November is known as a time to pause and give thanks. Sharing music together and building connections that will last a lifetime is one of our greatest treasures. As we begin the month of November, South Florida Music is focused on opportunities to share our thankfulness for music. For us, we are grateful for the formation of Friends of South Florida Music. This is the non-profit extension of South Florida Music whose mission is to provide music education in underserved communities of South Florida for children birth to 18 years. Scholarships are awarded to children in our South Florida Music program through this organization. Friends of South Florida Music is now a Miami Foundation partner. On November 16, we ask you to please support Friends of South Florida Music through Give Miami Day 2017, a twenty-four hour online-only giving event hosted by the Miami Foundation who will match your donation dollar for dollar.
As a precursor to Give Miami Day, Friends of South Florida Music celebrated its 1st Annual Benefit Recitals on Saturday, November 4th, and Sunday, November 5th. The weekend began with over 25 musicians performing live at The Fish House on Saturday evening. It was a standing room only environment as these young musicians shared their gifts backed up by a live band. Friends of South Florida Music is deeply grateful for the generosity of Bill Galliford (keyboard), John Snider (drums), Rafael Valencia (bass guitar), Richard Vanderberg (trumpet), to not only offer their talent and time, but also their hearts as they mentored the next generation of musicians.
Then on Sunday, November 5th, Friends of South Florida Music held an afternoon of music at Christ Congregational Church with 30 young musicians in attendance. A celebratory bouquet was presented to Isabela Cannon, a senior at Palmer Trinity School. Isabela first joined Dr. Joy’s MusicTime classes at the age of two. As an alumni, she has been a private piano student of Dr. Joy’s for over ten years. Isabela shared the importance of music in her life journey. She and the other talented individuals presented selections showcasing their musical accomplishments for an appreciative audience.
Both events were free and open to the public. Those in attendance were encouraged to offer their financial support either at the event or through Give Miami Day so that underserved children in our South Florida communities can receive the same outstanding music education.
We at South Florida Music are thankful for each of you and your families. We are asking each of you to mark Thursday, November 16th in your calendars. Set a reminder and extend your thankfulness for music by visiting Give Miami Day, selecting Friends of South Florida Music and providing a donation of any size. Then, watch your gift grow exponentially as the Miami Foundation matches dollar for dollar donations given on this day. Music intervention is extremely affordable and life altering. Would you please consider helping other children reach their fullest potential through a gift of thanks? Please remember to give on November 16th!
Dr. Joy Galliford
President, Friends of South Florida Music
Director of Development, South Florida Music