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Review for Heifetz International Music Institute Inc, Staunton, VA, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

I have worked with the Heifetz International Music Institute as a consultant for four years. The Institute's fundamental philosophy is to train young musicians to be communicative artists by combining high quality musical instruction with classes in communication. It is a fantastic curriculum that uses drama, public speaking, voice and movement to improve the students' musical expression, their self-awareness, and their ability to convey their emotions and personalities to diverse audiences in a variety of settings. This is a great idea and has significant impact on participants. The Institue also offers pedagogy fellowships to teachers so that they can learn these concepts and incorporate them into their lessons for their own students. I'd like to see the Institute develop more extensive programs that apply these principles throughout the music industry. Good work!

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

seeing how students perform more effectively in concerts and community programs.

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

invest more resources in building institutional infrastructure in order to enhance program development, evaluation and partnership programs.

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

the incredible vision, creativity and dedication of the founder, Daniel Heifetz, and his staff.

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

incredibly dedicated and knowledgeable.

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

endow its scholarship program, make important improvements to curriculum, and establish national partnerships that would enhance pedagogy, student training, and community impact.

Ways to make it better...

I had had time to engage more fully with the Board in designing future plans and strategies.

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

making the transition from a founder-run organization to a sustainable institution.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This organization is on the threshhold of a transformation, and significant investment today will pay off dramatically in the long run.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & Helped develop annual fundraising campaign, wrote proposals, designed new governance practices, worked on partnership development and strategic planning.