Volume 14, Issue 3 Spring 2011 Using music and the arts to enhance students’ academic performance and general development. ETM Celebrates 20 Years in Style The success of ETM’s model captured the attention of Dante Di Loreto, a producer shaping public opinion about music education with his sensational show. Damkohler continued, “The fact of the matter is that Dante’s latest project, Glee, has advocated more for music education in its few short seasons, than many arts advocates could accomplish in decades.” Those in attendance at the event included Glee stars Jane Lynch, Darren Criss, Chord Overstreet and Jenna Dante Di Loreto accepts an award for exUshkowitz, as well as Emmy Award- traordinary advocacy for music educaiton. winning actor Anthony Edwards (E.R., Top Gun), Pulitzer Prize-winning graphed Glee paraphernalia, fabulous playwright Bruce Norris (Claybourne trips, and amazing New York experiPark), and Grammy Award-winning ences. As the bidding closed, guests violinist Joshua Bell. But the true stars of the night were ETM’s partner school made their way into the dining room, students, whose talents were show- where ETM Chairman of the Board Michael Schaefer thanked the attendcased throughout the evening. From the instant guests ees: “Your support here tonight will stepped out of their vehicles, they provide ETM’s children with memowere reminded of the impact their ries of music and an appreciation for support makes upon the lives of the arts that will last their whole lives.” children. The 5th grade jazz band Benefit Co-chair and Board member of P.S. 76, led by Jessica Parr, wel- Heather Hanssen thanked supporters comed guests along an ETM red and staff, and introduced Director of carpet. Inside, a string ensemble Programs Peter Pauliks to the stage. Pauliks directed a chorus of stufrom M.S. 180, led by Leah Potteiger, performed from the balcony. dent musicians from four ETM partSt. Anselm School’s guitar ensem- ner schools who had joined forces to ble, under the direction of Robert present a musical tribute to Di Loreto. Popescu, played during the cock- String players from M.S. 180 in Co-op tail hour, where guests could take City accompanied a vocal ensemble in the scenic view of the Hudson made up of middle school students “Glee” star Jane Lynch poses with the St. Anfrom both M.S. 424 in the Bronx and selm guitar ensemble led by ETM Music Teacher River while bidding in the Silent St. Ann’s School in East Harlem as Auction for items including autoRobert Popescu. (Continued on page 3, additional photos on pages 4-5) On May 15th, Education Through Music celebrated its 20th Anniversary by honoring Dante Di Loreto, executive producer of the hit television series, Glee, at ETM’s Children’s Benefit. Over 300 guests gathered at Chelsea Piers–Pier 60 to recognize Di Loreto for his outstanding work as a national advocate for music education, and to commemorate ETM’s 20 years of dedicated service and progress. The event raised over $300,000 for music education, making it the most successful benefit in ETM’s history. ETM Executive Director Katherine Damkohler declared, “Nothing is more symbolic of ETM’s growth and expansion than its partnership with tonight’s honoree: Dante Di Loreto.” Twenty years ago, ETM began working with a single school to serve 175 children; today, the model reaches over 19,000 children nationwide. ETM Notes Administrative Staff Katherine Damkohler Executive Director Rainah Berlowitz Director of Operations Katherine Canning Director of Development & Program Evaluation Angela Morrissey Communications & Events Manager Erica Bilko Financial & Administrative Assoc. Julie Rubinger Dominique Salerno Development Associates Program Staff Peter Pauliks Director of Programs Nicholas LaFleur Assistant Program Director Chris Marolf Professional Development and Consulting Specialist Allison Mickelson Field Supervisor Board of Directors Michael R. Schaefer Chairman Katherine D. Elliott Treasurer Eldon C. Mayer, Jr. Founder Edmund R. Schroeder Chairman Emeritus, Founder Richard P. Davies Rick Dobbis Jennifer M. Goff Victor J. Goldberg Heather A. Hanssen Karen M. Karlsrud Mara L. Klein Anthony F. Lo Cicero Andrew J. Malik Joseph F. McDonald Nancy P. Northern Edward J. Petner David E. Stiepleman Emily H. Susskind Anne T. Vitale Candace Wainwright Katy L. Weinberger Robert A. Weisstuch Advisory Committee Joshua Bell The 5 Browns Misha Dichter Peter Flanigan Marilyn Horne Jane Remer Thomas Sobol Harold Tanner Walfredo Toscanini Spring 2011 ETM Welcomes Two New Board Members ETM is pleased to announce the March election of Jennifer M. Goff and Candace Wainwright to the Board of Directors. Jennifer M. Goff has served as an ETM Associate for the past three years. She currently works as an Operations Analyst at Greenlight Capital, and serves on the Board of Partial Comfort Productions. Ms. Goff received her B.A. