, Eugene Cottrell, the Director of Bands at Northwood High School in Pittsboro NC, received the Mr. Holland's Opus Award for his dedication to his students and to his profession. And before that, the foundation donated instruments, including a grand marimba, to his wonderful program. Here is an essay by one of his students about how playing it affects her life: http://www.mhopus.org/News/A-grand-result

    Through our work and because of the generosity of our donors, we have had a direct impact on many young people. They have benefited in myriad ways, and we believe they will carry the skills they have learned and their memories of playing music in school with them for the rest of their lives.

    I am pleased to share with you the results and some of the highlights of our last fiscal and school year. Without those who supported our efforts, these life-enriching experiences would not have been possible. We will continue to do our very best to keep music alive and free in our schools.

    Please read about our year of impact here: http://www.mhopus.org/About-Us/Newsletter

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Jun 28, 2012

Wrapping Up

Jessica, 5th grade, Pennington Elementary
Jessica, 5th grade, Pennington Elementary

     Kids light up when they hold a new instrument. So you can imagine the joy and the smiles that were created in the 98 schools across the country that we helped during the last school year. The 1,683 instruments we distributed not only made students happy and more accomplished, but will help to secure a place for music for all the kids who will play them in years to come.

     Sandy Craig, Principal at Pennington Elementary in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, expresses her gratitude for receiving an instrument grant this school year:

"The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation grant will provide musical instruments to every 5th and 6th grader at Pennington Elementary. Our students have limited resources outside of the school setting for any type of enrichment activities. This grant puts opportunity at their finger tips. These instruments will maintain music instruction at our school for generations to come. We can never thank the foundation enough for this generous and unexpected gift."

     As we gather instruments for the upcoming school year, we thank our donors who make it all possible, and we thank the thousands of grateful youngsters who make those instruments sing. Below is a link to a list of all the exceptional schools we helped in the 2011/2012 school year.

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