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Greetings from the Tucson Youth Music Center,


I’m pleased to share with you the latest happenings at TYMC and our busy semester of exploration.

  • Navigating through pandemic-related barriers, our teachers explored the balance between 

in-person and online classes, delivering 64 classes each week to nearly 130 students.

  • We explored community partnerships, and introduced classes at Tucson Unified School District’s Holladay Elementary Magnet School, the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance CATALYST space in the Tucson Mall, and Coronado Baptist Church. 
  • We continued to explore promising locations for TYMC’s new headquarters and look forward to announcing decisions about our new home in the near future. 
  • We explored new means by which to share the story of TYMC, and connect with more friends. 

Exploration leads to growth. We are developing as an organization, just as our hard-working students are expanding their mastery of music. We are so proud of them! 

Meet 15-year-old harp student Sisiki. This past summer, Sisiki was accepted into the 2021 New York University Virtual Harp Summer Intensive Program, a workshop, and masterclass for today’s most talented and promising young harpists. Through her own initiative and under the guidance of Harp Teacher Carla Fabris, Sisiki was able to play in masterclasses with acclaimed and prestigious musicians, including Grammy-nominated harpist Brandee Younger. This once-in-a-lifetime experience has added to the very foundation of Sisiki’s musical training. 

We are just as proud of our dedicated teachers.

“He was just so attentive and kind.” Recently, I was speaking with a mother about her seven-year-old piano student, Lindsay. This parent, watching a class, saw that Lindsay was having difficulty and was close to tears. Piano Teacher Emmanuel Danielson also noticed and immediately went to Lindsay. He bent down and spoke quietly. After a few moments, he straightened up and continued with the group lesson. In that brief gesture, he quelled a young musician’s nerves and inspired a mother’s gratitude.

With TYMC as their backdrop, Sisiki, Lindsay, and all of our students not only advance as musicians, they experience important life lessons.

The continued development of these youngsters would not be possible without you. Thank you for doing your part by appreciating their efforts and supporting our dedicated teachers.

Going forward, the ongoing impact of TYMC rests in our hands – yours and mine. I invite you to consider a gift to the Tucson Youth Music Center.

With your support, TYMC can keep exploring, making sure our young musicians have every opportunity to learn and grow through the life-transforming power of music.

Many thanks for your kind consideration and on behalf of the children at the Tucson Youth Music Center,

Dana Wier

Interim President & CEO

Tucson Youth Music Center

[email protected]

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