As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, our mission is to provide scholarships to young people from elementary school age through college age so that they may participate in the educational experience of attending a summer music camp in the specific areas of instrumental and/or vocal music. Our mission includes the intention to promote the study and enjoyment of music and the arts, to encourage discipline and aesthetics in education, to provide opportunities for young people to share their art at a high level of excellence, and to meet with and explore ideas with other young people of various backgrounds, but similar interests. Secondarily, our mission is to promote the musical arts in performance and to give local communities an opportunity to view today’s youth in a positive and constructive light.
Welcome to the winter edition of our newsletter. Last summer, many music camps still did not offer regular sessions. Some of them went virtual; many cancelled again because of the uncertainties. A few music camps went out of business. Fortunately, Arrowbear did have their Jazz, Choral, Intermediate, and Advanced sessions, but with limited numbers and distancing protocols. The summer music programs are at a serious crossroads. Their very existence will be determined by what happens in the next few years. Some parents were not comfortable sending their children to an overnight experience because of the risks; however, it is my hope that these programs survive. They provide a unique experience that cannot be duplicated while viewing a computer screen.
I currently substitute for teachers in the Long Beach Unified School District. The music teachers are adapting their instruction to meet the social distancing rules. Many are having rehearsals outside or have students spaced out all across their classrooms. This fall many are having their fall concerts in new and unique ways.
Our organization recently participated the Long Beach Gives fundraising event. We have earmarked these funds for private lessons for middle school students. We want to thank all of you who have donated to our organization. We awarded forty-three scholarships last summer despite the pandemic. The recipients were so excited to attend Arrowbear and play music with their peers after months of staying home and playing virtually.
Ross Durand, a former camper and present-day staff member of Arrowbear, is featured in this edition with his perspective on what is presently happening at Arrowbear. I was his counselor many years ago, and I have enjoyed watched him grow into an outstanding leader and teacher. Find his article on the Alumni page of this website.
At this time, we are still planning to have the 80th Reunion next summer on Labor Day weekend. The reunion is one of our fundraising events that we host every five years. We’re hopeful that having this event will be possible and safe for all who can attend.
I hope that you have a wonderful holiday season. Please stay healthy and safe through these difficult times.
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We grant scholarships to any accredited instrumental or choral music camp in the United States. Applications are available beginning February 1 and are due in mid-April.
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