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We made it!
- New advocacy focus: MusiChOr
- Program plans and achievements
Music Around the World Presentations
Music Connections sister-school projects
- New Board members
- Recent recognition
just finished our 10th
successful year of carrying out our mission
of promoting and providing music education for all DC students. We are proud of our accomplishments and
the acknowledgment they have received, thanks to our tireless President, our
dedicated Board and other volunteers, our inspirational music instructors, our
supportive school and community partners, and our donors.
New Advocacy Focus:
Midwifing MusiChOr, a school-community collaboration to make
participation in youth instrumental and choral ensembles accessible to all DC
This would make DC part of what is
becoming an international movement inspired by the widely publicized success of
Venezuela’s national system of youth orchestras and choruses (“el
sistema”) in promoting youth achievement and social welfare. Click here
for links to articles about
el sistema and the plans it is inspiring in other US cities.
Our program plans for 2008-9 and recent program achievements
- First steps already taken:
In April 2008 we helped organize a meeting sponsored
by DCPS for a presentation about el sistema and a discussion of its relevance for DC.
- Next steps
A follow-up meeting, with wider community representation, to begin discussing
feasible long-term plans and how current programs could help in paving the way.
Developing our IT system to provide and share information about related developments
in DC and other communities.
Helping to organize a Symposium about el sistema, its influence around the world, and DC plans.
PLEASE CHIME IN TO HELP BUILD A MOVEMENT FOR THIS GOAL!
- Music Around the World participatory presentations:
In the Spring Semester of 2008 we
gave 48 presentations
to 38 schools through the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
(“the Collaborative”) and 4 presentations directly to Tubman E.S.,
reaching over 2000 elementary school students. Click here for teacher comments
Our May 28 presentation on Music and Instruments of South and Southeast
Asia for Burrville E.S. students was videotaped for DC Public Access TV,
where it will be aired beginning in August. This is the 20th of these
programs we have had videotaped for TV, where they are aired in rotation (see the monthly Calendar page of our
website, www.chime-dc.org, for a descriptive listing of all our TV and live programs).
In 2008-9 we are offering over 90 presentations through the Collaborative to all DC public and public charter schools.
- Music Connections joint music projects between schools with different demographics.
Click here for a description and history of this project.
In Spring 2008 we sponsored 3 of
these partnership projects. The joint concert for the Stoddert-Tubman choral project
on May 30 was videotaped for DC Public Access TV—it begins airing this
month (click here for listings). You can also watch it by clicking here. We had DVD copies
distributed to participating students.
Three joint concerts from partnerships in past years have also been
taped for DCTV, where they are still aired periodically.
Click here for pictures of
the concert and t-shirt signing afterwards by our volunteer professional
photographer Rebecca Drobis. [link to pictures]
After-school on-going instructional
Sponsored by the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust: World Musician Bill Jenkins gave his six-week
hands-on series, Percussion Around the
World, to two more after-school programs in Spring 2008, adding to the four
programs he gave the series to in 2007. Bill provides the instruments from the
hundreds he has collected from all over the world.
OST (Out of School Time) Program
DCPS now requires all providers of
OST programs on school sites to be vetted and assigned (but not funded) as
directed by DCPS. CHIME has been successfully vetted and is notified it will
receive assignments by July 31. We would like to use this opportunity to
organize after-school choral and instrumental programs in collaboration with
school music teachers, as a step towards our MusiChOr goal (see above).
Aids for DC Schools Instrument Donation Program
This past school year we donated 60
instruments to seven DC schools. Click here for a list.
New Board member Jen Corey, a senior
vocal major at the American University
(and first runner-up for Miss Washington DC this year), is now leading
our instrument donation campaign. To donate instruments in good repair, or to be
involved in the campaign, please contact her at email@example.com
or click here.
Professional development workshops for DC
classroom teachers in how to integrate music into their classroom curricula;
We are offering three different workshops in 2008-9 through the
Collaborative, and have also offered others directly to DCPS.
