Education Fund

Application Deadline: March 31st

Please submit all grant applications for the WCPE Education Fund to:

WCPE Education Fund
PO Box 828
Wake Forest, NC 27588-0828

or by emailing Dan McHugh here:

WCPE-FM Education Fund Supports Five Organizations for 2017-2018 Season

WCPE Education Fund

WAKE FOREST, NC (January 22, 2018) – For the 2017-2018 season, the WCPE Education Fund received a record 18 applications, all of which were carefully reviewed by the Ed Fund committee. The committee is pleased to award grants totaling $10,000 to five worthy entities from Greensboro to Wake Forest, NC.

The Community Music School of Raleigh will continue its comprehensive music education program through which they offer $1 music lessons and ensemble opportunities for students aged 6 through 18 years old who qualify for the Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program. Students also participate in workshops and demonstrations from visiting artists, recitals, and public performances in the community.

A new grant recipient, Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, will be able to grow its Beginning Strings Program, an in-school string education program in partnership with UNC-Greensboro, two elementary Title I elementary schools, and one middle school in the Guilford County School System. Students will receive instruments and weekly lessons, and they will perform before the Symphony’s Masterworks and POPS concerts and at UNC-G events.

Musical Empowerment partners the talents of music students from UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State University, and now Wake Forest University with children from underserved communities. Last year, 150 students were paired with 138 college student volunteers for lessons, recitals, and other performances. Enjoying an explosion of requests for volunteer mentoring from more universities, Musical Empowerment plans to facilitate its administrative growth to better aid its students.

Serving the towns of Wake Forest, Rolesville, and North Raleigh, Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra offers pre-K through 12th grade instrumental music education and tuition assistance. The Music Ed grant will help WFCYO’s Community Concert Series by supporting the cost of rental facilities and equipment, music, and marketing materials.

Young Musicians of Alamance in Burlington will continue to provide intensive music instruction to student musicians as they work to recruit 20 new first graders from Title I schools already being served in the Alamance-Burlington Schools. This grant will assist in funding the hiring of a new teaching artist.

Each of these organizations is dedicated to helping children experience the joy of music by providing accessible, affordable lessons and meaningful performance opportunities. All of this is made possible by WCPE listeners who set aside 10 percent of their gift to fund musical education in our communities.




The Education Fund committee welcomes your recommendations for classical music education opportunities. Tell us which musical nonprofit organizations within your community could use WCPE’s funding. With you acting as our eyes and ears, we will be better able to serve the community. Together, we can make a difference!



From WCPE Education Fund Founder, Tara Lynn:

I am deeply touched by the support we’ve received from our donors for the WCPE Education Fund.
Together, we are sending a clear message about the value we place upon music education and the
importance of building a stable future for the arts in North Carolina. This summer, WCPE awarded five
grants totaling more than $8,000, reaffirming our commitment to increasing access to Classical music
education in North Carolina. Grant recipients include North Carolina Chamber Music Institute, Wake
Forest Community Youth Orchestra, Community Music School, Chamber Music Raleigh, and Raleigh
Concert Band.

Funding for Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra, a strings program now entering its second year,
will provide printed music, new instruments, and tuition assistance to students from low-income
families and families experiencing financial hardship. North Carolina Chamber Music Institute connects
student musicians with top musical coaches in the area. Each student participates in a quartet or
quintet, performing several times throughout the year in recitals and outreach concerts. A chamber
ensemble will be named in honor of WCPE for the 2015–16 season. This season, a grant to Community Music School of $2,000* will provide professionally taught weekly music lessons for $1 per lesson to children who would not otherwise be able to afford them*.
A grant from the WCPE Education Fund will allow the school to provide high-quality music education to
more students at this affordable rate. Chamber Music Raleigh, formerly known as the Raleigh Chamber
Music Guild, will add outreach concerts to its programming in the 2015–16 season, making use of its
resident ensemble, Oak City String Quartet, which comprises members of the North Carolina Symphony.
A grant from the WCPE Education Fund will support family concerts at various Wake County public
library branches targeting young families. Oak City String Quartet will work with students at Community
Music School several times on Saturday mornings this season. Finally, a grant to Raleigh Concert Band, a
recreational and educational adult ensemble, will purchase music and provide funding for concert
venues in the 2015–16 season. To learn more about these grants, visit

Please click here for additional information!



Oak City String Quartet



North Carolina Symphony’s Ovations

In the 2014/15 season, The WCPE Education Fund sponsored the North Carolina Symphony’s Ovations program, providing concert tickets at no cost to nearly two dozen small groups of advanced student musicians in North Carolina. To receive concert tickets, each ensemble performs for a half hour before one of the Symphony’s classical concerts, from 7:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. in the lobby of Meymandi Concert Hall. The Ovations program provides a wonderful opportunity to preview musical works as these young musicians are preparing for their concerts and competitions. North Carolina Symphony musicians and the Symphony’s world class guest artists are role models who encourage Ovations participants to reach higher, try harder, and –above all- keep on playing!



