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.
This has been quite a year. Last summer most of the summer music programs across the country were cancelled due to the pandemic. We are allowing our 2020 scholarship recipients to use their scholarships for Summer 2021. Our hope is that by that time there will be a return to a more normal summer for all of us. Arrowbear did provide online experience opportunities for their campers throughout the summer. Laura and I took a road trip to Arrowbear; it was strange to see the camp with no campers. At this time, camps do plan to have their regular programs next summer.
I have watched our live musical experiences disappear only to be replaced with Zoom videos blending individual musicians into a performance. Zoom is entertaining, but it is no match for a live performance. I have substituted for a few music teachers who are finding new ways to teach music to our students. Teachers have to be very creative with the programs available to them. The students seem to be able to navigate through this new way to learn. The main drawback is the time you stare at the computer screen. It really wears one out over a long period of time.
We are still planning to have our 80th Reunion next summer. It will be next Labor Day weekend on September 4, 2021. The question is, “What will this event look like?” The Board of Directors at their next meeting will begin planning for our reunion. If you have any suggestions, please email us. We will keep you updated on our plans on both Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to join us on one of these platforms.
I want to thank you for your generous donations and words of support. We have helped hundreds of young musicians over the past thirty plus years. We will continue our work to help as many students as possible.
I hope that you will have a wonderful holiday season. Please stay healthy and safe through these difficult times.
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HOW CAN I DONATE?
There are multiple ways you can support providing scholarships for summer music camps. We accept donations by check and by credit card through PayPal. For some of you, writing a check, addressing an envelope, and locating a stamp is too time consuming or just flat-out “old school.” There are lots of other ways you can help us help young musicians. Check out these additional options.