New Board Members: Additional nominations are welcome.
CHIME has welcomed five new members to its
Board so far in 2008:
Visner, VP for Strategy and Business Development, Computer Sciences Corp.
Eric Gilbertsen, Account Executive, Blattner Brunner
Rachel Conrad, On-line Publications Specialist, NIH
Jen Corey, Senior Vocal Major, The American University
Christine Kharazian, Concert violinist; Music Teacher, Fillmore Arts
Center; CHIME educator
Whitman HS Band is
donating the proceeds of its fund-raising concerts this year to CHIME.
SMASHED (Society of
Mature Adults Seeking to Help, Entertain and Donate) donated the proceeds of its annual
fundraiser to CHIME.
was an honoree at the Thomson ES Partners
luncheon on May 2 for its donation of a piano and percussion instruments.
will be an awardee at the Anacostia Coordinating
Cabaret on July 26.
was a finalist for the Mayor’s Arts Award
for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education in 2008 for the second year.
Smith, a retiree, asked friends of
her late brother Virgil, a trumpeter, to donate to CHIME instead of sending
flowers, because his nephew said Virgil changed his life by introducing him to
music and she wanted other children to also have that experience.
FIRST QUARTER 2008 NEWS
DEPENDS ON THE COMMUNITY FOR CARRYING ON ITS PROGRAMS. YOU CAN CLICK
TO DONATE FUNDS, INSTRUMENTS, OR YOUR TALENTS.
- CHIME was
selected as a finalist for the Mayor’s Arts Award
for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education,
out of a field of 56 nominees, for the second year in a row. The winners were
announced in a celebration at Kennedy Center on March 17. While we were
not the winner (The Choral Arts Society was), we were honored to be considered
in its company as well as that of the Washington National Opera, also a
- CHIME is
featured on WAMU’s (88.5
FM-public radio) Community Moment Spot about the value of
music education that is being aired every day during March (see text on
- We have
begun a campaign for DC to form a school-community partnership for
comprehensive group performance-based music education
that would be accessible to all DC children and
This plan would be inspired by and adapted from the acclaimed
Venezuelan national model of community-based child and youth ensembles,
now being introduced into Los Angeles by Gustavo Dudamel, the new 26-yr old Music
Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the star product of the system.
We will post more information about this as it develops. If you are interested in
supporting this project, please contact us.
extensive Spring Semester programs for DC schools and after-school
programs are underway.They are all listed
on the Calendar Page of our website, www.chime-dc.org.
Many of our past programs have been videotaped and are aired multiple times monthly on DC
Public Access TV . These and our other public events are also listed on the Calendar page. Our
Spring programs include:
- 50 programs in our Music
Around the World series for grades pre-K to 4,
to which over 2,000 students are
bussed to various venues, offered through the DC Arts and Humanities
Education Collaborative and also programs offered directly to schools;
- Three ongoing
partnerships between pairs of schools with different demographics
for joint music performances (choral programs between H.D. Cooke-Maret and
Stoddert-Tubman, and a guitar program between River Terrace and Two Rivers). All of these
will culminate in joint concerts, and parent socials, that will be
videotaped for DC Public Access TV.
- Two series of
6-week Percussion Around the World workshops
by World Musician Bill Jenkins at City Gate
and Arose after-school programs respectively, sponsored by the DC Child
and Youth Investment Trust.
development workshops for DC teachers.
- Our Latest honored student:
We wish to honor 13-year
old Justin Schumacker of Potomac who dedicated his
recent Bar Mitzvah celebration
to providing instruments to CHIME for DC schools. As a result we were
able to donate a complete drum set to Woodrow Wilson High School, and
will be giving many small
percussion instruments to other schools after Spring Break. Justin also
donated an amp to us for the electric guitars we previously donated to
HD Cooke E.S. Justin plays guitar himself and gave a demonstration to
the HD Cooke guitar class when he made the donation. This is a young
man with a big heart! (He is the latest is a series of other socially
conscious young people who have similarly decided to donate their Bar or Bat
Mitzvah gifts to CHIME). We also wish to acknowledge the help he received with
this project from his mother Julie.
