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18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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,

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Let freedom sing is a fantastic event. It is inspirational for all who are lucky enough to attend. Wonderful music, talent, and patriotic sentiment. Highly Recommended!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Arts Express is a wonderful organization. They are so friendly and inviting. It is a well run group and they know how to get work done.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Arts Express creates a wonderful Patriotic Show each year for the Fourth of July. The organization is full of friendly, helpful people who really seem to enjoy preparing and performing fun and touching music.
My family and I look forward to the next show!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Arts Express works with some of the best musicians in Arizona! It's a wonderful experience and the music is phenominal!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I feel that experience with the arts is an important part of a person's development. Through the programs offered by Arts Express (e.g., the Fine Arts Youth Academy), children are exposed to a variety of art forms. Funds raised by Arts Express are utilized to offer scholarships to students who might not otherwise be able to afford to attend the Academy.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I are 90 years old. We attended the Let Freedom Sing performance last July. It made us proud to be Americans. It was the first time I have been recognized as serving in the armed forces for a long, long time. Thank you Arts Express for making me feel appreciated!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The shows were great! They were lots of fun and there are many talented people involved in the program!!!!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The music at the 4th of July show is incredible!! Art's Express has put together a top notch pool of talent to help us celebrate our country's birthday. The singing is wonderful.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family and I have attended Let Freedom Sing and Follow the Star for the last 7 years. The productions are top-quality and uplifting. These have truly become cherished traditions for our family. Thank you Arts Express for all you do!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Arts Express has one of the most dynamic summer arts immersion programs I have ever seen. The Fine Arts Youth Academy offers a great variety of arts classes - from band & orchestra to visual arts and cartooning. If you truly want your child to learn about a particular art discipline, this is the summer program to attend. Great work on the part of Arts Express, their board of directors, artistic leadership and highly qualified arts intructors.