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February 27, 2011

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February 27, 2011

I have been a member of the choir for many years and have enjoyed every minute of it. I have also sung for many other concerts, like Let Freedom Sing, Follow the Star, etc. Several years ago, I moved to the Phoenix area, and I miss choir so much! I do still participate in some of the concerts when I can, and thoroughly enjoy myself! Last weekend was Gospel concert. WOW!!!! I didn't sing in this concert, but got to sit and listen this year. It was the best ever!!!! I had so much fun listening to the music!! Every morning all week I have been waking up with one of the songs in my head!! I know many people benefited from hearing this concert too!

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I have seen how kids benefit from Arts Express and how music has a positive impact on their lives.

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I would change nothing. Joan is an amazing lady and so creative and talented. She inspires all of us to do and be more than we think we can be!

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

I have sung in two "Follow The Star" performances along with singing in the Catalina Foothills Church choir for the past three years.
I can honestly say that it is such an unlifting and inspirational experience to work under the direction of Dr. Joan Ashcraft. She is an amazing leader and the
community is so blessed to have the opportunity to attend and enjoy such amazing musical performances.I

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By singing

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not make any changes

February 26, 2011

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February 26, 2011

We feel very blessed to have attended almost every concert that has
been presented by Joan Ashcraft in participation with Catalina Foothills Church during the past ten or so years. . Dr. Joan Ashcraft is our Music Director and is so gifted in her selections of music, musicians and vocalists.
the last concert, "LIFT
ME UP" was no exception. The music was wonderful and always,
without fail, lifts the heart of every hearer. They represent our church
and community in such a marvelous way. We are SO very blessed to
have such a wonderful director and musicians who God has
gifted with such great talent. A wonderful perfomance which has left us with music still ringing in our hearts and a desire and eagerness for the next concert.
We submit this review with grateful hearts filled with thanks.
Dan and Nancy Lupo,

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We have been blessed by the many performances of FOLLOW THE STAR through this organization and are VERY appreciative of this organization.

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We are the blessed recipients of the "product" that comes from all those who labor in love in their ministry ,giving of their time and strength to bless others. We leave every concert giving thanks to GOD for every single musician and every wonderful piece of music He has given....truly a language that crosses EVERY barrier and boundary. What could we possibly want to change?

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

My daughter attended FAYA for three years. It was an incredible experience. Not only did she gain self-confidence, she learned new wasy to express herself. Arts Express has very qualified teachers and provides a supportive learning environment.

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Taking my daughter to/from FAYA; attending showcase performance; talking with FAYA teachers

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Offer a northwest location

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

I attended the Arts Express Let Freedom Sing concert last July and was blown away by the talent. I had no idea that there were such exceptional performers in Tucson. The production was amazing. The volunteers were pleasant and helpful and the experience was incredible. I look forward to this years Let Freedom Sing concert and plan on bringing a large group of friends this time!

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Let Freedom Sing concert July 2010

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February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

Arts Express is the quintessential non-profit organization. Since its foundation, I have been blessed to receive the benefits of its mission not only in Tucson, but accross the world. Shortly after July 4th, 2010, while serving in Afghanistan, I received a DVD of Let Freedom Sing recognizing my unit and all the service members serving abroad.
From experience as a youth volunteer/participant in Let Freedom Sing, Follow the Star, and the Fine Arts Youth Academy, no organization does it better than Arts Express. Children and adults from all economical and sociological backgrounds combine their talents to live up to the AE mission - changing lives and the community through the power of the arts.
I look forward to watching future generations benefit from such a professional and wonderful organization the same way I did.

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Watching the power of the arts vastly improve and transform the lives of people is how I've benfited the greatest from AE.

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Provide more funding to allow Arts Express to expand its outreach and provide more scholarships for underprivileged children to share their talents.

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

I attended the Gospel concert on Sunday, Feb 20, 2011, and was very impressed with the quality of the performance, the professionalism of the group, and the enthusiasm of performers and audience alike! The soloists, in particular, were superbly prepared, poised, and connected with the audience and the choir. The enthusiasm of the conductor was contagious and led to thunderous audience participation - she had us dancing in the aisles! A seasoned chorister myself, I was prepared to be critical of the tone quality and pitch of the choir, but I was more than satisfied with what I heard: floating sopranos, solid altos, and tuneful men - no problem with pitch or tonality.

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--its effect on the audience and on me Sunday, 2/20/2011.

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...not know where to improve it - perfect as-is.

February 21, 2011

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February 21, 2011

As a vocal participant with the community chorus in both Follow the Star and Let Freedom Sing for several years, I have seen the direct benefits to both community and TUSD students of all ages. Our neighbors and family look forward to and inquire about what Arts Express is doing next. I have referred several summer participants to this professionally conducted pragram in the past and plan to continue supporting it in the future. It's an especially fine way to give back to our community and ensure the future through our children.

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My granddaughter and the granddaughter of a friend attended ARTS EXPRESS the summer of '09 and thoroughly enjoyed it and we saw the benefits in both their attitude changes and improved grades the following year.

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Find away to support a number of guaranteed scholarships through public funds and United Way type organizations.

February 18, 2011

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February 18, 2011

Arts Express is a wonderful organization. Their musical produtions border on professional. From the musical arrangements, performers, costumes and organization, everything is exceptional. This is a excellent opportunity for children and adults in our community to participate in the performance arts.

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Let Freedom Sing and Follow the Star

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None!

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

Arts Express is a wonderful organization. Their musical produtions border on professional. From the musical arrangements, performers, costumes and organization, everything is exceptional. This is a excellent opportunity for children and adults in our community to participate in the performance arts.

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Let Freedom Sing and Follow the Star

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None!

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