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.
Feb 16, 2010

A Teacher Thanks MHOF

Below is a message from a teacher thanking The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation for the instruments that were donated to her school.

“I just wanted to let you know that the recent donation awarded by the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation has made a huge impact on the music students at Fairfax Elementary School. Your kindness also created waves of enthusiasm amongst the local community surrounding Fairfax Elementary. To this day, I still hear people talking about this magnificent contribution your foundation bestowed upon our school site. I am truly at a loss for words to describe my feelings. All I know is that your charity has helped make my dreams come true. The opportunity for me to teach any interested music student is now a reality. Thank you, thank you, thank you!” Teacher, San Bernardino CA

Sep 10, 2009

A Donor's Story

Below, a long-time supporter of The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, shares her story.

"I was fortunate to grow up in a community that supported a music program in the public schools. In elementary school, I was introduced to the violin, an instrument that I played until I graduated from college. It was in middle school where I also learned to play the clarinet and joined the band. I simply cannot imagine my life without music in it, and I attribute my scholastic and career success to the discipline that came from learning to play a musical instrument. Although I am continually disappointed to see music and art programs among the first to be cut when public funding becomes tight, I laud Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation for doing what it can to support music programs in the schools and in communities. By supporting your efforts, I’m hoping that future generations of students will derive the same benefit and pleasure from playing a musical instrument as I have."

- Jaya Rao, Chapel Hill, NC

Aug 25, 2009

A Student Thanks MHOF

A Student Thanks MHOF
A Student Thanks MHOF

Below is a message from Sarina, thanking The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation for the instruments that were donated to her school.

"Thank you for the new instruments. Your time and effort to personally deliver our brand new instruments was truly appreciated. I was so honored to be able to meet the representatives and then be able to personally show them the musicians they are are benefiting. Many of my classmates share instruments, more students can go home and practice which will increase the improvements of our ensemble and decrease the amount of time spent in class going over one section. Our ensemble was growing before we received the proper instruments but now we will be able to flourish since we have new ones. There have been times when we would have to stop in the middle or rehearsal when an instruments stops playing correctly or when it is grossly out of tune. We would have to wait until the teacher makes a temporary repair in order for us to continue rehearsing with a balanced sound and to have the student continue playing the instrument. Now with the grant, the teacher will be able to teach more and spend less time on repairing malfunctioning instruments. We will be able to progress faster and sound more advanced as an ensemble... Once again, thank you for taking the time and effort to fly to New York and deliver our precious instruments."

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