Inspiring Hope in September

Charlotte Holliday

Compose This! A Creativity Challenge: And the Winner is...

Last month we challenged young composers to share their original music.  After reviewing the submissions, we are happy to announce the winning piece is "Foresight," composed by Dennis Erikson, age 13. Watch Dennis perform "Foresight" at the Music Center at Strathmore.  Dennis has performed for the Tacy Foundation at the National Institutes of Health, at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, and for CD recording projects. Thank you and congratulations, Dennis!

Alexandra's Story: Healing Through Music 

Alexandra is one of many students who donates time and talents to the Tacy Foundation.  She knows about the healing power of music firsthand.

The Tacy Foundation provides opportunities for children to give the gift of music to those in pain or in need. I myself am very grateful for this opportunity, because in the spring of 2014, I was the one in the hospital with a broken femur, and music came to the rescue. When I found out that my leg was broken, the first thought that went through my head was, “How will I be able to play piano?” I was crushed, but thanks to amazing doctors, nurses and staff at Children’s National Medical Center, eight days after my surgery, I pushed myself to stand up from the wheelchair, took my walker and started practicing piano. As soon as my fingers pressed that first note, my pain was relieved and worry disappeared. The piano and music in general became a source of comfort and consolation. The melodies played in my head and empowered me to get up and start walking again. I believe my personal experience proves that music truly does heal. -- Alexandra T.




Fall Recording Project: 6 Albums, 2000 CDs

We are preparing new CDs for shipment by late October. Popular songs, original songs, classical music, children's music, and combinations of styles are on these CDs.  The CDs are designed to be a tangible gift to a patient or resident and family.  Sometimes knowing that the larger community cares brings strength.  Certainly, children and teens bring an energy of hopeful life through their efforts to share uplifting music of a variety of styles on six different CDs with those who are struggling with disease or aging. Album cover artwork designed and donated by three students of Marielou Holmes of Walkersville, MD

More than 2,000 CDs will be donated to the following organizations:

  • Johns Hopkins Breast Center
  • Children's National Medical Center
  • Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation
  • Nemours Children's Health System
  • Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children
  • St. Jude Children's Research Center
  • NIH Patient Library
  • NIH Children's Inn
  • MD Anderson Cancer Hospital
  • Fisher Houses throughout USA
  • VA Hospitals in Baltimore, DC, and Pennsylvania
  • NLEAFCF in New York City for children of the fallen in 9/11


As an all-volunteer organization, we are so grateful for your support of the mentoring and educational programs and performance opportunities that benefit children, families, seniors, veterans and hospital patients through our three-part mission:
  • Educational Mission: Foster youth development through music, story and mentoring
  • Philanthropic Mission: Empower youth to discover and use their gifts in service to others
  • Social Mission: Build community partnerships, create intergenerational connections



Copyright © 2015 The Tacy Foundation, Inc.  All rights reserved.
P.O. Box 2334
Germantown, MD 20875



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