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CharleyM

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Review for MIDWEST YOUNG ARTISTS, Highwood, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

MYA nurtured my child's musical ability in a warm, wonderful yet demanding environment. They were a key factor in fostering his love for music and preparing him for a college major in clarinet performance.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Board Member & I have volunteered in a number or areas from selling pizza during rehearsal breaks to recording seating auditions.

Review for MIDWEST YOUNG ARTISTS, Highwood, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Not only does the organization do an outstanding job of teaching the skills required to become a real musician, but brings an wonderful, warm, safe, nurturing environment in which the kids can grow. This organization helped my son focus his love of music and gain the skills he needed to get admitted to the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance, where he studies now. His experience and the friends he made during 5 years at MYA will be with him forever.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Board Member & I have volunteered in a number or areas from selling pizza during rehearsal breaks to recording seating auditions.

Review for MIDWEST YOUNG ARTISTS, Highwood, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My son has spent the last 5 years at MYA progressing up through their orchestras to become a principal in their top symphony. The musical guidance and nurturing he has had have been second to none. MYA has attracted a number of the premier chamber and orchestral musicians and educators in the area to bring an experience to kids from 5 though high school that is second to none. Their are principal players of the Chicago Symphony, professors from top university music programs, and the list goes on.
However, for a parent, the non-musical experience has also been a true joy to watch. Here are kids in a really non-competitive environment being groomed to be all that they can be with new friends and experiences from a far larger and more diverse group than they would have otherwise experienced.
The problem is MYA is bursting at the seams. Over 600 families converge there every weekend during the school year and at times you can't walk down the hall. They are desperately trying to reach out to underserved schools in underprivileged areas where kids get almost no exposure to music in any formal and constructive way.
They are trying to acquire land to expand and build their own performance hall. This will allow them to both expand services to underprivileged kids and to save and generate more funds by not renting halls for the kids to have chances to perform.

Role:  Board Member & I have volunteered in a number or areas from selling pizza during rehearsal breaks to recording seating auditions.