- Grants received so far in 2008:
Corina Higginson Trust
D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Harman Family Foundation
Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation
And many generous individual donors-for a listing click here
SO FAR THIS 2007-8 SCHOOL YEAR CHIME HAS:
- Organized four new Music Connections Sister-school Projects to join
the two continuing ones. More ...
- Organized a new Early Childhood Music and Movement Education
Collaborative, in partnership with the Levine School of Music.
- Formed a new partnership with the DC Congress Of Parent
and Teacher Organizations to collaborate in our sister-school projects
and support our advocacy aims. (DCPTA) .
- So far signed up 18 DC schools for 32 of its Music Around the World
presentations and DCPS teachers for of its professional development
workshops through the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative.
More may be added.
We will also continue to offer these programs directly
to schools as funding permits. More ...
- Continued distributing donated instruments to schools: 11 band
instruments and guitars so far since
August to H.D. Cooke and Fillmore
Arts Centers (which serve 12 DC schools), plus a mini-recording studio
to Ballou SHS. Last year we
donated over 50 instruments plus some
instructional materials to 8 schools.
- Arranged for 25 students from H.D. Cooke to be
transported to each of three NSO Sunday Family
Concerts this year, for which we have been provided free tickets.
- Testified at the DCPS 2009 budget hearing on
November 15, 2007. More ...
NEW MUSIC CONNECTIONS SISTER-SCHOOL PROJECTS:
To date we have organized ongoing music projects between six pairs of DC
schools, four of them new this fall. These projects bring students and
parents together from schools with different demographic profiles in a
common ongoing music activity, and serve as a basis for extending
partnerships between them to other activities as well. Each
school in the partnership studies a common curriculum, and comes
together for joint concerts followed by family social events.
We have had three joint programs from the last two years videotaped for
DC Public Access TV, where they receive frequent airing, in
rotation. The program was instituted in 2005-6 with a joint
Stoddert-Amidon choral program taught by CHIME volunteer Claire Davis.
Our current programs include:
- Continuation of a violin partnership between Stoddert ES and Amidon E.S.
- Continuation of a choral partnership between Stoddert ES and Tubman E.S.
- New choral partnerships between Murch ES and Bowen ES and between
the Maret School and H.D. Cooke E.S.
- Guitar partnership between Two Rivers PCS and River Terrace E.S.
- Recorder partnership between H.D. Cooke E.S. and Simon E.S.
- In addition, the 12 DC public elementary schools that participate in
arts programs at Fillmore Arts Centers have joint choral and
instrumental programs that are partnering
with CHIME’s Music Connections program.
NEW EARLY CHILDHOOD MUSIC AND MOVEMENT EDUCATION COLLABORATIVE
We are partnering with the Levine School of Music and other providers
of early childhood music education in forming an Early Childhood Music
and Movement Collaborative to include those who are planning and
responsible for implementing DC Early Childhood Education as well. This
is particularly timely now that the DC City Council will be introducing
legislation on November 20 to make EC programs available to all DC 3
and 4 year olds. There are existing music standards for EC
curricula, but many providers (including pre-K programs in
DCPS) lack the staff, instruments or other resources to
implement them. By collaborating with
each other and with those responsible for providing EC Education, we
hope to get maximum leverage from our own abilities and resources in
ways that meet the greatest needs. This can most efficiently be done
through an emphasis on training teachers and parents, although we will
also continue to provide instruction directly to children as well.
