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 Spring edition of our newsletter. As summer approaches, I hope you are doing well. The Associates is hosting our 80th Reunion Fundraiser on September 4, 2022. The schedule for the day will be similar to our last Reunion. There will be a group photo in the morning, followed by the rehearsal of the choir and orchestra. After lunch, there will be singing followed by chamber music, a brass ensemble, a photo booth, and free time to visit. The concert will be at 5:00 followed by dinner. More details will follow in the next few months. Be sure to mark the date on your calendar now. Contact your Arrowbear friends on social media and make sure they’re planning to come as well.
We hope this will be time to reunite with old friends and to reminisce about a different time in our lives. It will be a time to remember those we have lost since the last time we were together at Arrowbear. It will be a time to celebrate the future of music education, and it will be a time to get away from our busy lives and to take time to breathe.
Many music camps are restarting their summer sessions, but they are all struggling with one particular issue. They are having difficulty recruiting students to attend their programs. Why? The number of students enrolled in school music programs is down significantly. Scholarship applicants told us in their letters that their school has only one clarinet or one saxophone in their advanced bands. There are fewer string players in the school orchestras. At-home learning for two school years has resulted in fewer students enrolled in the arts and slower progress in mastering their instruments. I’ve seen this myself when I substitute for the music teachers in Long Beach. All music camp programs are competing for the same small pool of potential campers.
One thought, Larke recently commented that a summer camp experience is different than summer school. At a summer camp, you live together, learn new things, and participate in activities together with old and new friends. After having this camping experience, they come home having grown musically and with a renewed sense of purpose.
We just finished awarding scholarships for this summer. Every student who applied received a scholarship. Many thanks to all of you donated to our scholarship fund. Many of our recipients could not have attended a summer music camp program without your help. We exist because of your support.
In closing, I hope to see you at our Reunion in September.
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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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