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.
History and Mission
Supporting music across the AUSD since 1990
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.
ALBANY SCHOOL MUSIC PROGRAMS
Follow the links for more info on Albany School Music Programs
Albany HS Instrumental
Albany HS Vocal Music
Albany Music Events
Albany Music in Action!
Chamber Singers had the wonderful opportunity this year to commission a piece of music from Michael Roberts. The entire choral program commissioned a work, “The Gift To Sing”, for our March choral concert that combined all 140 singers. The piece “Our Names” has a text written by Harpreet Kaur (Chamber Singer and graduate of 2018),[…]
Albany student musicians performed in 13 concerts this holiday season, displaying a wide range of talents and musical styles. Concerts included elementary band and musical theater, middle school bands and choirs, high school bands, choirs and jazz bands as well as the middle and high school orchestra. The Albany High School Madrigal shows were festive[…]
Albany High vocal and instrumental music groups have been practicing hard. They recently kicked off the 2017 musical school year with some fantastic concerts The AHS choir concert came first on October 11 at St. Alban’s Church. Pie was served! Albany High jazz bands (Jazz Combo, Jazz Lab and Jazz Band) gave a rousing performance[…]
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!