Holidays at Midwest Young Artists Filled With Music

Students with the help of amazing teachers created magical music to lift the spirit this holiday week. Allan and I took in the last Welcome Yule Concert at Symphony Center on Monday.  Through Gary Fry's creative genius in arranging the program, and Stevi Marks hard work, energy and enthusiasm rehearsing the students, our Voices Rising chorus lifted their voices and brightened the holidays for a last sold out performance, their 8th concert in the CSO series!  MYA parent volunteer, Karee Buerger put together this video montage of the Welcome Yule experience.  

Friday evening was our Alumni Concert, held in Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia.  It is always heartwarming to see the students (and their parents) come back, still passionate about the music that we all love.  The Alum Jazz Combo was amazing this year (Dan Chmielinski '12/bass; Ethan Kogan '09/drums; Daniel Berkey '13/saxophone; and Shane Simpson '11/piano) and Nick Hersh ('06 Alum, Cello) played a beautiful opening solo in Rossini's William Tell Overture, on a fabulous orchestra program of film music.

On Saturday and Sunday, we again held the 18th Annual Walgreens National Concerto Competition.  The MYA Orchestra Division at Bennett Gordon Hall on the Ravinia campus was covered by ABC 7 News.  Senior winners will perform with MYA's Symphony Orchestra on February 22, 2014, in Symphony Center at 3 p.m.  For two full days, we again witnessed what an incredible level of talent and disciplined hard work produces.  

$5,000 for Heat the Fort in 50 hours? Challenge accepted.


Thanks to the generosity of our friends and family this past weekend, Midwest Young Artists has raised $10,000 for our Heat the Fort campaign.

However, the battle is only halfway fought. We need your help to be able to replace our broken boiler and continue to maintain the system and keep our building heated. 

Now for our next challenge...

Can we raise $5,000 before 11:59 p.m. on Christmas Day?

Seems difficult, but think about it: if everyone gives just a little bit, we can reach our goal.
$5,000 is just 100 $50 donations.

Or 50 $100 donations.

Maybe even 500 $10 donations!

The impact of each donation, no matter the amount, will truly be felt by each and every student and family member that walks into the MYA Center.

CLICK HERE to help us reach our goal! 

29 days. $20,000. Help Heat the Fort today!

Pay it forward this holiday season on Giving Tuesday.
Help MYA Heat the Fort!

We know exactly what you are thinking: What is Giving Tuesday?  And what does it have to do with MYA?

#GivingTuesday is the pay-it-forward response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Instead of buying material items for friends and family, the international movement encourages citizens to kick off their holiday giving seasons on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, and make contributions to charitable organizations or non-profit organizations that are important to them.

About a month ago, MYA was informed that the one of the three boilers that regulate the heat in the Fort Sheridan building we all know and love needs to be replaced. 

Midwest Young Artists must raise $20,000 before January 1, 2014 in order to be able to replace the broken boiler, install a new boiler, and continue to Heat the Fort. Every dollar that you are able to give will help MYA to continue to maintain the “home” part of their mission to “build a home with the power of music to enrich the lives of students and community”. 

CLICK HERE to join the nation on Giving Tuesday and kick off your holiday charitable giving by helping MYA Heat the Fort! 

Select "General Operations" from the drop down menu and 
make sure to write "Heat the Fort" in the box titled 
"Please share any other notes about this gift to MYA"

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