Arts-in-Education Residencies


Through partnerships with Fischoff Competition alumni, Fischoff’s Arts-in-Education Residency programs bring exceptional free educational activities to more than 5,700 community children annually.  Since 1995, Fischoff’s outreach programs have reached over 61,000 children and youth throughout Northern Indiana and Southwestern Michigan, placing a particular emphasis on underserved and at-risk communities.

Fischoff’s educational programs enrich the musical and cultural life of the community through personal interaction with musicians of the highest caliber.  Artists perform for and interact with children, creating an open educational environment for those who may have limited experience in classical music.  The programs are taken directly to audiences in familiar environments – in schools, libraries and community centers. For many, the programs are their first exposure to a live performance of classical music by professional musicians.

All of Fischoff’s educational programs are offered at no cost to participants. 

S.A.M. I Am (Stories & Music), the flagship program of Fischoff’s Arts-in-Education residencies, reinforces the importance of reading through the power of music. S.A.M. I Am programs allow children, ages 5-10, to hear books transformed with flair and imagination by nationally-recognized musicians, all of whom are Fischoff Competition alumni.  The program integrates music with literacy, storytelling and drama.  Musicians often perform in costume, and instruments and melodies may represent characters, themes, and moods from the story.  Programs are offered in school settings, and all classroom teachers receive a free copy of the book in advance of the program to incorporate the story into their curriculum.  To date, 36,296 children have been served by this program.

Peer Ambassadors for Chamber Music (PACMan) pairs the Fischoff Competition's younger ensembles with area schoolchildren, to offer a friendly introduction to chamber music.

Master classes and music workshops are presented by residency ensembles to middle- and high-school-aged students.

A Recent Review: 2014 - 2015

AKROPOLIS REED QUINTET was selected as the winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award, which recognizes the educational outreach work of Fischoff Competition alumni who have demonstrated outstanding and imaginative programming for children and youth in the United States while maintaining professional careers in chamber music.

Akropolis won the 2014 Fischoff Competition's Senior Wind Division Gold Medal and 2012 Senior Wind Division Silver Medal. As winner of the Fischoff Educator Award, the Akropolis Reed Quintet received a coveted endorsement from Fischoff, a cash award, and a week of community outreach programs in the South Bend region from March 23-26, 2015, as part of Fischoff's award winning Arts-in-Education Residency.

Akropolis presented:

  • Children's programs to 97 classrooms featuring the book The Best Story as part of Fischoff's award-winning S.A.M. I Am (Stories & Music) program
  • Back by popular demand, a creative writing contest for participating 3rd graders
  • Masterclasses & workshops for area middle, high school and university students

More than 2,550 children, youth, and young adults participated in programs.


Educator Award Residency Tour: March 23 - 26

Monday March 23, 2015 John Young Middle School, Mishawaka, IN

Wind & String Workshop

Tuesday March 24, 2015 Elm Road Elementary School, Mishawaka, IN S.A.M. I Am Program & Writing Contest
    St. Adelberts Elementary School, South Bend, IN S.A.M. I Am Program & Writing Contest
    Notre Dame Orchestra, University of Notre Dame Reed Workshop
Wednesday March 25, 2015 Harrison Primary, South Bend, IN S.A.M. I Am Program & Writing Contest
    Swanson Primary, South Bend, IN S.A.M. I Am Program & Writing Contest
    Christ the King School, South Bend, IN Band Workshop
Thursday March 26, 2015 Darden Primary, South Bend, IN S.A.M. I Am Program & Writing Contest
    LaSalle Academy, South Bend, IN Band Workshop
    Robinson Community Learning Center, South Bend, IN S.A.M. I Am Program

Past Awards

Fischoff’s educational programs have received the following local, state and national recognition and awards:

  • 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grant for live-streaming the Fischoff Competition
  • 2014 Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence Award, Community Foundation of St. Joseph County
  • 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grant for live-streaming the Fischoff Competition and archiving master classes
  • 2009 National Endowment for the Arts Access to Artistic Excellence Grant
  • 2009 National Endowment for the Arts American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Grant
  • 2009 Indiana State Senate Resolution Sixty-Four: Honoring the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association for its innovative programs that introduce children to the beauty of chamber music.
  • 2007 Indiana Governor’s Arts Award
  • 2005 Indiana Achievement Award for Nonprofit Excellence
  • 2004 Leighton Award for Non-Profit Excellence Special Recognition Award

Program History and Impact

Since 1995, the Fischoff Residency programs have worked with a wide variety of talented chamber ensembles presenting creative programs of the highest order to more than 61,600 community children and youth. Fischoff has received six grants from the National Endowment of the Arts in support of the residency program. We are proud to share the following information representing the Residency's history and impact. Click here to see the full list of Fischoff Residency programs.

Education Circle

Fischoff Education Circle, a community of donors whose annual support of $1,000 or more is directed to Fischoff's educational outreach and early arts education intervention programs.

We extend our sincerest thanks to the 2014-15 members of the Fischoff Education Circle

  • Steve & Terry Cramer
  • The Cressy Foundation
  • Diane & Nick Entrikin
  • Dean & Sherri Goodwin
  • Peter Holland & Romana Huk
  • Pat & Bob Kill
  • Nancy & Jim Olson
  • Randy & Mary Ann Rompola
  • Jeny & John Sejdinaj
  • Anna & Doug Thompson

2015 Sponsors

Fischoff's Arts-in-Education Residency programs would not be possible without the generous support of the following:

  • 1st Source Bank
  • ArtsEverywhere Initiative of the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County
  • Arts Midwest
  • Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
  • Steven & Terri Cramer
  • Don and Nancy Crawford Fund
  • Elnora Hartman Stickley Scholarship Fund
  • Diane & Nick Entrikin
  • Fritz & Breeze Ettl
  • Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
  • First State Bank
  • Gibson Insurance
  • Henkels Lecture Series, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts
  • Indiana Arts Commission
  • Indiana Michigan Power
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Jurgonski and Fredlake, CPAs
  • Jeff Kantor & Diane Bradley-Kantor
  • Hubert & Judith Kuzmich
  • Lexus of Mishawaka
  • Gail & Joe Mancini
  • Mutual Bank
  • Nanovic Institute for European Studies, University of Notre Dame
  • Kathleen & Mark Neal
  • Notre Dame Federal Credit Union
  • Old National Bank
  • Nancy & Jim Olson
  • PeopleLink Group
  • PNC Bank
  • The Pokagon Fund
  • Raclin School of the Arts, Indiana University South Bend
  • Randy & Mary Ann Rompola
  • Paul Saltzgaber Memorial Fund for Reading, Writing & the Arts in the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, Inc.
  • Barry & Carri Schein
  • Jeny & John Sejdinaj
  • Dennis Slade
  • South Bend Cubs
  • Target
  • Teachers Credit Union Foundation
  • Anna & Doug Thompson
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Jacque & Dan Weindruch
  • Jim & JoAnn Wittenbach

*denotes in-kind support


This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Indiana Arts Commission and General Mills Foundation.

This activity made possible, in part, with support from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County's ArtsEverywhere initiative.

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