Give the Gift of Music to Under-Served Students

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!

Here are some things you can do now to support music education and the work of The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation!


Dec 30, 2013

The time for music is now

    “Music is my life. I can confidently say that. My high school band isn’t the biggest, but we’re definitely one of the most dedicated. Our lives and futures are greatly impacted every day by music and the wonderful people who take the time to teach us what music really is. Throughout my life music has kept me going forward towards a brighter tomorrow."
Christina, student at Hug High School, Reno NV

    Music has the power to transform a child’s life.

    So far this school year we have put instruments into 39 schools across the country and with your help, we expect to help another 40 schools before the school year ends.

    Please make your year-end gift by midnight on December 31 and help bring the joy of music into a child’s life.

    We have a lot of work left to do to keep music alive and free in our schools. Thanks for being on the team and we wish you a great new year!


Sep 24, 2013

Thank you for making a difference

        Because you recognized the importance of giving the gift of music to others, more students were able to join the East Central Junior High Band this Fall. Thanks to you, and others like you, we awarded 1,115 instruments to schools across the nation this year.

East Central Junior High in Tulsa OK. For a full list of schools we awarded this year, click here.
        Having the chance to play an instrument in school is only part of what your support provides for young people. You add joy to their lives, help them be better students, give them confidence and a voice. Your gift will have lasting effects.
        Please consider renewing your commitment to music education by making a donation to The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation today. With your help, we can give hope and joy to another generation of students who find their voice through music.
        Read our latest newsletter to learn more about how you are making a difference in our children's lives.
With gratitude,
Felice Mancini
President and CEO
The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation
Jun 20, 2013

A Legacy

      Last Fall, Rina Stone reached out to us to donate her mother’s violin to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation so that it can once again be used to make music:

“The violin belongs to my 92 year old mother, a holocaust survivor.  She played in a youth symphony in Germany before WWII until she was expelled for being Jewish. Although this is not the original violin she played in her youth, it was purchased about 40 years ago when she decided to start playing again and joined a neighborhood orchestra.”

       This Spring we were excited to inform Rina that her mother’s violin had a new home at Santa Ana High School in Santa Ana, CA; only an hour from where she lives!

       Joseph Kaye, Director of Orchestras at Santa Ana High School, applied for the Michael Kamen Grant last Fall. He was hired to help rebuild Santa Ana High's orchestra program. He started by repairing instruments so that more students could enroll and he also volunteered at the local middle school that feeds into Santa Ana H.S. teaching music after school to ensure a strong incoming freshman class. In just one year he was able to increase the Orchestra program enrollment by 50%. Despite his efforts, and the support from Santa Ana High School and the Santa Ana Unified School District, it was common for two or three students to share the same instrument.

       Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we were able to award Santa Ana High School $400 towards the repair of instruments, two new string bass outfits, a refurbished cello, a refurbished viola, and five refurbished violins. One of the violins we donated to Santa Ana High School belonged to Rina’s mother.

       We shared Rina’s story with Mr. Kaye:
“We are very blessed to have such wonderful instruments and the story behind the donors and their instrument is inspiring. Currently, the violin is being used by Ganelia Espinosa, a freshman in the beginning orchestra who has taken to violin and will be coming in throughout the summer to further her skills.”

       We know how difficult it is to part with a cherished instrument that has memories and history, but knowing that a child like Ganelia will breathe new life into it makes it so worthwhile.

       To learn how you can donate an instrument to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, click here.

       To see a full list of schools we awarded this school year click here.

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Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation

Studio City, CA, United States

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Natalia Hernandez

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Studio City, CA United States

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