A Message from Eugene Watanabe

March 27, 2020

 

This is a challenging time for the entire world, presenting unique hardships for all due to COVID-19. But, I believe that situations like these can bring out the best in humanity. At Gifted Music School we are energized and inspired to make the world better.

Even though the halls here at GMS are empty—no students, no music, no professors—the learning, the teaching, the music-making, the laughter, the JOY is all still happening in our virtual space. Our teachers and administrators haven’t missed a beat. Just like before, we are teaching music to children—but not just music—we teach the concepts of strong discipline, appreciation of beauty, history, respect for others, self-confidence, and resilience. In the process, our students also learn to create beautiful music that allows us all to connect with our emotions and heal our souls.

It is exactly during times like these that we need institutions like Gifted Music School. Music is a universal medium of expression, often conveying the ideas and emotions of a society as a whole. I have no doubt that the circumstances we are all experiencing right now, will lead to an unprecedented volume of artistic creation. And those creations will give hope and inspiration to our world. At Gifted Music School, we are more committed than ever to serving our community in new and innovative ways. 

Although our annual fundraising Gala and celebration has been postponed, our desire to enrich the lives of those around us continues unabated. We will maintain our constant efforts to provide our full scholarship programs, GRIT and the Conservatory, and provide need-based scholarships in our Preparatory division.

It is YOU, our incredible donors, that make all this possible. Tuition covers only one-third of our yearly operating budget. It is your unwavering support that has allowed us to elevate the standards in music education and receive national recognition for the quality of our students. On behalf of every member of the school, I extend our heartfelt gratitude. We know that there are many who will suffer adversity due to this health crisis. For those of you who are in a position to help financially, now more than ever, we are in critical need of your continued support to help us do what we do best. Hence, we are launching our Resilience Campaign—to celebrate resilience in support, spirit, learning, and our soul. Please read more about it here and give easily here to help us to serve our community in this time of need.
 

Most Appreciatively,

Eugene Watanabe, Co-Founder and Artistic Director