February 26 Message

Dear Friends,

Minutes from our eighth conference call last Wednesday February 22nd are available to be read online on our association website. Just as a reminder, all minutes will get posted within 24 hours of the phone call, so please check the website for all of the latest e-mails, survey results, and minutes from these conversations. The website is very user-friendly for you to find the information you want and make comments.

In preparation for our call this Wednesday February 29th from 11:30am-1pm EST, we have developed another survey for you to complete: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GSDQP76 – Do not feel overwhelmed with the text on the page. Response time is about 4 minutes and the additional text provides clarification for the questions. It is very important for you to take the time to complete this survey so your voice is heard! Even if you can’t participate on the conference call, your responses help guide the formation of the association. Responses are needed by 6pm EST on Tuesday February 28th and the survey results will be posted before the conference call begins.

Conference Dial-in Number: (760) 569-0111
Participant Access Code: 121767#

Volunteers Needed

Three individuals have agreed to start working on mission statements and additional volunteers are needed to help. If you are interested, please reply directly to me and I’ll pass the word along. Also, if you have any ideas/resources to help Bob Fiedler (People’s Music School – Chicago, IL) in preparation for the Drafting Convention (Time TBD), please e-mail him directly at bob@peoplesmusicschool.org.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to e-mail Beth or I directly.

Stanford Thompson and Beth Babcock


About Stanford Thompson

Stanford Thompson is a musician and educator who is passionate about using music for social action and serves as the Founder and Executive Director for the El Sistema-inspired program, Play On, Philly! and the Chairman of El Sistema USA. He also serves on the boards of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Composers Forum, and as Chairman of The Curtis Institute of Music Alumni Network. He regularly contributes to the communities of TED, League of American Orchestras, and El Sistema-inspired initiatives around the world. For El Sistema inspired programs he has implemented, Stanford has secured over $8.5 million in funding which has impacted the lives of hundreds of children in Philadelphia. Trained as a professional trumpeter, Mr. Thompson has performed with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in C and recorded on the Ondine label with Christoph Eschenbach. Stanford also appeared as soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Ocean City Pops Orchestra and the North Springs Philharmonic. He has lead residencies with Philos Brass in Milford, Pennsylvania and Atlanta, Georgia where they performed recitals and outreach presentations, presented master classes, and conducted clinics. In the jazz idiom, Stan has performed for the Berks Jazz Festival, performed on the Washington College Concert Series and presented for the opening gala of the Philadelphia Orchestra with the Rittenhouse Jazz Quintet. Stanford is a native of Atlanta, GA and holds degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory’s Abreu Fellows Program.
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