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: 2013 - 2014

AEOLUS QUARTET has been 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 musics.

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 teh 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 has named the Aeolus Quartet its new graduate resident quartet in 2013.

As winner of the Fischoff Educator Award, the Aeolus Quartet will receive a coveted endorsement from Fischoff, a cash award, and a week of community outreach programs in the South Bend region from November 10-16, as part of Fischoff's award-winning Arts-in-Education Residency.

Aeolus Quartet will present:

  • Children's programs featurig the book The Best Story as part of Fischoff's award-winning S.A.M. I Am (Stories & Music) program
  • New this year is the addition of creative writing contest for participating 3rd graders. DETAILS & ENTRY FORM HERE
  • Masterclasses & workshops for area middle, high school and university students
  • A unique Courtroom Soiree will be held in the McCartan Courtroom, Eck Hall of Law, University of Notre Dame and offered free to the community

Educator Award Residency Tour: November 11 - 16

Monday, November 11 11:00 a.m. Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Mishawaka, IN

Stories And Music Program, Best Story, Eileen Spinelli

      This is Bookfair Day! Bring your voucher to support Fischoff.
  4:30 p.m. Eck Visitor Center, University of Notre Dame Fischoff Mentoring Masterclass
Tuesday, November 12 7:30 p.m. DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame Masterclass for Notre Dame Orchestra
Wednesday, November 13 7:00 p.m. McCartan Courtroom, Eck School of Law, University of Notre Dame Soiree & Reception (details here)
Thursday, November 14 1:30 p.m. John Young Middle School, Mishawaka, IN Orchestra Workshop
Friday, November 15 10:00 a.m. St. Joseph High School, St. Joseph, MI Orchestra Workshop
Saturday, November 16 11:00 a.m. Arts Building at IUSB South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra workshop for Concert Orchestra

Fischoff Stories and Music Program will be performed by Aeolus Quartet at the following schools:

  • November 12, Muessel Primary School, IN
  • November 12, Elsie Rogers Elementary School, IN
  • November 14, Kennedy Primary Academy, IN
  • November 15, New Buffalo Elementary School, MI
  • November 15, Chikaming Elementary School, MI

A third grade creative writing contest winner will be announced from each school. The winning story will be read by the quartet and each winner will receive a $50 gift card and 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 School, 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


A Recent Review: 2012 - 2013

In 2012, Fischoff residencies featured both the Barkada Quartet, Grand Prize and Senior Wind Division Gold Medal Winner of the 2012 Fischoff Competition, and the Tesla Quartet, 2012 Senior String Division Gold Medal Winner. Programs included concerts, master classes, workshops and children's programs.

The Barkada Quartet began as a student chamber ensemble during the Fall of 2011 and is only the second saxophone quartet to win the Fischoff Grand Prize. Comprised of current and former students of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Barkada seeks to blend the colors and subtlety of traditional chamber ensembles with the flexibility and power of the saxophone. Members include Christopher Elchico (soprano saxophone), Martí Comas (alto saxophone), Steven Lawhon (tenor saxophone), and Justin Polyblank (baritone saxophone).

Through their interest in culturally grounded repertoire, curiosity in exploring the homogenous and heterogeneous blending of musical colors, and above all, continual strengthening of their friendship outside of rehearsal space, the quartet hopes to remind listeners of all ages that chamber playing began as a means for friends and family to share the beauty of music with one another.

The Barkada Quartet outreach programs concentrated on children's programs featuring a musical re-enactment of the children's book, Elena's Serenade, as well as presenting workshops for teens.

The Tesla Quartet was formed at the Juilliard School in 2008 and quickly established itself as one of the most promising young ensembles in New York, winning Second Prize at the J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition only a few months after its inception. In addition to winning the Gold Medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the quartet also won the Third Prize in the 2012 London International String Quartet Competition. The London Evening Standard called their rendition of the Debussy Quartet "a subtly coloured performance that balanced confidently between intimacy and extraversion." From 2009 to 2012 the quartet (violinists Ross Snyder and Michelle Lie, violist Megan Mason, and cellist Kimberly Patterson) held a fellowship as the Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where they studied with the world-renowned Takács Quartet.

The Tesla Quartet performed master classes and music workshops for community youth and young adults.

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

Children/Youth Served

Total Attendees S.A.M. I Am Book Reinactment
1996 Eaken Piano Trio 400 900 N/A
1997 Rackham 675 2000 Berlioz the Bear
1998 Cavani String Quartet 500 500 Goldilocks & the Three Bears
1999 Manhattan Brass 520 520 The Mitten
2000 Fry Street Quartet  450 1400 Extraordinary Egg
2000 Prism 400 1900 Annie & the Wild Animals
2001 Ninth Circle Sax Quartet 300 500 Miss Spider's New Car
2001 Imani Winds 500 1500 The Big Red Barn
2002 Quintet Attacca 350 400 Wind Says Goodnight
2002 Imani Winds 500 1500 I Wish Tonight
2002 Imani Winds 500 1500 Moon Rope
2003 Chiara String Quartet 525 1500 Mole Music
2003 Imani Winds 550 1650 Anasi the Spider
2003 Fry Street Quartet  560 1600 Night Cat
2004 Manhattan Brass 475 1200 Cuckoo
2004 Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues 1625 2502 The Jazz Fly
2004 Imani Winds 804 1774 When it Starts to Snow
2005 Marian Anderson String Quartet 725 1437 The Bat Boy & His Violin
2005 Imani Winds 1368 2101 Ruby Sings the Blues
2005 Triton Brass Quintet 1205 1327 Where There's A Bear, There's Trouble
2006 Fry Street Quartet  542 880 Shy Charles
2007 CINCO Brass Quintet 1079 1956 Rose Meets Mr. Wintergarten
2007 Jupiter Quartet 1519 1694 The Bat Boy & His Violin
2007 CINCO Brass Quintet 1833 2200 Elena's Serenade
2008 Fry Street Quartet  510 2908 Max
2008-09 Euclid String Quartet 2589 4127 Sebastian's Roller Skates
2009 Quintet Attacca 2542 3285 Peter and the Wolf
2009-10 Euclid String Quartet 2500 3078 The Bee Tree
2010 Angeles Saxophone Quartet 1266 3501 Ruby Sings the Blues
2011 Calidore String Quartet 1153 1589 Miss Nelson is Missing!
2011 City of Tomorrow Woodwind Quintet 712 1496 N/A
2011 Axiom Brass 1826 2007 Imogene's Last Stand
2012 NEW Trio 388 811 N/A
2012 Barkada Quartet 892 1085 Elena's Seranade
2012 Tesla Quartet 167 565 N/A
  TOTAL 33,450 58,893  


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
  • 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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