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March 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 1, 2011

Scottsdale Musical Arts was founded and is operated by several professionally trained instructors. They teach theory, voice, and orchestra, and are absolutely wonderful with the kids. SMA teaches that the experiences created with music help shape who a person is. Several concerts are offered throughout the year, in different parts of the community. Often the concerts are held in partnership with Christian ministeries, and the Lord's influence in the instruction and making our children better is very real. The SMA has also had the opportunity to sing national anthems at sporting events, and has exciting tour plans. All of this helps create new friendship. I think the focus is on creating positive children through positive musical experiences.

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Seeing the confidence of our children growing, watching community concerts.

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Can't think of any, I completely trust the instructors of the group to know what is best for my children.

March 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 1, 2011

My daughter is a member of Scottsdale Youth Orchestra. She has grown as a musician from her experience. Brett Robinson is very nurturing and a wonderful mentor fir the children.

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My daughter has gained valuable experience.

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None

March 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 1, 2011

The choir directors are excellent with the children, and are very capable in their musical field. They're very patient and understanding. At times, tho, things (activities or events, etc.) are promised which don't materialize without explanation, so the kids are disappointed. Need to follow thru on things a little more.

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My daughter joined the choir last year, and has enjoyed participating in concert performances and the wide selection of choral music. Also attened adult choir performances.

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Need to follow thru on some items. Also, need to publicize concerts, and improve record keeping/bookkeeing.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I am very impressed with the fine performances of the Scottsdale Musical Arts Orchestra. As a professional musician and businessman, I am very proud to say that they are a part of our Scottsdale musical culture.

I intend to support them financially through regular donations as well as
attend as many concerts as I can.

I have met several members of the organization and all of them are vivacious and enthusiastic about their musical vision.

I wish them the very best in every way.

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They have created a fine musical orchestra for Scottsdale

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It is fine

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

My husband and I are so thankful for Scottsdale Musical Arts in the Valley! We have attended the concerts and have marveled at the talents and diversity of the groups involved. The quality of the SMA directors, Brett and Jennaya Robison, is not to be surpassed. The enthusiasm of the leadership, as well as the musicians, is present in every concert. The music of SMA is bringing culture to the outer metropolitan area, making it very convenient for families to be active as musicians and concert goers without traveling a long distance. We will continue to promote the group whenever we can to many others! Keep the wonderful music flowing!

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We have personally experienced the results of this organization in the excellent concerts we have attended where we have witnessed expert musicians and directors. And also, the children being taught music which will enrich their lives forever.

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If we had to make changes to this organization, we would help it grow by more marketing outreach and awareness to the public of this valuable organization in The Valley.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

My daughter is a member of the Scottsdale Children's Choir. She joined over a year ago and has had many wonderful experiences ever since. She has learned a lot and has improved her singing skills. Jennaya and Brett are excellent instructors. Most importantly, she has made many friends and is having fun!

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My daughter's experience with the Scottsdale Children's Choir

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...try to change the time of the class to be a little earlier on Thursday evenings (for instance, start at 5:30pm instead of 6:15pm).

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

Scottsdale Musical Arts is a great organization that provides learning opportunities for people of all ages. I am a member of the Scottsdale Youth Orchestra and I frequently attend many of the adult orchestra concerts as well. I have met so many wonderful people through this organization and it has made me want to improve my violin skills and learn more about music in general.

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Playing in the youth orchestra as well as attending other concerts.

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Expand the youth orchestra.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I have been playing in the orchestra since the beginning of this year and have also attended some of their concerts. It is such a great opportunity to play in an orchestra outside of school and have had fun in playing numerous different pieces, from Cappricio Espagnol to Jupiter.

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Playing the violin in the orchestra and going to some of their concerts.

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Make the organization larger so more people could join it.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

My husband and I have attended a number of performances of the Scottsdale Musical Arts. We have found them to be absolutely wonderful. The most recent performance we attended, just the other evening, was a Salute to the Oscars. We perticularly enjoyed listening to the Childrens Chior perform a few numbers.

The Scottsdale Musical Arts is one of the best venues we have encountered since moving to Phoenix 2 years ago.

We look forward to their continued success and attending many more performances.

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Through this organization, I have been able to enjoy fine music, especially the classical pieces .

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I would do more marketing and fundraising.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I am the Principal violist with the Scottsdale Arts Orchestra which is one of the finest new community groups in the Phoenix metropolitan area. I am amazed at the talent of the musicians and the dynamic energy of their two maestros Brett and Jennaya Robison. The Scottsdale Musical Arts organization provides opportunities for both adult and young musicians. This excellent non-profit organization includes not only the Scottsdale Arts Orchestra, but also the Scottsdale Arts Chorale; Scottsdale Youth Orchestra and the Scottsdale Youth Choir. Scottsdale has needed to have these services provided for many years. We are very fortunate that the founders of SMA have created this wonderful arts community in the north east valley. The All American Concert featuring Walter Cosand pianist performing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue was so beautiful. He is a wonderful soloist. SMA has also featured ASU graduate student Derek Sanchez as Trumpet soloist on the Haydn Concerto. The Youth Orchestra is performing Jupiter from Holst's Planets at their next concert. The Scottsdale Arts Orchestra just finished our Night at the Oscars concert for senior citizens in Sun City and Scottsdale residents. This concert was packed both nights. The Scottsdale Youth Choir members sang "Over the Rainbow" and a "Harry Potter" song with us. The Scottsdale Arts Chorale and Orchestra will join forces to perform J.S. Bach's mighty St. John's Passion in March. We have also performed the German Masterworks in January. Later in the year we will feature the winners of the Scottsdale Musical Arts Concerto Competition as the grand finale of the season. I do not know how these two directors manage so well with so many groups. They are incredible and dearly loved by all of the musicians and audience members who benefit from their hard work and talents. They need a professional grant writer to help them bring in the funds necessary to continue this wonderful organization. Your contribution of $5,000 will benefit four groups in one. Hence your dollars will have a far greater impact towards the community. Scottsdale Musical Arts is reaches hundreds of new audience members every year. My violin and viola students have gained a great deal of musical experience in the youth orchestra. I have enjoyed working with so many talented musicians including the conductors and solo artists. If you want to be on a winning team then please consider donating to the Scottsdale Musical Arts.

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As a professional musician, I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to perform in an excellent orchestra. As a conductor and arts manager I also know how much work this is. It is a blessing to have an orchestra so close to where I live. It is amazing to have a youth orchestra where my students can learn and perform. The parents of these students would have to drive 35 miles one way to find a similar group. Chances are they would not get the opportunity otherwise.

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I would love to see more room for the strings in the church where we perform. I would like to see both of the directors get a real salary for their hard work. They need a Marketing and Development Director. The youth orchestra needs to have professional musicians do the auditioning and chair placement. I would like to see better coverage by the media in town. The City of Scottsdale and the residents need to step up and realize how important the arts are to our future and to business by donating.

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