Through partnerships with Fischoff Competition alumni, Fischoff’s Arts-in-Education Residency programs bring exceptional free educational activities to more than 2,500 community children annually. Since 1995, Fischoff’s outreach programs have reached over 70,000 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, 36,808 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.
Jasper String Quartet Educator Award Residency 2016 - 2017
Fischoff is delighted to announce that JASPER STRING QUARTET has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Fischoff Educator Award. This national award recognizes the educational outreach work of Fischoff Competition alumni who have demonstrated outstanding and imaginative programming for children and youth in the United States. It honors musicians who have established professional careers in chamber music, and have proven their ability to successfully build a career in bothe chamber music performance and outreach education.
As the winner of the Fischoff Educator Award, Jasper String Quartet will receive a coveted endorsement from Fischoff, a cash award, and a week of community outreach programs in the South Bend region October 24-27, 2016 as part of Fischoff's award-winning Arts-in-Education Residency. They will present five SAM-I-Am Stories and Music programs to Title 1 schools in our community, and will hold orchestra workshops for middle school and high school students. An evening performance will be held at the History Museum.
In 2008, the Jaspers swept through the competition circuit, winn the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the Grand Prize at the Coleman Competition, First Prize at Chamber Music Yellow Springs, and the Silver Medal a the 2008 and 2009 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competitions. They were also the first ensemble honored with Yale School of Music's Horatio Parker Memorial Prize, an award established in 1945 and selected by faculty for "best fulfilling...lofty ideals."
Monday, October 24
|Beiger Elementary School, Mishawaka, IN||Sam-I-Am Program|
History Museum, South Bend - Gallery After Dark Dressing Downton Soiree
|Concert 7:00 p.m.|
Tuesday, October 25
|Penn High School, Mishawaka, IN||Orchestra Workshops|
|Fischoff Mentoring Ensembles||Masterclass|
Wednesda, October 26
|Perley Primary Fine Arts Academy, South Bend, IN||Sam-I-Am Program|
|Muessel Primary Center, South Bend, IN||Sam-I-Am Program|
Thursda, October 27
|Kennedy Academy, South Bend, IN||Sam-I-Am Program|
|Harrison Primary, South Bend, IN||Sam-I-Am Program|
Frida, October 28
A Recent Review: 2014 - 2015
Akropolis Reed Quintet was selected as the winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award.
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 rceived 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.
- Children's programs to 6 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
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 67,981 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.
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 2015-16 members of the Fischoff Education Circle
- The Cressy Foundation
- Diana & Nick Entrikin
- Dean & Sherri Goodwin
- Peter Holland & Romana Huk
- Pat & Bob Kill
- Randy & Mary Ann Rompola
- Jeny & John Sejdinaj
- Anna & Doug Thompson
- Jacque & Dan Weindruch
Fischoff's Arts-in-Education Residency programs would not be possible without the generous support of the following:
- 1st Source Bank
- AM General
- ArtsEverywhere Initiative of the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County
- Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
- Bradley & Company
- Burkhart Advertising
- Don and Nancy Crawford Fund
- Elenora Hartman Stickley Scholarship Fund
- First State Bank
- Florence V. Carroll Charitable Trust
- Four Winds Casino Resort
- Frederick S. Upton Foundation
- Indiana Arts Commission
- Indiana Michigan Power
- JP Morgan Chase & Co.
- Lexus of Mishawaka
- Mutual Bank
- Nanovic Institute for European Studies, University of Notre Dame
- Notre Dame Federal Credit Union
- PNC Bank
- Raclin School of the Arts, Indiana University South Bend
- Richard Harrison Bailey, Inc.
- Jeny & John Sejdinaj
- Teachers Credit Union Foundation
- Visit South Bend/Mishawaka
- University of Notre Dame
- Jacque & Dan Weindruch
*denotes in-kind support
This activity made possible, in part, with support from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County's ArtsEverywhere initiative.