Chapel Hill Philharmonia

In the fall of 2014, the WCPE Education Fund help Chapel Hill Philharmonia present a free children’s concert, conducted by Chapel Hill music professor Donald Oehler. Chapel Hill Philharmonia is a diverse group of musicians who share a love of classical music. Learn more about the ensemble at

Chapel Hill Philharmonia

Chapel Hill Philharmonia



KidzNotes Classics

Now in its fourth year, Kidznotes is a music program that inspires social change for its students and the
community. It engages students pre-Kindergarten through the 12th grade in ten hours, weekly, of instrumental
instruction, choir, music theory, general music, orchestra, and band. The program, which relies on community
support and partnerships, is based on the successful El Sistema model pioneered by Venezuelan economist and
musician José Antonio Abreu. We’ll be asking several of the students to practice their writing and presentation
skills to share some of their favorite works of classical music with our listeners- on the radio! We were able to
record material for Kidznotes Classics during the twelve-day Kidznotes Summer Camp this past July. Our WCPE
Education Fund provided scholarships for six students to attend camp with a grant of $2,000. Read more about
Kidznotes at

Kidznotes Classics aired Monday, September 15 at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 21, at 4:00 p.m. Click here to listen to excerpts from the show!

WCPE is not able to post the entire show due to copyright restrictions, but you may listen to the children’s voices.



WCPE Education Fund

Contributing to the WCPE Education Fund is an option available only to WCPE donors who
forgo a thank-you gift and ask, instead, to send ten percent of their contribution back out into our
community to fund classical music educational endeavors. WCPE accepts grant applications for
projects local nonprofit organizations with an annual March deadline. Over the years we have
provided music lessons, masterclasses, concert tickets, sheet music, and much more.
Here’s what our most recent grants have accomplished.

    • This fall, we partner with Kidznotes in Durham, North Carolina to bring you special
      programming for children, by children. Now in its fourth year, Kidznotes is a music
      program that inspires social change for its students and the community. It engages
      students pre-Kindergarten through the 12th grade in ten hours, weekly, of instrumental
      instruction, choir, music theory, general music, orchestra, and band. The program,
      which relies on community support and partnerships, is based on the successful El
      Sistema model pioneered by Venezuelan economist and musician José Antonio Abreu.
      We’ll be asking several of the students to practice their writing and presentation skills
      to share some of their favorite works of classical music with our listeners- on the radio!
      We were able to record material for Kidznotes Classics during the twelve day Kidznotes
      Summer Camp this past July. Our WCPE Education Fund provided scholarships for six
      students to attend camp with a grant of $2,000. Watch our website for information
      about Kidznotes Classics this fall, and read more about Kidznotes at


    • Thanks to financial support in the amount of $1,250 from the WCPE Education Fund,
      Chapel Hill Philharmonia will be able to provide the community with a special children’s
      concert on October 26th
      Chapel Hill music professor Donald Oehler, is a diverse group of musicians who share a
      love of classical music. We hope you’ll bring the special young people in your life to this
      event. Details:


    • With its motto Great Futures Start Here, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greensboro ran a
      successful pilot music program last summer. The program introduced club members
      to classical music through music theory, history, composition and performance. The
      children responded so well that the clubs wanted secure funding to continue and
      expand the program. A grant of $3,000 from the WCPE Education Fund will be used
      to purchase keyboards and other instruments. The clubs are also seeking donations
      of additional instruments for use in twice weekly hour-long sessions with the goal of
      providing private lessons and developing chamber groups or possibly an orchestra.
      One long term goal of this program is to raise the skills of club members high enough
      to participate in local classical music organizations, such as the Greensboro Youth
      Symphony. As this exciting music program continues, we are proud to see children who
      often come from difficult home environments exploring new ideas, improving their
      sense of community, and becoming ambassadors for classical music and its positive


    • WCPE is proud to sponsor the North Carolina Symphony’s Ovations program with a
      grant of $3,000. A valuable educational tool, Ovations is a pre-concert performance
      opportunity for advanced students and community groups on classical concert nights
      in Meymandi Concert Hall from 7:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. This grant will purchase tickets
      for the performers to experience the North Carolina Symphony for free after their own
      lobby performance.




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Women’s Voices Chorus and Vivaldi’s Gloria!

Nearly four years ago, WCPE began to offer contributors the opportunity to donate ten percent of their
donation to a special fund. The WCPE Education Fund has provided music lessons, summer camps,
concert tickets and funding for small local ensembles of all ages.

The WCPE Education Fund recently helped Women’s Voices Chorus produce a short educational
documentary about a very special performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria, which is available for viewing at no
cost online, along with the full concert.

