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.
May 12, 2011

Students thank MHOF

Below, students find creative ways to thank the Foundation for the instrument donations awarded to their schools.

My Saxophone Legend
by Elizabeth, Thomas Marks Elementary School, Wilson NY (Awarded 2003)

When I was young, I wanted to play.
In the school band, I dreamed of this each day.
I chose my instrument with great care.
The flute or saxophone, which did I dare?

Some sounded high, others were low.
I wanted an instrument that would help me grow.
I finally decided on one with great tone.
This was called the alto saxophone.

My teacher was kind, great and nice.
She taught me to play very precise.
We worked on scales, songs and more.
I tried out for All County and received high scores.

My appreciation goes out to my school organization.
I am so thankful to Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.
I play my instrument and have learned so much.
It’s amazing how many lives they have touched.

By Emma, Marie Curie Middle School 158, Bayside, NY (Awarded 2009)

When the M.S. 158 music program first began,
There were more students than planned.
All the instruments were worn,
Students had to share Ms. Schecter’s French horn.

Everyone did their best
Not to look too depressed.
With what they had, they did what they could
But knowing the program might end was the only thing they understood.

Then, in April of 2009,
A light began to shine.
Angels flew across the nation
Giving us instruments from Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

They gave us 14 instruments that were new.
It was an event no one wanted to undo.
Everyone smiled at each other,
Their music could finally be free from being a hostile.

Today, new instruments make 158 cool
And even influence Josh Groban to come to our school.
We’re winning awards one by one,
It’s like a never ending home-run.

All the concerts we have are a huge success
It’s all thanks to the instruments nonetheless.
Our music in NYSSMA has been raised to a level 3
It’s been hard, but when completed, people smile with glee.

But the main reason I love music in my day
Isn’t to take trophies and fly away.
It’s because I get to stop being so tense in my own heaven,
Otherwise called a place called B27.

Below find a link to a Song by Sehyn and Julia, Esperanza High School, Anaheim, CA (Awarded Fall 2002)


Feb 10, 2011

A New Year Begins

     A new year has begun. Here's what you have helped us do so far:

  • January 1997 - the foundation gives its very first instrument grant to Henry Grady High School in Atlanta GA.
  • January 2011 - 1,124 schools and thousands of students have benefited from your kindness and support.

     We'd say we've done some great work together for music education. We couldn't have done it without you.

     Next month, we are headed to Carnegie Hall to present five teachers with The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation Award. The award recognizes teachers who best emulate the personal characteristics and dedication of "Mr. Holland" portrayed by Richard Dreyfuss in the 1995 hit movie, "Mr. Holland's Opus." In addition to the honor, each teacher will receive $10,000. To read more about this event, please read the attached PDF or follow the link below. 

     In the year ahead, the foundation's staff and board are excited and inspired to do all we can to help more and more young people by giving them instruments to play. The gift of music is ours to give. Thank you for your help.

The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation Team


Nov 19, 2010

A Note of Thanks

White Cloud Jr. High Student
White Cloud Jr. High Student


What we do is only possible because of you. We wish you a very happy holiday season and we thank you for keeping music alive for our children.

Below is a message from a student thanking The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation for giving her the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument.

Dear Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation,

My name is Kyla Maring, from White Cloud 6th grade band. I haven't had an instrument in 2 months, and I went up to my teacher, and she handed me this amazing clarinet. I'm so happy that you are kind enough to donate an instrument to me. I was so excited to begin to learn the clarinet, but I wasn't able to have that chance without a clarinet. But I have to thank you so much for donating this clarinet to me.


6th Grade Student, Kyla, White Cloud Jr. High, White Cloud, MI

Below, a music teacher thanks The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation for enabling her music program to grow.

I am so pleased with what my students have gained from having these instruments. The instruments are all in good shape and because we have so many instruments now I can take on more students than ever and even though 25 of my students moved up to middle school I still went from having 120 students to having over 150 now!

Laura Dean, Music Teacher, Chester Park Elementary School of the Arts, Chester, SC

Keep music alive for many youngsters this holiday season and send a beautiful card to your family, friends and colleagues.


Chester Park Elem Students
Chester Park Elem Students

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