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Fox Valley Orchestra Endowment Fund

Established 2013

Fox_Valley_Orchestra_logo_1fox_valley_orchestra.jpgThe Fox Valley Orchestra created an endowment fund within the Community Foundation to provide income for its future charitable needs.

The orchestra is a not-for-profit cultural organization whose purpose is to provide fine musical performances for people of all ages and educational opportunities for youth.

The organization accomplishes its goals through enlisting widespread community support for a symphony orchestra of professional quality with a primary focus of bringing great music to the Fox Valley community.

Dr. Colin Holman was the conductor of the Fox Valley Orchestra for its first five seasons from summer 2010 – summer 2015.  Dr. Holman is a graduate of the University of Birmingham, England.  He holds a master’s degree in orchestral conducting and a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Kansas.

Before moving to Chicago, Dr. Holman taught Japanese and American students for two years at Teikyo Westmar University.

He has lectured at both the undergraduate and graduate level at Northwestern University, Northern Illinois University, Wheaton College, and North Park University, and has been the orchestra director at Loyola University since 2007.

The Fox Valley Orchestra is currently in the midst of a search for a new music director. The new conductor will be chosen in March of 2017.

Many of the musicians offer music lessons or provide music for weddings, banquets, and other occasions.

The schedule for upcoming concerts is available on the Fox Valley Orchestra website.

Fox Valley El Sistema – bringing social change and opportunities to youth.

Fox Valley El Sistema, based on the Venezuelan program of the same name, is a system not only of music education and performance, but also of social change and community building.

It becomes a vehicle of reducing crime and poverty in any community where it is established.

The enrichment of the human spirit and the sense of identity that evolves in the children is invaluable to their intellectual development and social success.

By removing the economic barrier to entry that is common to the performing arts world, El Sistema opens the doors to those most in need of these opportunities.

Through free instruction and provided instruments, children are given a chance they would likely never receive or afford elsewhere.

The Fox Valley Orchestra is excited to partner with Communities In Schools, Smith Elementary School in Aurora, and our donors to bring the first El Sistema program to our own Fox Valley Community.

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

Being a part of the Community Foundation scholarship committee is the highlight of my year. For many, a scholarship from the Community Foundation is the reason they are able to continue reaching for their dreams and changing the future of our world. I hope each recipient knows just how inspirational they are to those of us who are lucky enough to read their stories.

Jessica Breugelmans

Board Member & Scholarship Committee Member

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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