Unprecedented Awards for M&F

Midori & Friends was thrilled to receive an unprecedented 12 CASA (Cultural After-School Adventures) grants from New York City Council Members. These grants support our high-quality music education programs in 12 public schools during the 2014-2015 school year. We can't wait to meet all of their students!


Our sincere thanks to the following Council Members who designated these CASA grants for M&F programs at public schools in their district:
Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., Council District 37 (PS 65)
Vincent J. Gentile, Council District 43 (PS 163)
Stephen Levin, Council District 33 (PS 157)
Alan Maisel, Council District 46 (PS 194)
Antonio Reynoso, Council District 34 (PS 250)
Annabel Palma, Council District 18 (PS 536)
Ritchie Torres, Council District 15 (PS 85)
Inez Dickens, Council District 9 (PS 180)
Mark Levine, Council District 7 ( PS 4M & PS 36)
Ydanis Rodriguez, Council District 10 (PS 314)
Paul Vallone, Council District 19 (PS 98)
We are grateful for their belief in the importance of music education, and honored to have their partnership. 


A Thrilling Meeting

Midori was thrilled to meet with Chancellor Fariña and key members of the NYC Department of Education's leadership team. Along with Midori & Friends Executive Director Suzanne Wilson and Program Manager Gary Padmore, she expressed our pride in our 22-year partnership with the DOE.  

Together we are making sure that music is a part of every student's school day. 

Here's to a terrific start of the new school year!

Do Re Mi with the DOE

Midori & Friends was honored to be selected by the New York City's Department of Education as a partner for the 2014 Summer Arts Initiative (SAI), a free, annual program for public school students in Grades 8 – 12 from throughout the city. The SAI nurtures young musicians who are at an intermediate or advanced level of their art form, including instrumental music, vocal music, dance, drama, photography, or visual art. M&F teaching artist Charisa Rouse is co-leading the string orchestra of 25 students with Fort Hamilton High School strings director, Barry Stern. In addition to her expertise in classical music, Charisa has brought a wealth of knowledge as a violinist in multiple genres such as jazz, funk, and rock and roll. This is the inaugural year of the strings program at the Summer Arts Institute.

Summer Sounds

Through our partnership with the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, each year we facilitate scholarships to Usdan's acclaimed Summer Music Program for 12 of our students.

This year, Midori & Friends students from PS 180 in Harlem, PS 160 in Jamaica, Queens, and PS 229 in Woodside, Queens, are enjoying music classes and summer camp fun on Usdan's beautiful 200-acre woodland campus on Long Island. Some of these young musicians, like PS 180 7th-graders Nalani Ferguson (violin) and Langa Sibanda (saxophone), are returning for their 2nd or 3rd consecutive Usdan summer, reuniting with friends and taking their musicianship to the next level.

Congrats to our good friends!

Congratulations to Midori & Friends Chair Emeritus John D’Addario, Jr., and his brother, Jim D’Addario, for being recognized by Music Merchandise Review (MMR) with the 2014 Don Johnson Music Industry Service Award.

The trophy conferred with this prestigious award to the D’Addario brothers reads “In Recognition and Appreciation for Your Outstanding Advocacy and Support for Music Education at the Community and National Level.”

Midori & Friends joins MMR in the resounding applause for the D’Addarios. We are grateful for our longstanding partnership with the D’Addario family, a collaboration that has been transformative for the growth and development of our organization.

In 2006, the D’Addario family launched the Midori & Friends guitar instruction program. Through their leadership, this program – the most popular one that we offer – now brings instruments, talented teaching artists, and sequential guitar instruction to students at schools and community organizations across the city. These young people learn playing techniques and repertoire, as well as how to harmonize, listen in an ensemble, read music, and express themselves artistically, and share their accomplishments by performing for their families and their school community. None of this would be possible without the D’Addarios’ vision and generous participation.

We invite you to follow the link below to read the article in the current issue of MMR which depicts the history of the D’Addario family’s extraordinary commitment to music education, as well as the superlative work being done by the current president of the D’Addario Foundation, John’s daughter, and former Midori & Friends board member, Suzanne D’Addario Brouder.

MMR Article: 2014 Don Johnson Industry Service Award Winners

We are so proud to see the D’Addario family publicly acknowledged for their support of music education initiatives across the country. We salute them, and we thank them for everything they have done for Midori & Friends.


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