Today it’s rare to hear an all-female performance of the Gloria, since not all women’s groups can
provide the wide vocal range of the original Ospedale choir’s female tenors and basses. In the “Gloria
et Pax” concert, accompanied by a baroque orchestra, the ensemble gave an authentic performance
similar to what might have been heard in Venice 300 years ago.

“The WCPE grant helped us produce a documentary about this performance,” states Allan Friedman,
D.M.A., Artistic Director of WVC. “We included footage from our rehearsals and concerts as well as
interviews with our artistic director and chorus members.”

The documentary and concert are also are available on DVD for a small fee at their online store!
Proceeds will cover other expenses incurred in the making of the film.

Watch this documentary:



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Listen to the radio world premiere of three works commissioned for the
Philharmonic Association’s 25th anniversary season: Please Click Here!


Our recent grant to the Philharmonic Association in their 25th anniversary season covered half the cost of the Living Composers project, allowing four youth orchestras to rehearse with a living composer and premiere his composition. We are honored to share recordings of three of these premieres with you on WCPE on October 15, 2013 at 7 pm. We are so grateful to Craig Brandwynne, Vice President/Producer of Center Sound Records and Associate Audio Professor at the Living Arts College in Raleigh, and Nicholas Bagwell, a recent graduate of Living Arts College, for volunteering time, equipment and expertise to capture and edit the recordings so that we can hear these fine young musicians at their finest! For more information about Living Arts College, please visit, and for more information about Center Sound Records, please visit

Find out what the composers are saying about this special project!

WCPE interview with Dr. Robert Nosow

WCPE interview with Tom Lohr

WCPE interview with Craig Hanemann


The WCPE Education Fund consists of monies raised by donors who have elected to reserve ten percent of a donation to WCPE Radio for educational outreach within the community.

To all WCPE Education Fund contributors: thank you for helping WCPE promote classical music education opportunities in North Carolina. It is humbling to look back at what we have achieved, collectively, since we began this effort in 2010. To date, nearly $20,000 has been invested in classical music education!

“Thank you WCPE for helping me make my mom proud of me.”

— Tahir, age 7, plays percussion through KidzNotes in Durham, NC


“I took my first piano lesson at age 6, my first cello lesson at age 10, and my first horn lesson at age 41…. My membership in the Raleigh Concert Band affords me another opportunity to learn and play in a community organization…. As a long-time member of WCPE, I’d like to thank The Classical Station and its education fund for its grant to the [Raleigh Concert] Band, and for sharing its enthusiasm for and commitment to Great Classical Music.”

— Barb Prillaman, Raleigh Concert Band


“[I]t’s really cool to actually know [the composer’s] thought process when he is listening to this piece of music, exactly how he wants it to go.”

— Sarah, freshman, Triangle Youth Orchestra, Philharmonic Association


This spring, the WCPE Education Fund has supported the Durham Symphony Orchestra’s classical music concerts with a gift of $1,500. With the development of classical music appreciation in mind, Music Director William Henry Curry includes at least one American composer on every concert program (something that has rarely been done in the history of any orchestra!), in addition to popular pieces and familiar favorites. The orchestra presents special family concerts of classical music which often include a performance element (e.g. an African American dance ensemble), and instrument “petting zoo.” We hope the Durham Symphony will continue its engaging programming that is as diverse as Durham’s population…and, above all, keep classical music accessible to all!


As an expression of WCPE’s mission, The WCPE Education Fund provides
resources for nonprofit organizations that increase access to classical
music education within the community.




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The WCPE Education Fund consists of monies raised by generous donors who
have elected to reserve ten percent of a donation to WCPE Radio for
educational outreach within the community. You, too, can contribute to
this effort when you make contribution on our Secure Pledge Page!

The Classical Station is proud to announce a grant of $2,500 to the
Philharmonic Association, made
possible through the WCPE Education Fund. This grant will support a
project providing students in the Association’s Youth Symphony, Youth
Orchestra and Youth String Orchestra with new classical works written by
North Carolina composers during the Philharmonic Association’s 25th
anniversary season. Students will rehearse the newly commissioned works
with composers Tom Lohr, Dr. Robert Nosow, Craig Hanemann, and Terry
Mizesko before premiering them at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh or the
Cary Arts Center. The Philharmonic Association has a history of
commissioning new works for its youth orchestras and believes that it is
important for the students to perform new music and learn about the
process of creating orchestral works.

Funding provided by the WCPE Education Fund will pay for one of four
composer honorariums and for the composer’s attendance at one or more
youth orchestra rehearsals. We commend the four North Carolina composers
who will engage with and inspire these young musicians from different
socioeconomic backgrounds. It is the Philharmonic Association’s policy not
to turn away a budding musician for whom payment is the only obstacle.
Students participating in the orchestra this season will learn about
creative expression, discipline and teamwork. Learning music written
especially for them will be the experience of a lifetime!

