WHAT AMF SUPPORTS
Your donations help provide all this for Albany students
INSTRUMENTS & EQUIPMENT
AMF provides quality instruments our bands need and that are prohibitive to rent–like tubas, and timpani. We also repair school loan instruments and provide equipment, like choir risers and sound support.
SHEET MUSIC & SUPPLIES
We supply $10,000 annually in sheet music for elementary, middle and high school bands and choirs, along with band & choir T-Shirts and as-needed supplies so our teachers can help all our kids learn and thrive through music!
FESTIVALS & COMPETITIONS
We pay entry fees for regional and state festivals that teachers utilize as curricular goals for AMS & AHS ensembles. Albany groups earn top marks each year, and many students go on to honor bands and choirs.
GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS
We grant funds for programs like Kindergarten music, provide scholarships for band and choir trips, and are honored to present Jesse Chow-Smith Scholarships to students who love and value music in the community.
Mission and History
Albany Music Fund promotes excellence and equity in music education in Albany’s public schools
Albany Music Fund has its roots in the Albany Music Boosters, founded by the late Ernie Douglas, longtime director of the Albany High School instrumental music department. The Music Boosters established a tradition of raising funds for instrument repairs as well as other parent-based support functions.
In 2002, in the midst of severe budget shortfalls, the entire AUSD music program faced elimination. A group of parents and music teachers mobilized to save the program district-wide, and Albany Music Boosters was folded into a new organization called the Albany Music Fund, chartered as a nonprofit charitable organization.
Albany Music Fund now supports vocal and instrumental music programs at every grade level in the AUSD. We succeed through the participation of volunteer parent and student leaders, dedicated music teachers, and the many Albany family and community supporters who give generously of their time and money.
We believe music is a fundamental element of the Albany public school curriculum with unique benefits for students. We are determined that every child should have access to a quality education in music.
Susan Friedland, Co-President
Ben Noble, Treasurer
Alene Pearson, Secretary
Jen Daly, Data Chair (Past President)
ALBANY SCHOOL MUSIC PROGRAMS
Follow the links for more info on Albany School Music Programs
Albany HS Instrumental
Albany HS Vocal Music
Albany Middle School Bands
Albany Middle School Choirs
Albany Music Events
Albany Music in Action!
June 18 marked a Celebration of Life for Mr. Ernie Douglas, who taught Band and Orchestra at Albany High School for 35 years. Mr. Douglas passed away in March at the age of 94. Friends, family and former students gathered at the Albany Community Center to share music and memories in his honor. Current AHS[…]
Our first concerts of the 2016-17 school year are coming up this month! On October 25th, the AHS Instrumental program offers a “Prism” concert, a new format one-hour take on the music our band and orchestra students have been working on since August. The next night on Wednesday, October 26, AHS Vocal Music will offer[…]
Did you know Albany Music is on Instagram?! Check out music snaps (and the occasional pic of Mr. Bryant at the ballgame) here…
Albany High School band and choir students are on tour! In two separate groups, students are traveling to Los Angeles for music exchanges, special performances and tours and more! Follow the fun via Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/albanymusic/
Students from Albany’s band and choir programs have been busy with concerts ranging from the Superintendent’s Concert, a wide-ranging display of the music program’s scope in the AHS gym, to the AMS band’s “preview” of their CMEA repertoire for parents, AHS Choir seniors last performance in the Veteran’s Memorial building at the Spring Choir Concert[…]
The new school year is already in swing, and this weekend AHS Rhythm Bound will perform at Solano Stroll at the corner of Curtis & Solano across from Safeway at noon and 2 pm. Come on by, hear some great tunes and support Albany student musicians!
A little information on the many benefits to Albany students that your donations support!
AHS Theater Ensemble will open “Annie Get Your Gun” this Thursday, March 12, at 7 pm in the Little Theater. “Annie Get Your Gun” tells the story of Annie Oakley, the best female sharpshooter in the West. A musical comedy about love, ambition, and the joys of show business, “Annie Get Your Gun” is a[…]
Join our young musicians for a host of fun holiday music events! It all kicked off with the Elementary Band and AMS Jazz Band at the Albany Community Center this past Sunday. And that was just the beginning…we have NINE concert dates before winter break featuring TWENTY ensembles and close to 1,000 kids! Wow! December[…]
In 2013-14, Albany Music Fund’s generous donors (thank you!!!) provided our students with: Over $25,000 in instruments, instrument repair and equipment (choral risers, sound enhancement, etc.) Music festival fees and transportation for ensembles to perform at regional, state and national events Instruction for Rhythm Bound, Albany High School’s R&B ensemble Sheet music for all ensembles[…]