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March 19, 2014

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March 19, 2014

It's about so much more than learning a musical instrument. It's about giving kids a chance to see themselves as worthy, capable and beautiful -- and that in turn helps them become the wise, compassionate citizens of tomorrow who will make this world a better place.
March 5, 2014

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March 5, 2014

What FAYM has accomplished in helping young artists, and exciting an awareness of the benefits of musical training in the community, is nothing short of remarkable. I cannot imagine how my career in music would have been possible without the support and encouragement of mentors the likes of FAYM. I consider it a privilege to support this organization because the recipients of FAYM's mission will undoubtedly bring enrichment and beauty to all the lives they touch. FAYM's fame is spreading like wildflowers! Thank goodness for that!

Gary Karr, solo double bassist now retired

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

March 5, 2013

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March 5, 2013

My name is Joshua Sjoen, and I am a graduate composition student at UNLV. I would like to give a big thanks to Mr. Harold Weller, Trustee of the Foundation to Assist Young Musicians for his generous donation of a brand new full size Kurzweil Electronic Keyboard! And also a big thanks to Mr. Bob Thompson, the original donor! If not for this generosity, I would have a fairly difficult time with my work. The keyboard is a big part of my life now, as it is the most important resource that I use while I compose. So far, I have only used it for composing, but as a musician trying to get my foot in the music scene here in Las Vegas, I see great potential in its uses for performance as well. Keyboards are just the most useful tool for any musician! Although I have had limited interaction with FAYM, I would love to be more involved with such a fantastic organization, where the love of music flourishes in the hearts of today's youth.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 17, 2012

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May 17, 2012

Mr Weller, the Trustee of the Foundation, together with my adult kids made it possible for me to attend my youngest son's, Krzysztof, graduation recital at the Eastman School of Music in April, 2012. Krzysztof, the first protege of the Foundation, has been able to develop his skills as a violinist and musician for the last four years and in three days’ time Krzysztof is going to graduate from Eastman School of Music with Bachelor of Music degree. If not the Foundation's financial support and Mr Weller's constant encouragement, Kristof's dream of studying in the USA would have remained only an unfullfilled dream. I am so happy, proud, grateful and just amazed that Mr Weller and his Foundation not only have provided Krzysztof with such wonderful education, but also made it possible for me and Kris to be together at Krzysztof’s important moment of life. It meant so much for us. Thank you, Mr Weller!!!

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 27, 2012

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April 27, 2012

Harold Weller and FAYM change people's lives and bring the beauty of music into hearts and souls!

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

April 12, 2012

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April 12, 2012

As the first recipient of the FAYM Fellowship Award I take great pride and honor in knowing that this non-profit is truly dedicated to bringing music back into our culture and giving the "forgotten children" a warm welcome into the music world. FAYM provides assistance in scholarship form to musicians all across the world! My role with the organization is coordinator of the Violins for Kids Project and media director for FAYM overall. I love doing what I do, the thing that I love best is probably seeing parents take an active role in the education of their children, some of them are even learning how to play the violin themselves! Last but not least I just can't say enough good words about the wonderful man behind FAYM. Hal has proved to me that there are still honest people who want nothing else than to accomplish something greater than yourself. He has served as a great mentor, role model, father figure and friend. If you want to give to an organization that impacts the lives of young musician's directly, please give to FAYM!

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

December 11, 2010

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December 11, 2010


Thanks to Hal Weller and The Foundation to Assist Young Musicians ("FAYM") my cousin, Anthony Trionfo, is now attending the world's first and foremost fine arts boarding high school INTERLOCHEN ARTS ACADEMY: www.academy.interlochen.org



Hal & FAYM along with their most
generous resources were Anthony's champions in securing the largest scholarship awarded in Interlochen's history. They continue to support him with funding for the balance of his tuition as well as offering guidance to Anthony as realizes his potential and the opportunity afforded him in his new environment.



Anthony has thrived at Interlochen. He is a 15 year old flutist and after only 2 months at the school he was declared the winner of its prestigious Concerto Competition. This is the TOP performance honor awarded by the school and this means that Anthony has been recognized as the best of the best on a worldwide scale.



The mission statement of FAYM is to "encourage and support gifted young musicians in early training, advanced study, and professional career development, specifically those who are in need of financial and/or mentoring support."



FAYM is succeeding in fulfilling its mission.

Anthony would not have been in this most incredible position without Hal Weller and FAYM. Our family is eternally grateful and hope others will help support the foundation and its work.



Sincerely

Valerie Trionfo

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Hal & FAYM along with their most generous resources were the champions in securing the largest scholarship ever awarded at world's first and foremost fine arts boarding high school INTERLOCHEN ARTS ACADEMY for my cousin Anthony Trionfo.

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February 26, 2010
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February 26, 2010
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Harold Weller, Trustee of the Foundation, is an incredibly generous man. He put me in touch with Teller (of Penn & Teller) - a wonderful magician and one of the greatest creative minds in the world of theater. The foundation arranged for private meetings with Teller in Las Vegas, NV. Collaborating with Teller has been extremely inspirational. As a pianist and a magician, I've encountered mixed reviews from the conservative classical world regarding my concept of blending the two art forms into one performance. Mr. Weller, however, was always open to my new ideas. I'm impressed with the breadth of vision and imagination demonstrated by the foundation's principles. Thank you Harold Weller and thank you Foundation to Assist Young Musicians for making my dreams come true.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I enjoyed open-minded, passionate people who aren't afraid of the unknown and who are able to take risks in order to achieve the best possible results.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could change the way art education functions in our schools and communities and consequently it could help create new generation of imaginative people

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 18, 2010

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February 18, 2010

FAYM takes a leading role in one of the most important aspects of being a musician in our time, helping YOUNG people, YOUNG musicians to establish themselves in the wide, glorious world of music. I know without FAYM and Hal Weller, many young musicians would not be where they are, at all. FAYM RULES! And, from what I can see from Mr. Weller's ways, it's only set to help more, and more, and more great young musicians, who really do need a helping hand in life! From my own experience, Mr Weller is a kind, generous, and very knowlegable man, who offers great and sound advice, and always puts himself out of his way to help others. All they need now is more people to help them with funding, and I'm sure many will! Alex Prior

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Much advice given, and obvious cases of great support they've given to young msuicians

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure it got more funding!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The fact that it is so sincere

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Conductor

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Bring the US, and the world great musicians, bring the world much beaut and joy, much needed in our day!

Ways to make it better...

No way

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

I'm a piano student from Australia. In early 2008 I went to the United States, for auditions at the universities of Las Vegas and Colorado - these were organised by Maestro Weller. It was through his influence and that of FAYM, that I received a scholarship at the university of Las Vegas. Unfortunately due to personal circumstances I was not able to take up the offer, but I am very grateful for the opportunity and support that Maestro Weller and FAYM offered.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the great opportunities and support that Maestro Weller and FAYM offer to young musicians.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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