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Candace Wainwright formerly worked for Expeditionary Learning Schools (ELS) for twelve years, where she held a variety of positions including Director of Professional Development, Director of Personnel, and Director of Human Resources. She has also served on the ELS Management Committee for eight years. Ms. Wainwright received her B.A. in English from Smith College. Four Partner Schools Participate in Bronx Week Parade On Sunday, May 22nd, over 150 students from ETM partner schools P.S. 43, P.S. 48, P.S. 76 and P.S. 121 joined Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. in celebration of the grand finale of Bronx Week 2011. Together with other school groups, floats, and community groups, our ETM partner students made their way up Mosholu Parkway showcasing their musical talents. ETM students marched alongside the newest members of the Bronx Walk of Fame, Chazz Palminteri, Irene Cara, Joy Bryant, and Charles Latibeaudiere, whose names now appear on plaques on the Grand Concourse. After the parade, hundreds of residents enjoyed the Bronx Week Food, Art & Music Festival, featuring popular restaurants, arts and crafts, the Bronx Arm Wrestling Championship, and games and activities for kids. On the main stage, hip hop legends Big Daddy Kane and Force MD’s, the bachata group Xtreme, and the salsa band Conjunto Imagen performed for the crowd. ETM partner school students were thrilled to participate in this celebration of the Bronx community. ETM partner school students proudly perform for the Bronx Community. ETM Needs Marathon Runners! Interested in running the ING NYC Marathon and supporting music education for New York City’s most disadvantaged youth? For the second year in a row, ETM has secured a limited number of spots in the ING New York City Marathon, on November 6, 2011, through the Community Charity Program. We encourage our supporters to participate or invite family and friends to run with 2 Team ETM. This is an amazing opportunity to raise money for education while sharing a life-changing, powerful experience with thousands of other runners from across the globe. If you or anyone else you know is interested in running the race, visit www.ETMonline.org/marathon or contact Angie Morrissey at 212-972-4788 or [email protected] ETM Honors Di Loreto for Arts Advocacy (Continued from page 1) well as 2nd graders from P.S. 169 in the Bronx. The children performed Rollo A. Dilworth’s upbeat tune, Everlasting Melody, followed by Victor C. Johnson’s heartfelt Will You Teach Me?, as a slideshow of ETM students played for the audience. Parents of the performers stood in the back of the room and watched their children; one parent turned to an ETM staff member and shared, “I am so proud.” After the performance, Damkohler explained how Di Loreto, seeking to actively support music education, had first reached out to ETM. Di Loreto facilitated a Fox, Glee, and American Express Winter-Wonderland event last December, which highlighted students from ETM-LA (an organization licensed by ETM to replicate the model in Los Angeles), and which resulted in a significant donation to ETM. Di Loreto continued his collaboration with ETM and toured one of ETM’s New York City partner schools this spring. This visit was captured on video by Fox and shared with the audience that evening. Turning to Di Loreto, Damkohler remarked, “Dante, on behalf of our Board, staff, and the children in our partner schools, we thank you for your passion and dedication to music education. You have helped us with both your art and your actions, and we proudly honor you tonight.” Damkohler invited Emmy Awardwinning actress Jane Lynch to the stage to present Di Loreto with his award for outstanding music advocacy. Lynch reinforced her admiration for Di Loreto’s commitment to arts education, saying, “Dante leads by example, and I think that even Sue Sylvester would be tempted to support him in his collaboration with this worthy organization. I know that I do.” Upon taking the stage, Di Loreto spoke from the heart, sharing his personal experience of seeing youth in underprivileged communities, learning of their lack of arts education, and realizing that their talents may never be discovered. “It is a sad commentary on our society that music education is thought of as extracurricular, and not core curriculum,” he remarked. “We don’t want these students to be better musicians; we want them to better human Dante Di Loreto, Anthony Edwards, Joshua Bell and Jane Lynch. beings. Thankfully you know this. It’s ning the latest hits for guests on the dance floor. After-party guests enjoyed why you are here tonight.” After dinner, Sara Friedlander, a an open bar and mingled outside in the Christie’s auctioneer, led a Live Auc- fresh night air. The event’s success will tion, with guests bidding on one-of-a- enable ETM to provide music educakind items including a week stay at an tion for thousands of New York City’s Italian villa, a boat trip sailing along students. As ETM enters its 21st year, the coast of Maine, a backstage tour of the support from the benefit will transthe Glee set, and tickets to American late into supplies for classrooms, inIdol’s Season Finale. The live auction struments for ensembles, and artistic was immediately followed by a paddle opportunities for ETM partner school raiser. This inspirational and spontane- students. ETM thanks all of the indious giving by ETM’s supporters was a viduals involved in making the benefit highlight of the evening. Thanks to the a