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 61,600 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.

What's In Store: 2014 - 2015

AKROPOLIS REED QUINTET has been 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. They were also grand prize winners of the 2011 Plowman Chamber Music Competition and the MTNA Competition. For the 12/13 season Akropolis was the Ensemble-in-Residence with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, one of the United States' premiere chamber music presenters, and was invited to be a Shouse Institute ensemble for the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival.

Wholly committed to reaching out and fortifying the next generation of music mavericks, Akropolis created their 2013 Fall Education Tour, funded by over $5,000 raised by a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign. The tour visited 10 schools in Michigan serving underprivileged youth or under-funded arts programs. Ranging from interactive melody games for elementary students, master classes for middle and high school ensembles, and composer forums and business workshops for college musicians, Akropolis harnesses its creativity, energy, and versatility to make music a personal and lasting experience for all students.

As winner of the Fischoff Educator Award, the Akropolis Reed Quintet will receive a coveted endorsement from Fischoff, a cash award, and a week of community outreach programs in the South Bend region from March 22-26, 2015, as part of Fischoff's award winning Arts-in-Education Residency.

Akropolis will present:

  • Children's programs 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

Educator Award Residency Tour: March 22 - 26

Schedule TBD    





A Recent Review: 2013 - 2014

AEOLUS QUARTET was selected as the winner  of the 2013 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.

The Aeolus Quartet won the 2011 Fischoff Competition's Senior String Division Silver Medal. They were also grand prize winners of the 2011 Plowman Chamber Music Competition and the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, and received the 2012 John Lad Prize awarded by the St. Lawrence String Quartet in recognition of their "high level of musicianship...the passion, the dedication, and the great generosity of the spirit they have demonstrated..." The Juilliard School named the Aeolus Quartet its new graduate resident quartet in 2013.

As winner of the Fischoff Educator Award, the Aeolus Quartet received a coveted endorsement from Fischoff, a cash award, and a week of community outreach programs in the South Bend region from November 10-16, 2013.

Aeolus Quartet presented 12 programs throughout the Northern Indiana region including Fischoff's award-winning S.A.M. I Am (Stories & Music) program, which included a creative writing component for 3rd-grade students; masterclasses & workshops for middle, high school, and university students; and, a unique Courtroom Soiree held in the McCartan Courtroom, Eck School of Law, University of Notre Dame and offered free to the community.

A third grade creative writing contest winner was announced from each school. The winning story was read by the quartet and each winner received a $50 gift card and a certificate.

The Fischoff Creative Writing Contest Winners:

  • Ka'Drena Perkins, age 8, Muessel Primary School, South Bend, IN
  • MaKenna King, age 8, Elsie Rogers Elementary Schools, Mishawaka, IN
  • Kai Gillespie, age 8, Kennedy Primary Academy, South Bend, IN
  • Lillyana Landess, age 8, New Buffalo Elementary School, New Buffalo, MI
  • Macey Springer, age 8, Three Oaks Elementary School, Three Oaks, MI


Past Awards

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

  • 2013 National Endowment for the Arts ArtWorks 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 61.603 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:

Year Ensemble Total Children/Youth S.A.M. I Am Book Reinactment S.A.M. I Am Children Served
1996 Eaken Piano Trio 900 N/A 400
1997 Rackham 2000 Berlioz the Bear 675
1998 Cavani String Quartet 500 Goldilocks & the Three Bears 500
1999 Manhattan Brass 520 The Mitten 520
2000 Fry Street Quartet  1400 Extraordinary Egg 450
2000 Prism 1900 Annie & the Wild Animals 400
2001 Ninth Circle Sax Quartet 500 Miss Spider's New Car 300
2001 Imani Winds 1500 The Big Red Barn 500
2002 Quintet Attacca 400 Wind Says Goodnight 350
2002 Imani Winds 1500 I Wish Tonight 500
2002 Imani Winds 1500 Moon Rope 500
2003 Chiara String Quartet 1500 Mole Music 525
2003 Imani Winds 1650 Anasi the Spider 550
2003 Fry Street Quartet  1600 Night Cat 560
2004 Manhattan Brass 1200 Cuckoo 475
2004 Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues 2502 The Jazz Fly 1625
2004 Imani Winds 1774 When it Starts to Snow 804
2005 Marian Anderson String Quartet 1437 The Bat Boy & His Violin 725
2005 Imani Winds 2101 Ruby Sings the Blues 1368
2005 Triton Brass Quintet 1327 Where There's A Bear, There's Trouble 1205
2006 Fry Street Quartet  880 Shy Charles 542
2007 CINCO Brass Quintet 1956 Rose Meets Mr. Wintergarten 1079
2007 Jupiter Quartet 1694 The Bat Boy & His Violin 1519
2007 CINCO Brass Quintet 2200 Elena's Serenade 1833
2008 Fry Street Quartet  2908 Max 510
2008-09 Euclid String Quartet 4127 Sebastian's Roller Skates 2589
2009 Quintet Attacca 3285 Peter and the Wolf 2542
2009-10 Euclid String Quartet 3078 The Bee Tree 2500
2010 Angeles Saxophone Quartet 3501 Ruby Sings the Blues 1266
2011 Calidore String Quartet 1589 Miss Nelson is Missing! 1153
2011 City of Tomorrow Woodwind Quintet 1496 N/A 712
2011 Axiom Brass 2007 Imogene's Last Stand 1826
2012 NEW Trio 811 N/A  
2012 Barkada Saxophone Quartet 1085 Elena's Seranade 892
2012 Tesla String Quartet 565


