Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation

The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation donates musical instruments to under-funded school music programs across the country in an effort to give more students the many benefits of music education, help them achieve more in school and inspire creativity and expression through playing music. Hundreds of thousands of students have benefited and thousands of instruments have been donated to 1,356 school music programs across the country.
Aug 5, 2011

A Year of Impact

Renton High students in Renton WA thank you!
Renton High students in Renton WA thank you!

We are very happy to share this information with you - after all, without you we could not even begin to make a meaningful impact on so many kids' lives. Please find attached the PDF, "A Year of Impact," for a snapshot of our yearly activities and results. We hope you are as pleased as we are that together, we are keeping music alive for so many children!


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



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