The Education Fund Committee is currently researching options for
recording these premieres in hopes of airing them on WCPE Radio. We
encourage all WCPE listeners and especially Education Fund contributors to
see this grant in action!

Tom Lohr’s Fanfare will be premiered by the Triangle Youth Symphony
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. in Meymandi Concert Hall.
Dr Robert Nosow’s work will be premiered by the Triangle Youth Orchestra
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in Meymandi Concert Hall
Craig Hanemann’s Reflections will be premiered by the Triangle Youth
String Orchestra on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at Cary Arts

The Philharmonic Association plans to schedule the premiere of Terry
Mizesko’s new work in the fall on 2013.



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Thank you for choosing to support WCPE’s mission of sharing great classical music in our community through the Education Fund. Your contributions continue to improve the quality of life in our local community.

  1. Eastern Music Festival’s five week long scholarship program allows young musicians to perform in a professional youth orchestra. Each student receives private lessons and coaching from world class musicians whom they also observe in their own professional environment, as they perform with the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra. The EMF Youth Orchestra also works with the Festival ‘s featured soloists and conductors, who include pianist Awadagin Pratt and conductor JoAnn Falletta this year. $2,500 will provide an opportunity for a young North Carolina musician in need of financial assistance to train in this life changing atmosphere.
  2. Since they began, we have followed the progress of KidzNotes, based on Venezuela’s successful social program called El Sistema. The program provides daily music lessons and regular performance opportunities to at-risk students, building self esteem, musical skill, and sense of community. WCPE helped transport these students to local music camps last summer to retain their skills. This summer, $1,000 provided three full scholarships to KidzNotes’ own summer camp. Complete funding for the camp came from a team of community partners, individual donors and local businesses.
  3. We are proud to announce our first grant to MYCO at Chapel Hill (Mallarme Youth Chamber Orchestra). MYCO serves between 40-70 students from all socio-economic backgrounds, ages 11-18. $1,000 will provide scholarships for several students who require assistance to study with top music instructors and to rehearse in a small group setting. The students perform publically several times around the Triangle each semester.
  4. Our final summer grant, a gift of $500 to the Raleigh Concert Band, will cover a portion of the Band’s costs for music and performance venues. This all-volunteer orchestra provides a means for local non-professional musicians to retain or improve their skills. Concerts are designed to please audiences young and old, but RCB goes the extra mile by providing free tickets to many Raleigh Area Seniors to keep them active and to improve their quality of life.

To read more about how the WCPE empowers local nonprofit organizations to share great classical music within our community, visit



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WCPE Education Fund Devonna

I thought you might enjoy reading about a young woman who is grateful for
your contribution to the WCPE Education Fund.
Devonna is a seventeen year old violin player. She has been playing ever
since she was four and a half years old when her mother brought a violin
into their Ohio home and signed Devonna up for lessons through the
Cleveland Music Settlement. Devonna and her mother moved to North Carolina
just before Devonna’s freshman year in high school- a tough time to start
making friends anew. Devonna’s school does not offer music lessons, and
the family had limited options, so her mother contacted MYCO — Chapel Hill
this summer.

Through MYCO (and her mother’s vigilant commitment to shuttle her
to-and-from lessons), Devonna has received private weekly lessons from
top instructors associated with major universities in the state since
July. Support from the WCPE Education Fund this summer has allowed her to
improve her skill tremendously through a workshop that placed her in two
chamber groups- a trio and a quintet. Devonna confesses the music was
quite challenging, but learning to play in this new setting- with someone
playing something completely different right beside her – is an
accomplishment that makes her beam with joy.

Juggling her musical commitment with other activities could be frustrating
but Devonna is forthright in telling me it’s completely worth it. When
asked about her plans for the future, Devonna says wants to work towards a
degree in nursing while earning a minor in music. She looks forward to
playing in a university orchestra.

Speaking with Devonna, it seemed clear to me that her financial
limitations have not affected her desire to make music, to work hard and
to help others. Family and community support have provided her with the
tools she needs to build confidence and improve her musical skills.
Perhaps one day while she checks your blood pressure and notes your
remarkable heart health, you will see that twinkle in her eye when you
reply, “It must be the classical music.”

Upcoming performances of MYCO-Chapel Hill Students at

Reminder : WCPE bolsters musical education endeavors within the community
through grants to established nonprofit organizations. Each donation of
fifty dollars or more to The Classical Station is eligible to support the
efforts of the WCPE Education Fund. Ten percent of the donation will be
added to the WCPE Education Fund at the donor’s request when he/she
requests no other “thank you” gift. The entire value of the donation is
tax deductible.

Music changes lives at

-Tara Lynn




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