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.
"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.
“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!
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!
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