NEW PROGRAMS FOR THIS YEAR OFFERED THROUGH THE DC ARTS AND
HUMANITIES EDUCATION COLLABORATIVE
We now have 18 schools signed up for 32 participatory presentations
(multiple repetitions of 6 different programs) for grades pre-K through
4 from our Music Around the World series. These include two programs of
rhythms around the world with movement for pre-K to 2; Music of Great
Composers, Latin Percussion, Music and Instruments of South and East
Asia, World Rhythms, and Raga-time (sitar) for grade 3 and Indian Dance
for grade 4. Our teaching artists, most of whom have been working with
CHIME for many years, include Bill Jenkins and Steven Bloom
(percussionists), Christine Kharazian (violin), Frank Conlon (piano),
Brian Q.Silver (sitar) and Indian dancers. The Collaborative only
sponsors music programs for third graders and dance programs for fourth
In addition to these presentations for students, we also offer
professional development workshops through the Collaborative, and
directly, to DC classroom teachers on how to integrate music into their
curricula, for which they can receive Professional Learning Units.
CHIME PRESIDENT ON WDCW ON APRIL 22: Dorothy Marschak will be
interviewed on Channel 50’s In the Loop program Sunday April
22 at 10:30 AM talking about music education in DC and CHIME.
Chuck Brown will be on another segment of the same program.
NEW SISTER SCHOOL PROJECTS:
Our newest project, being formed this month, is a joint choral project
between Bowen and Murch public elementary schools. It joins
two other choral projects –Stoddert- Tubman and Two
Rivers-River Terrace—and a joint violin program between
Fillmore-Stoddert and Amidon. All four programs will
culminate the year with joint concerts followed by a family
potluck. We seek funding to videotape all these
concerts for DC Public Access TV, as we did with our first joint
project last year between Amidon and Stoddert. We are very
grateful to ANC1A, which just awarded us a grant to cover the expenses
of the Stoddert-Tubman program. These projects bring students (and
their parents) from schools in different neighborhoods with different
demographics together in a common music project that builds
relationships across DC’s ethnic, economic and geographic
NEW AFTER-SCHOOL PROJECTS:
World musician Bill Jenkins begins
two more 6-week hands-on workshops on Percussion Around the World for
CHIME this month, under the auspices of the DC Children and Youth
Trust: at the City Gate and New Community for Children after-school
programs. Each week Bill teaches percussion patterns from a
different culture, covering Asia, Africa, Latin America and the
Caribbean and the US, giving each participant a chance to learn how to
play rhythms together on many of the hundreds of instruments he has
collected and brings with him.
Last fall he gave similar workshops under the same auspices for Perry
School and LINK after-school programs.
CHIME TESTIMONY ON DCPS BUDGET TO DC CITY COUNCIL:
Dorothy Marschak presented CHIME’s critique of the proposed 2007 DC
Public School budget at its one public hearing on April 5.
Click here to read
NEW PUBLIC RECOGNITION:
Mayor’s Arts Award: CHIME was honored to be selected as a
finalist for the award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education
in a program at the Kennedy Center on March 19, hosted by Kojo Nnamdi.
NAMM: CHIME President Marschak was one of the honorees at a
dinner sponsored by the NAMM (National Association of Music Stores) at
the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Museum on March 5 for her role in
initiating and contributing to the current exhibition at the museum,
Banding Together: School Bands as Instruments of Opportunity, which
runs through May 14. Don’t miss it!
NEW PROGRAMS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY:
- 1000 Years of American
Music: Claire Davis (the CHIME student volunteer who directed
our Stoddert-Amidon program last year) and two of her friends from
Wellesley College spent their Spring Break, March 19-22, presenting an
a capella program tracing the history of American folk and popular
music at 5 DC schools. We had this program videotaped for DC Public
Access TV, where it will be aired starting in May (see the Calendar
Page for dates and times).
- In March and April we offered
seven programs to which DC students were bussed under the auspices of
the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative: three for third
graders—one at the Armenian Embassy with violinist
Christine Kharazian and Pianist Frank Conlon on Music of
Great Composers, and two at the Anacostia Museum on Latin Percussion by
Bill Jenkins—and four at the Sumner School Museum and
Archives on Music Around the World for grades pre-K to 2.