2013 Project Fusion 546 N/A  
2013 Omer Quartet 1126 N/A  
2013 Aeolus Quartet 2534 The Best Story 1546
  TOTAL 63,099   33,608


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 2013-14 members of the Fischoff Education Circle

  • Cressy Foundation
  • Diane & Nick Entrikin
  • Pat & Bob Kill
  • Sara Burkhart Miller
  • Randy & Mary Ann Rompola
  • Jeny & John Sejdinaj
  • Anna & Doug Thompson


2013 - 2014 Sponsors

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

  • 1st Source Bank
  • Art Decio
  • ArtsEverywhere Initiative of the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County
  • Arts Midwest
  • Barbara Shields Byrum Fund
  • Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
  • Beiger Mansion
  • Ed & Heidi Bradley
  • Burkhart Advertising, Inc.
  • Sara Burkhart Miller
  • Pam & Dan Chipman
  • Christine & Glenn Cook
  • Steven & Terri Cramer
  • Don and Nancy Crawford Fund
  • The Cressy Foundation
  • Culver Academies
  • William & Anna Jean Cushwa
  • Frederick & Ann Dean
  • DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame
  • Aaron & Kendra Divine
  • Ann & Paul Divine
  • Elkhart County Community Foundation
  • Elnora Hartman Stickley Scholarship Fund
  • Eddy Street Executive Suites
  • Diane & Nick Entrikin
  • Estate of Loretta M. Ernst
  • Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
  • First State Bank
  • The Florence V. Carroll Charitable Trust
  • Char and Burt Ford Fund
  • Frederick S. Upton Foundation
  • Carolyn & Larry Garber
  • Sherri & Dean Goodwin
  • Great Lakes Scientific
  • Henkels Lecture Series, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts
  • Paul Herman Family Fund
  • Peter Holland & Romana Huk
  • Nancy Ickler & Gary Hamburg
  • Indiana Arts Commission
  • Indiana Michigan Power
  • The Inn at Saint Marys *
  • Dr. & Mrs. Mark Jacobi
  • Jordan Kapson Charitable Trust
  • The Georgina Joshi Foundation, Inc.
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Jurgonski and Fredlake, CPAs
  • Jeff Kantor & Diane Bradley-Kantor
  • Jim & Melinda Keenan
  • Pat & Bob Kill
  • Kathy & James Kunzler
  • Hubert & Judith Kuzmich
  • Lexus of Mishawaka
  • Jim & Nancy McAdams
  • Deirdre & Tim McTigue
  • Daniel Meyers
  • Mossberg & Company *
  • Mutual Bank
  • Nanovic Institute for European Studies, University of Notre Dame
  • Kathleen & Mark Neal
  • Charles & Sharon Nelson
  • Notre Dame Federal Credit Union
  • Old National Bank
  • Nancy & Jim Olson
  • PNC Bank
  • The Pokagon Fund
  • Raclin School of the Arts, Indiana University South Bend
  • Richard Harrison Bailey / The Agency *
  • Teresa & Jack Roberts
  • Randy & Mary Ann Rompola
  • Kitty Rose & Ed Everett
  • Scott & Carol Russell
  • Paul Saltzgaber Memorial Fund for Reading, Writing & the Arts in the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, Inc.
  • Elizabeth Scheicher & Dan Czarnecki
  • Barry & Carri Schein
  • Shirley Schneider & Bill Garber
  • Jeny & John Sejdinaj
  • Dennis Slade
  • South Bend/Mishawaka Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB)
  • Dr. Lynn Stettbacher
  • Mike Szymanski
  • Target
  • Teachers Credit Union Foundation
  • Anna & Doug Thompson
  • Jerry & Meg Toma
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Carole Walton
  • Ida & Perry Watson *
  • Jacque & Dan Weindruch
  • Jim & JoAnn Wittenbach
  • South Bend Silver Hawks

*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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