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Giving Music Generously

"Music philanthropy has become a driving force in our mission and the lens through which we examine all of our work ….

Susan Randazzo, IH Executive Director

ShakerGiving the gift of music is the heart and soul of Indian Hill Music. With our new mission of "sharing the transformative power of music through teaching and performing, and giving music generously when there is need," we are committed to deepening our musical presence in the 60-town region we serve through a variety of philanthropic and community engagement initiatives designed to make music accessible to everyone – especially the underserved populations who need it the most.

Each year, the musicians of Indian Hill, from the Music School and Orchestra of Indian Hill, both professional and student, offer music in a wide variety of settings. Visits to schools, senior centers, assisted living facilities, community gatherings and other events bring music to those who otherwise would not have access, and help IHM meet its mission of giving back.

  • We hold free "Bach's Lunch" faculty concerts for some 2,000 seniors, home-schooled families and local professionals annually.
  • Nearly 90 students from preschool to grade 5 in Ayer took music classes and/or learned to play an instrument through our After School Music Collaborative. More than 400 Ayer students also attended musical performances this spring as part of the program.
  • We are the first community music school in the nation to offer Threshold Singers, which provides healing and comfort at the bedsides of the sick and dying.
  • The Indian Hill Big Band and Justin Meyer Swing Trio regularly perform at senior centers and functions in our local communities. Our student groups and faculty have also performed dozens of outreach concerts in a variety of locations and area towns.
  • We awarded $55,000 in scholarships to our Music School this year. We encourage our students to share their gift of music with others. Our annual Performathon, where students and faculty perform for an entire weekend, raises funds that allow us to give scholarships to students in need so that they can attend IHMS. Many of these scholarship students have won awards for their talent that has flourished at Indian Hill.
  • We offer free master classes, workshops and concert tickets to each of our 1,500 music students.
  • We provide free concert tickets to approximately 40 area nonprofits to use in fundraising activities for their organizations each season.
  • We conduct regular food, toy, and product drives for Loaves & Fishes food Food Pantry in Devens. Recent activities include our Spring 2012 participation in the 'Orchestras Feeding America' National Food Drive, organized by the League of American Orchestras, in which our student families and concert attendees donated nearly 150 pounds of food for the pantry.

Indian Hill Music Brings Flutist Jim Walker to Ayer Shirley Middle School

Indian Hill Music Brings Flutist Jim Walker to Ayer Shirley Middle School

Acclaimed flutist Jim Walker works with members of the Ayer Shirley Middle School band on March 28 as part of Indian Hill Music's outreach program.

Indian Hill Receives Grant from North Middlesex Savings Bank

Indian Hill Music Receives Grant from North Middlesex Savings Bank

Walter J. Dwyer, IV, President and CEO of North Middlesex Savings Bank (L) presents a grant for $5000 to Susan Randazzo, Executive Director of Indian Hill Music (center), to benefit the music school, and the Ayer Shirley School Music Partnership. Picured L-R Dwyer, Randazzo, Pat Fitzgerald, Principal of Lura A. White School in Shirley; and Olivia Pampinella (far left) and Sophia Brown (far right) of Shirley, students in the Ayer Shirley School Music Partnership.

Helping Out at the Holidays:

Indian Hill Music Donates Food to Loaves and Fishes

The Indian Hill Music community raised nearly 180 pounds of food and body care items during its annual holiday drive to support the Devens-based Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, which serves families in Ayer, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Littleton, and Shirley. Pictured above, IH staffers prepare donated food and goods for delivery to the pantry. x

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