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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

Shaker We believe that everyone should have the chance to participate in music.

Giving the gift of music is the heart and soul of Indian Hill Music. Our mission is “to share the transformative power of music, through teaching and performing, and giving music generously when there is need.”

We are committed to enriching the lives of individuals and families of all ages and backgrounds in Central and Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire through a variety of philanthropic and community engagement initiatives designed to make music accessible to all. Last year, we invested over $114,000 in scholarships and outreach activities, serving some 6,600 people in 79 communities in our region.

Our school outreach partnerships with the Fitchburg, Ayer-Shirley, and Lawrence districts, and the Littleton Academy residential school, help to provide free and subsidized music lessons, band programs, or other learning and performing opportunities to young people who otherwise may not have the chance to study music due to budget cuts or family circumstances.

Our free monthly Bach’s Lunch concerts bring together some 2400 community members every year – the majority of whom are seniors and disabled adults from 50+ local assisted living facilities and memory care units – to experience the joy of live music, socialize, eat lunch together, and be transported to other times and places through music.

Our Threshold Singers, and all-volunteer bedside choir, offers a free service which provides the “spiritual balm” of song for very ill and their families, visiting clients at their request, any time, day or night, as often as is needed.

Faculty and student ensembles perform throughout the year, bringing free music to the community with concerts at The Healing Garden (pictured above), the Maynard Art Walk, NARA park, Townsend Public Library, local nursing homes, and more.

We offer over $60,000 in student scholarships annually to students of all ages, so that everyone who wishes to learn to play an instrument or sing (or both!) at our music school can do so.

Indian Hill Music’s outreach currently serves the following towns: Acton, Andover, Ayer, Auburn, Bedford, Berlin, Billerica, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Devens, Dunstable, Fitchburg, Groton, Harvard, Hudson, Lancaster, Lawrence, Leominster, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Lowell, Marlborough, Maynard, Pepperell, Salem, NH, Shirley, Stow, Tewksbury, Townsend, Wayland, Westford, and Winchester.

Indian Hill Music’s outreach and scholarships are made possible through the generous support of individuals (like you!), families, businesses, and foundations, including: Ramsey McCluskey Family Foundation; Main Street Bank; Wind Point Foundation; Bruce J. Anderson Foundation; Red Hat, Inc.; Rollstone Bank & Trust; Bamboo Fine Asian Cuisine; Northern Bank & Trust; Acton Real Estate; Charles Lincoln Gagnebin Memorial Endowment Fund; Frederick R. Reynolds Jr. Community Education Fund; Albert & Elizabeth Stone Scholarship Fund; and the Faith A.B. Wilkinson Memorial Scholarship Fund; and the Acton-Boxborough, Ayer, Bolton, Concord, Groton, Harvard, Littleton, Shirley, Townsend, and Westford Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Fitchburg HS Band Performs "Gig of a Lifetime" with Legend David Amram


Indian Hill Music Brings Jazz Legend David Amram to Fitchburg

Composer, multi-instrumentalist, and Beat Generation icon David Amram performed with members of the Fitchburg High School band and an Indian Hill Faculty trio at Fitchburg Art Museum in February. The concert and band rehearsals with Indian Hill musicians were sponsored by Rollstone Bank & Trust, and supported in part by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ramsey McKluskey Family Foundation.


McKay Arts Academy Middle School Band Plays First Concert


McKay Arts Academy Band Plays First Concert

Students in the new middle school band at Fitchburg's McKay Arts Academy performed in their first concert in June. The band will expand to include 5th graders in the 2018-19 school year.

Joyful Noise-making at Littleton Academy


Littleton Academy Students Enjoy Weekly Music Classes

Indian Hill faculty Joey Pierog taught weekly music classes for students at Littleton Academy. The weekly sessions, held on-site at the therapeutic residential school, offer a way for the boys and girls aged 6-12 to express themselves, build trust, and experience the joy of music-making in a supportive and joyful setting.


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