From Executive Director William Ash

Our summer newsletter is out! Just look at the menu above my picture and click on Current newsletter, where you may view or print. See page 2 where we introduce our new Executive Director Kevin Ginty! Tickets will be on sale soon, so please save the dates for this spectacular season! Yet another great review, this time for David Russell here: David Russell  Our Visionary Challenge Campaign has—thanks to the dollar for dollar match by our 20-member challenge group, and all of you who responded to it--raised over $47,000, exceeding our $40,000 goal!  Our full list of donors can be seen here: Thank You Everyone!

Thanks to support from the Augustine Foundation, we are now supporting fourteen local schools, including six guitar programs in Central,  Duchesne, Griffith, Holman, Johnson Wabash, and Walnut Grove Elementary Schools in Ferguson, Missouri!  Click on our Facebook icon at the top of this screen for pictures of our activities--and tune in to Radio Arts Foundation--St. Louis FM 107.3 or at www.rafstl.org--every Monday evening from 7:00 - 8:00 pm--and now Thursday evenings from 11:00 - midnight--to hear "Inside Classical Guitar" with host John Clayton! All past shows are archived here--just click on ICG RADIO SHOW on our menu bar.

To All of our Devoted Followers: On October 16, 17, and 18, 2013, we were able to observe students in nine of our city public schools as guitarists Thomas Flippin and Chris Mallett visited classrooms and assemblies at elementary, middle, and high schools. At every stop both students and teachers became a rapt audience for their amazing virtuosity and willingness to share of themselves. Most of these students had never met classical musicians in real life, let alone witness them perform for them personally. Here’s just a few of the students’ written comments about the visit: “This is a wonderful day that I will never in my life forget. I used to see playing an instrument as something that wasn’t really important, but after today that totally changed.” “I really enjoyed you guys playing. I can visualize a story out of each one. The first one I visualized a woman and man dancing but then the man said he loved her but the man was already married, so the woman ran away. The second one I thought of a man going insane and it was all in black and white. The last one I thought of a woman sitting next to a pond picking petals off of a flower thinking of her past love who died.” “I fell in love with the melodies you guys played. I never heard anyone play so well. You guys made me want to learn to play guitar, the way you play is just so beautiful it tells a story. I will be attending your performance Saturday to hear more.” In 2014 alone-with the financial support of many of you!--we were able to donate 5 classical guitars to Gateway STEM High School, 16 guitars to Central VPA High School, 12 guitars to Normandy Middle School, five guitars to Hazelwood North Middle School, and 16 guitars to Normandy High School! This brings to eleven the number of schools who have received guitars from us, a total of 250 instruments! Music can build skills, instill confidence, and promote creativity and social cooperation. Please consider donating to our education program! Just click on"Donate Online" on the left menu bar! This program is just the first step in our broader plan to support music education in the schools. Please consider making a donation to our organization this calendar year.! Just go to the bottom of the middle column on this page and click on Donate Now to see more about our programs. Thank you so much for your support! Sincerely, William Ash President

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