success. If you have any interest in congenerosity of the many auction vendors, bidders and donors, the live auc- tributing to future ETM events, please tion and paddle raiser generated over contact Angie Morrissey at 212-9724788 or [email protected] $90,000 to support ETM’s activities. Just when guests thought the evening’s festivities were winding down, ETM extends special thanks to: violinist Joshua Bell took the stage. Bell had already performed two full Alex Creasia concerts in Florida that day, and arDante Di Loreto rived at the Benefit directly from the Rick Dobbis airport. Bell amused the crowd with his description of how he had rushed the Jonathan Furr tempo of his final piece in Florida in an Heather Hanssen effort to catch his flight to New York to Elissa Johansmeier support ETM. Bell discussed his hisWill Pellegrini tory with ETM as an Advisory ComTracey Raftery mittee member, and his passion for the organization’s work. He then perETM thanks ALL of the wonderformed a playful arrangement of Yanful sponsors, donors, volunteers, kee Doodle Dandy (which he recently guests, committees and Pier 60 performed for the President himself) staff for their time, effort and and the entire room rose to its feet in support in making the ETM 20th applause. Anniversary Children’s Benefit a The festivities continued late into great success! the night, with celebrity DJ Zeke spin- 3 ETM Notes Spring 2011 ETM’s 20th Anniversary Children’s Benefit: A Gleeful Celebration ETM’s 20th Anniversary Children’s Benefit: A Night to Remember. Actors Will Malnati, Jenna Ushkowitz (Glee), and Michael Trevino (Vampire Diaries). Danon Robinson stands with his wife and Benefit Co-Chair, Heather Hanssen. Jenna Ushkowitz poses with “Glee” fan Sydney Rosh. Mother and daughter, Kathy and Adison Martin. Dr. Louis Bisogni, physician for the New York Yankees, and Gina Della Femina enjoy the evening’s ceremony and dinner. Jane Lynch poses with ETM Music Teacher Leah Potteiger and students from M.S. 180. Joshua Bell performs a rendition of Yankee Doodle for the riveted crowd. Above: ETM Chairman of the Board Michael Schaefer and Honoree Dante Di Loreto. Below: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Bruce Norris and Emmy award-winning actress Jane Lynch applaud ETM students for their stellar performance. The Baltic Family smiles during the cocktail reception. Guests take in the glorious view of the Hudson in Pier 60’s glass atrium. Jeremy Coffey, Michelle Coffey, ETM Co-founder Eldon Mayer, Betts Mayer and Erika Neumann at the Silent Auction and Cocktail Hour. 4 ETM partner school students perform. Emily Susskind (ETM Board Member), Dante Di Loreto and Katherine Damkohler (ETM Executive Director). Julia Stringer, Dante Di Loreto, and Rob Stringer, Chairman of Columbia/Epic Label Group. Ali Galgano (Charm and Chain Founder), Darren Criss (Glee), and Sarah Friedlander (Christie’s Auctioneer) smile for the cameras. 5 Photography courtesy of Chris Marolf, Su Barr and Frank Krumrie. For more photos, see www.ETMonline.org. ETM Notes Spring 2011 P.S. 76 Students Perform “Geology Rocks” This spring, P.S. 76 in the Bronx staged a full-scale musical production, “Geology Rocks.” With a cast of over 200 students, the production featured the musical talents and scientific knowledge of the entire fourth grade. The musical follows the adventures of students on a field trip to the museum. When a teacher, “Professor Rock,” mysteriously disappears, the students embark on an exciting journey underground and underwater in search of her. Along the way, they learn about the continental plates, rock cycle, and underwater ecosystem. After the children finally find Professor Rock, they conclude the show with a song about the planet: O, Colored Earth. The fourth graders spent weeks preparing for this impressive production that included a vast array of props, scenery, and costumes. The show came together thanks to the dedication of the students, and the help of many members of the school community. ETM thanks P.S. 76 Principal Louise Sedotto and Assistant Principals Julie Falco, Maria Cioffi, and Karen Humphrey for the effort they put into this school-wide initiative. ETM also thanks the classroom teachers, school aides, and custodial staff for going the extra mile to help make the production great. A final thanks to Dean Ford and other parents who donated their time, tools, and expertise to help with set construction. ETM Director of Programs Peter Pauliks reviews the choreography with the students. The Blue Pages Rock Out with P.S. 43 On May 18th, alternative rock band The Blue Pages performed at P.S. 43 in the Bronx for the entire fifth grade. The Brooklyn-based group played both original work and covers of popular songs for the students. The performers also spoke about tackling some challenges of performing, since the students were in the process of preparing for the school’s Spring Concert. The band members reinforced the importance of concert preparation, and addressed issues including: dealing with nerves, reviewing one’s music, remembering to smile and having fun with the experience. The students enjoyed hearing such veteran musicians discuss their concert experiences, and they left the