Inspiring Hope In February

Welcoming New Musicians

This month I want to extend a special welcome to the many new young musicians and families who are beginning to participate in the Tacy Foundation programs. Every Saturday, new musicians and their parents/families come to Adventist Health Care Shady Grove Medical Center to share their music with the patients and visitors. This time is also used to audition for the opportunity to play at other venues across Montgomery County.
I am excited to welcome each of you. As you participate in more events and opportunities and get to know the wonderful families who make the work of the Tacy Foundation possible, you will find that you are part of a wonderful community of children and families -- some of the very best people I have ever known.

Support the 2017 Music Project
The music CDs have been recorded and soon they will be shipped to Fisher Houses and hospitals around the country. If you would like to support the young musicians and the patients who will benefit from the uplifting music, you can donate to support the project. It costs about $10 per CD to prepare and send to those in need.

Graduate Spotlight: Kenner M.
Kenner is an engineer and producer for video gaming companies in San Francisco.
What motivated you to study music and to share music with others?
Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember! One of my earliest memories is sitting on my grandfather’s lap as he taught me “Robin in a Cherry Tree.” Soon after I started official lessons and then sharing music at church and in recitals. I was continually motivated by the loving people who would come and listen. They were so often moved and encouraged me to keep growing and sharing my talents.

What was it like to participate in the Tacy Foundation?
I loved every moment of it! I participated on and off in the Holliday Piano Studio and the Tacy Foundation throughout my middle and high school years. Charlotte Holliday had been a longtime family friend and quickly became my most influential teacher, encouraging me to read between and beyond the music notes. She introduced me to the Tacy Foundation which opened new doors to sharing music through both recordings and live performances. I met an amazing community of music lovers and students who were all working hard to improve the world through melodies and harmonies.

Do you think sharing music made an impact on others?
It does! I’ve seen first hand both the energizing and relaxing effects of music. There’s nothing quite like hearing a chorus of churchgoers feel the strength in an anthemic hymn and having them bounce it right back at you. That’s a feedback loop that just doesn’t happen in a regular day of life! On the flipside, I’ve seen relaxation and relief on the faces of people who are approaching the end of life. Being able to share a moment of calm through music is as beautiful as it is emotional.
How do you think your experience has made a difference in your life?
Music has become a part of me. When I first moved away from home I didn’t have a piano and it felt like I was missing a limb. Music keeps me grounded, providing not only a private outlet for emotion and creativity, but also as a tool to share love, joy, hope and peace.
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

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Germantown, MD 20875

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