- We presented Pianist Raymond
Jackson in March in two repetitions of a program of Music and
Styles of Black Composers at Tubman E.S. for all the students in the
NEW INSTRUMENT DONATIONS: Our most recent donation is from the Potomac
River Jazz Club, which has given us the club keyboard it is replacing.
We are donating it to Bowen E.S., currently without a piano or
keyboards. Earlier this year we received donations of over 50 band
instruments, most of which have been distributed to Lincoln Middle
School, Coolidge H.S., and Jefferson Middle School.
PROJECT MY TIME AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM AT LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL: We
continue with after-school instruction twice a week in band instruments
and guitar, taught by four instructors. We are part of a comprehensive
after-school program administered by the DC Children and Youth
Investment Trust, that began in January 2007 at three DCPS middle
schools, and aims to reach most DC middle school students before the
end of its five-year grant from the Wallace Foundation.
ALL OUR PROGRAMS, INCLUDING THOSE ON DC PUBLIC ACCESS TV, ARE POSTED ON
THE CALENDAR PAGE
PLEASE HELP CHIME TO CONTINUE PROMOTING AND PROVIDING MUSIC EDUCATION
FOR DC SCHOOLCHILDREN WITH CONTRIBUTIONS OF YOUR TIME, UNUSED
INSTRUMENTS IN GOOD CONDITION, AND, OF COURSE, YOUR DOLLARS.
YOU CAN DONATE BY CLICKING ON THE CHIME-IN PAGE, OR BY CONTACTING
US AT firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-232-2731.
- NEW HONOR:CHIME has been selected as a Mayor’s Arts Award Finalist for
Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education (out of 59 eligible nominees). Winners will be
announced at the (free) Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony in the Kennedy Center concert
hall at 6 PM March 19. We hope you will come.
- NEW AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM:CHIME is the only organization providing
instrumental music instruction selected to participate in the Wallace Foundation’s new
initiative to create quality after-school programs in DC middle schools. The DC program,
called Project My Time, is being administered by the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust,
and is being piloted at Lincoln, Kelly Miller and Hart Middle Schools in the current Spring 2007
school semester. This Spring CHIME is providing instruction in guitar and band instruments at
Lincoln Middle School, and hopes to extend its offerings to the other schools in the summer.
We have donated over 20 band instruments and guitars so far to Lincoln from the instrument
donations we have recently received, to support both its in-school music programs and our
after-school program. These are the only instruments the school currently possesses.
- NEW SISTER-SCHOOL PROJECTS
Amidon E.S. and Stoddert E.S.: Building on the success of our Choral Connections program
between these two schools during the 2005-6 school year, this year the partnership is being
continued with a joint violin program, conducted by the violin teachers of the respective schools:
Christine Kharazian at Stoddert (also music teacher at Fillmore Arts Center and concert artist)
and Hazel Cheilik at Amidon, who instituted the violin program at Amidon (as a volunteer) after
retiring from Thomas Jefferson HS of Science and Technology in Fairfax, where she led the
award-winning orchestra and was voted Virginia Teacher of the Year.
River Terrace E.S. and Two Rivers Public Charter School:
CHIME Treasurer Janet Gilmore, the music teacher at Two Rivers PCS, is also serving as a CHIME
volunteer music teacher at River Terrace E.S. She has started a joint choral program between the
two schools: the students will exchange emails and CDs of their singing and prepare for a joint spring
concert that will include a parent potluck.
Tubman E.S. and Ross E.S.
A new joint choral program between these two schools is being initiated the first week of February.
It will be led by CHIME volunteer Emily Sahm, a recent Vassar graduate with extensive experience
directing choruses and musical theater. Murch E.S. will either join this program or be a partner in
another program to be formed.
- PUBLIC TESTIMONY: CHIME President Dorothy Marschak testifies before the DC City
Council on February 7 on Mayor Fenty’s DC Public School Education Reform Bill.
To read her testimony CLICK HERE.