assembly excited to perform their concert. ETM thanks The Blue Pages for their time and the administration at P.S. 43 for organizing this wonderful event. Because The Blue Pages strongly believe in ETM’s mission of enhancing students’ academic performance and general development through music, the band will be donating 50% of all proceeds from their latest album, Anthropology, to ETM. For more information about The Blue Pages and their efforts please visit www.thebluepagesmusic.com. 6 ETM Presents to Principals at New Orleans Conference During the last week of April, ETM Executive Director Katherine Damkohler and Director of Programs Peter Pauliks travelled to New Orleans to present at the 2011 National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Convention & Exposition. The conference is considered to be the biggest Catholic education professional development event of the year, bringing together school leaders, ad- Students pose in character before the show. A P.S. 76 student prepares for the musical performance. Did You Know? Spending on arts materials and supplies in elementary and middle schools decreased by 85% from 2007 to 2010. New York City Department of Education’s Division of Teaching and Learning, “Annual Arts in Schools Report 2009-10”, released 2011 . ministrators, and other educators from across the country to learn from one another and share best practices. Ms. Damkohler and Mr. Pauliks led a session titled, “Leading Quality Arts Education Through Meaningful Partnerships: A Principal’s Guide,” and shared their expertise in working with principals to design and sustain highquality arts education programs. Foundation, Corporate & Government Supporters 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 20th Century Fox Television & Fox Broadcasting Company Allstate Foundation Altman Foundation American Eagle Outfitters Foundation American Express The Aria Foundation Assurant Foundation Avon Products, Inc. Bangs Russell Foundation Barclay’s Bay and Paul Foundations Bettina Baruch Foundation David and Minnie Berk Foundation Bloomberg Philanthropies Bodman Foundation Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton Colgate-Palmolive Company Con Edison Creative Artists Agency D’Addario Foundation The Dana Foundation Dancing Tides Foundation Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Embassy Row Edward A. Fogel Foundation Sidney E. Frank Foundation Fred Flare Inc. Funny Garbage Gilder Foundation Foundation for Global Sports Development Goldman Sachs Gramercy Park Foundation Eugene and Emily Grant Family Foundation Susan and Richard Hare Family Foundation Sylvain & Marjorie Heumann Family Foundation Horne Family Foundation Hot Topic Foundation Institute for Acoustics for the Performing Arts Jockey Hollow Foundation Konami Digital Entertainment Emily Davie & Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation The Krumholz Foundation Douglas C. Lane & Associates Lotos Foundation Manhattan Borough President’s Office The McGraw-Hill Companies Mertz Gilmore Foundation National Endowment for the Arts New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund New York City Department of Cultural Affairs New York City Department of Education New York Community Trust New York State Council on the Arts New York State Education Department Newman’s Own Foundation Henry E. Niles Foundation Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation RBC Foundation - USA The David Rockefeller Fund May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation Safra Bank Simple Actions Family Foundation Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation Sony Music Entertainment/Columbia Records Ernst C. Stiefel Foundation TPG Opportunities Partners Michael Tuch Foundation UJA-Federation of New York Ullmann Family Foundation Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation Yale University Whiffenpoofs ETM’s 2010-11 programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties. 7 “My favorite part of the concert was that we worked so hard. I didn’t think we could do it but we did it as a team.” -5th Grade Student, Bronx ETM Associates Steering Committee Restructures for Expansion This February, the ETM Associates Steering Committee elected new officers. ETM congratulates Chair Dan Zaccagnino, Vice Chair Jennifer Goff, Recruiting Chair Nicholas Glover, Treasurer Caroline Adams, and Secretary Brooke Berescik-Johns and thanks them for their commitment to serving ETM’s mission. The ETM Associates will continue their year-round fundraising efforts, while focusing on recruiting more members and expanding their advocacy and outreach. Stay tuned for news on future ETM Associates Events via Facebook, Twitter and www.ETMonline.org. If you would like more information regarding the ETM Associates please contact Angie Morrissey at [email protected] 122 East 42nd St., Suite 1501 New York, NY 10168-1503 Tel: 212 972 4788 Fax: 212 972 4864 www.ETMonline.org Coming This September: ETM’s 2nd Annual Golf Outing! Join us this fall for a day of golfing in support of music education. More information will be available in the coming weeks. Watch your mail or visit www.ETMonline.org.
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