January Newsletter



January 31, 2017
The FAYM
In this issue
A message from the President
Interviews with students
upcoming events
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A Message From the President

Dear Friends of FAYM,
Our Founder and Board President, Hal Weller, has decided to step down and retire from his many years of service and dedication to FAYM.  The children of our inner city communities are very fortunate that Hal took an interest in them and did something!  What began in 2009 with just 12 students has grown to include over 100 current students, several graduates, and several thousand dollars in scholarships. Hal has enriched so many lives with his vision and generosity.

We began with just 12 students and now have over 100 enrolled in Violins for Kids.

Last month, I was honored to take the torch from Hal to become the new Board President. I am joined by Dick McGhee as Vice President, Genie Burkett as Treasurer, and Gloria Gorlin as Secretary. On January 10, we held our first Board Meeting of 2017 and renewed our commitment to FAYM and the children we serve.  As we start the next chapter of FAYM, I would like to thank you for your past support and ask for your continued support so that we can continue to grow and expand our programs.
This year, we invite you to see our program in action. Classes are held weekdays at both the East Las Vegas Community Center and Pearson Community Center. Please contact me directly at (702) 271-1742 so that we can arrange for you to visit one of our classes and see for yourself the impact of your support.  I would love to share our students’ success with you.
I also encourage you to join us for our spring recital, coming up on March 18th.
Thanks to Hal and to all who make this program possible!
Arturo (Art) Ochoa
FAYM Board President

Don’t Miss These Upcoming Events!

Spring Recital

Saturday, March 18th
3pm to 5:30pm
East Las Vegas Community Center
Spring Break – NO CLASS

Monday, April 10th to
 Friday, April 14th
CLASSES RESUME

Monday, April 17th
4pm
Year-End Recital

Saturday, May 20th
3pm to 5:30pm
East Las Vegas Community Center

Michelle DavalosMeet Michelle

Michelle is a 3rd grade student who takes violin classes with us at the Pearson Community Center. Although she has only had a violin in her hands since October 2016, she performed with her class in our Christmas Concert and is learning songs to perform in the Spring Concert this March.
1. What instrument do you play and why did you pick that instrument?
Violin.  Because my mom made me.

2. What do you like about your music lessons?
I like doing the instrument.  The bowing.

3. What is the hardest thing you are learning?
I don’t know.  Doing the fast bowing?

4. What is your favorite thing you have learned?
Pizzicato

5. Is there a song you want to learn how to play?
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

6. How does it feel to perform with your instrument?
Fun.  Excited.

7. How does it feel when you practice a lot and your playing gets better?
I feel really happy!

8. What do you want to be when you grow up?
A dentist.

9. Do you think learning music will help you with your goal?
Yes.

10. I asked if there was anything else she wanted to say.
I love everybody and my violin too.

Joshua GutierrezMeet Joshua

Joshua está en segundo grado y está tomando clases en el East Las Vegas Community Center. Nomas tiene como 3 meses con el violín en sus manos.
1. ¿Qué instrumento tocas y por qué elegiste ese instrumento?
Porque me gusta mucho el violín.  Siempre me ha gustado el violín.

2. ¿Qué te gusta de tus lecciones de música?
Tocar el violín.  Me gusta tocar el violín.

3. ¿Qué es lo más difícil que estas aprendiendo?
Cuando le tengo que aplastar las cuerdas con los dedos.

4. ¿Cuál es tu cosa favorita que has aprendido?
Tocar y tocar el violín cuando estoy en la casa.  Me gusta practicar.

5. ¿Existe una canción que deseas aprender a tocar?
Pizza Hut?

6. ¿Cómo te sientes cuando tocas tu instrumento en público?
Como muy feliz.  Algo asi.

7. ¿Cómo te sientes cuando practicas mucho y  puedes tocar mejore?
Bien.  Muy orgulloso.

8. ¿Qué quieres ser cuando crezcas?
Quiero ser un doctor de niños.

9. ¿Crees que aprender música te ayudará con tu objetivo?
Si.  Puede ser que les toque una canción a mis pacientes.

You can support students like Michelle and Joshua at our website:
 http://thefaym.org/donate/
FAYM keeps our costs low by relying on highly qualified volunteers to handle our administrative tasks.
You can be sure that your donation will go directly to scholarship assistance, program support, and teacher wages.

Cox Charities Milestone. Over 1 Million Dollars in Donations.



Cox Charities event

Cox Charities event Mike Bolognini, market vice president of Cox Las Vegas, announces the Cox Charities milestone of reaching and surpassing the $1 million in employee giving.  

Mike Bolognini, market vice president of Cox Las Vegas, announces the Cox Charities milestone of reaching and surpassing the $1 million in employee giving at an annual check presentation to local nonprofits yesterday morning.

Cox Charities is the employee workplace giving program at Cox Las Vegas and the $1 million milestone mark was achieved through annual giving since 2007. $110,000 was distributed to 25 nonprofits including the FOUNDATION TO ASSIST YOUNG MUSICIANS (FAYM) for $5,000 at the 2015 check presentation.

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Foundation Works To Ensure Every Child Can Play Music | Las Vegas Review Journal



Harold Weller, founder of the Foundation to Assist Young Musicians, poses for a portrait during a violin rehearsal part of the Foundation to Assist Young Musicians at the East Las Vegas Community and Senior Center Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Harold Weller, founder of the Foundation to Assist Young Musicians, poses for a portrait during a violin rehearsal part of the Foundation to Assist Young Musicians at the East Las Vegas Community and Senior Center Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By JOHN PRZYBYS

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

The young violinists stand in a semicircle around instructor Linda Rodgers, who announces that the next piece they’ll be rehearsing is the “William Tell Overture.”

A few kids respond with cheers of “Yay!” — it’s obviously a favorite — and one particularly exuberant player looses a quiet whoop and leaps into the air in the beginnings of a sort of not-fully-thought-out jig.

It’s certainly cute. Better than that, it’s impressive, considering that there’s no way the young violinists’ enthusiasm could possibly be connected to the piece’s double life as the theme to “The Lone Ranger.”

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