Newsletter: Community Impact


Get all the latest NISOM news in our March 2017 Quarter Notes Newsletter.

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This spring NISOM won an Impact Award that shows that your support makes a difference in the community. For even more evidence, see the numerous stories throughout this newsletter that demonstrate the impact you have! 

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Alum Wins American Prize

Congratulations to NISOM alumnus Derek Jenkins on winning the student division of The American Prize in Composition! His composition We Seven for wind ensemble took first place and a cash award. The American Prize is a series of national performing arts competitions.

Derek studied composition at NISOM with Tracey Rush. Rush recalls, "In 2002 when we opened our midi lab with the music notation software Finale, our composition class had two 16-year-old students in it: Derek Jenkins and Jonathan Tschiggfrie. Derek is now finishing his doctorate in composition from UMKC, and Jonathan works for the company that makes Finale. It's wonderful to know that even back in our 2nd year of operation, NISOM was making an impact."

Since his time at NISOM, Derek’s music has been performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada. He has received recognition from the National Band Association, ASCAP, and others, and his works have been commissioned by various ensembles. 

Says Jenkins, "If it wasn't for NISOM and the variety of lessons offered there, I doubt I would have become a composer. I remember reading that Tracey Rush offered composition lessons, and I insisted that my parents let me take them. Those first composition lessons helped establish the foundation of my future musical pursuits." Your support makes an impact on students like Derek!

We Love Our Donors!

We spread lots of love this February! In honor of Valentine’s Day we asked you to say “I Love Music” and help spread the love. Meanwhile, our walls were covered in hearts with all our donors names to thank you for your support. NISOM loves our donors!
If you love music in our community, it’s not too late to “get engaged” with us and help more people learn about music!

Try these easy ways:
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3. Join our email list
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Upcoming Events

Fall Preschool Class

Preschooler’s Music 

For Ages 4-6
Thursdays 1:00-1:30 PM

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