- NEW GRANTS IN JANUARY 2007 were received from the Corina Higginson Trust,
the Harman Family Foundation, and the Washington Post. We also thank our many individual donors
for their recent contributions.
- CHIME initiated and contributed to
the Banding Together: School Bands
as Instruments of Opportunity exhibition at the
Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum that opened on
September 10 and runs through
May 14. The exhibition traces the history of DC school music
from 1845 to the present, particularly that of our
once-famous school bands from their “glory days” to
the recent decline, and even disappearance, of most of
them. Don’t miss this fascinating story, told
through videos, slide shows, oral histories, photographs, and a rich
collection of memorabilia.
- Building on the exhibition, we are
organizing a city-wide series of Community Events to be held at local
public schools in March 2007 (Music in Schools Month) to
showcase our remaining school bands and ensembles and to present
testimony from past and present band teachers, band participants, and
community members about their experiences with the bands and how they
impacted their lives. We will be publicizing the dates, venues and
details of these soon.
- In-school time presentations for students
through the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative: (1)
Hands-on instrumental workshops
by World Musician Bill Jenkins between October and March: five at the
Anacostia Museum, combined with tours of the exhibition, and eight at
the Sumner School Museum and Archives (2) Music of Great
Composers by Violinist Christine Kharazian and Pianist Frank
Conlon at the Armenian Embassy next March.
- Professional developmentworkshops for DCPS
two have been scheduled in November 2006
on Using Instruments in the Classroom by Bill Jenkins through the DC
Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative.
- Four 6-week after-school Percussion Around
the World classes
by Bill Jenkins have been contracted by the DC Children and Youth
Investment Trust: two this fall, at the Perry School and the LINK
program at Souza Middle
School respectively, and the other two in the Spring at venues still to
- New ongoing sister-school projects between
pairs of DC elementary schools: Building on the success of
our Choral Connections program last year between Stoddert and Amidon
public elementary schools, we have been organizing new
collaborative programs this year: so far, (1) Stoddert and Amidon are
continuing their collaboration, this year with a joint violin program
led by their respective violin teachers, Christine Kharazian and Hazel
Cheilik; (2) a joint choral program between Two Rivers Public Charter
School and River Terrace public E.S. is being led by Two Rivers music
teacher and CHIME Board member Janet Gilmore. Additional programs are
in the discussion stage.
- New Music Mentors programin
partnership with the LINK project at Souza Middle
School and the Perry School, where we are also offering ongoing
instrumental instruction. To expose students to a variety of
musical experiences and help develop new audiences for local performing
organizations, CHIME provides free tickets and preparatory discussions
for a variety of evening and weekend music performances at local
performing venues to which participants in these mentors programs are
- Instrument donations: From
donations received from our Band Aids for DC Schools campaign, so far
this fall we have distributed 8 band instruments to Jefferson
Junior H.S., 5 band instruments to Coolidge Senior H.S., and a piano to
- CHIME’s Contribution to DC Arts
and Education Policy:
CHIME President Dorothy Marschak served on Mayor-Elect
Fenty’s Pre-transition Teams for Arts and Education policies.
She also belongs to three Committees of the DC Arts and Humanities
Education Collaborative, the Education Committee of the League of Women
Voters of DC, and the Children’s Advocacy Roundtable. She
frequently testifies for support and funding of music education at DCPS
- Recent media recognition: CHIME
has been mentioned in articles about school bands in the Washington
Post (Marc Fisher on September 19), the Washington Informer (September
21), and the Washington Times (November 6). Dorothy Marschak also was
on a panel about DC school music on WETA’s
Intersections program on September 21.
- New grants in Fall 2006: We received a general support
grant from the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities. We have
received general operating support grants from the Nancy Peery
Marriott Foundation and The Morris and Gwendolyn
Cafritz Foundation. We have also received a matching grant from the
Humanities Council of Washington D.C. to organize the Community Events
supporting school bands mentioned