Instrument Drives Held at Cecilia Chamber Music Society Concerts


Instrument Drives Held at St. Cecilia Chamber Music Society Concerts
Music Doing Good Accepts Gently-Used Instruments at Concerts through May 2014

HOUSTON, TX  (January 6, 2014) – Music Doing Good announces a partnership with St. Cecilia Chamber Music Society to accept donations of instruments at St. Cecilia’s three spring concerts. Attendees are encouraged to donate instruments to Music Doing Good’s instrument granting program, which provides free, gently used instruments to underserved children and underfunded schools. The first concert date and instrument intake event is Tuesday, January 28, 7:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1805 W. Alabama at Woodhead in a concert featuring piano quintets by Gabriela Frank and Cesar Franck. Tickets are $25 and $20 (seniors) available at or at the door. St. Cecilia will give a free ticket to any concert for each instrument donated. Parking is free. (See below for a full listing of dates and concert programs.)

Instruments can also be dropped off Monday through Friday near Richmond and Montrose. Please call 713.900.3468 or email for more information. Donations are tax-deductible and based on the donor-estimated value of the instrument.

The program collects, refurbishes and distributes instruments to worthy students and schools via an application and essay process. Many of the children that receive instruments are at-risk and attend Title I schools. Band and orchestra directors, teachers and family members are also encouraged to nominate students who want to discover their potential through music. The program also donates instruments to underfunded schools and music programs. Applications and instructions are available on the website (

Music Doing Good with Instruments relies on many individuals and community partners for all aspects of the program – donations, refurbishment and intake events. Other community partners include the Houston Symphony, Guitar Center, Quantum Base, Fresh Arts and Miller Outdoor Theater. Music Doing Good wants to hear from those in the community who need assistance with instruments or to sustain or create instrument programs.

Music Doing Good is a Houston-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that transforms lives by providing music experiences and education to underserved people and by fostering the talent of those served. In addition to the instrument granting program, Music Doing Good delivers afterschool music classes in Houston-area Title I schools, scholarships for middle and high schoolers, and one-on-one songwriting sessions—all with a focus on youth. Our programs use music to stimulate minds, open hearts and ignite imagination! Music Doing Good touches the lives of thousands of individuals annually as the organization strives to create a world where we all live in concert.

For more information about Music Doing Good, please visit or call 713.294.9034. High-resolution photos are available. Tickets for St. Cecilia Chamber Music Society concerts at or at the door. Free entry for those that donate an instrument.

St. Cecilia Chamber Music Society concert and instrument intake dates:

(All concerts take place on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1805 W. Alabama at Woodhead.)

January 28, 2014

“Let’s Be Frank” – Piano Quintets by Gabriela Frank and Cesar Franck; “Andante from “Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 19” by Sergei Rachmaninoff. . Frank Huang, violin; Jennifer Owen, violin; James Dunham, viola; Barrett Sills, cello; Rodney Waters, piano.

April 1, 2014

“Ernst and Ernest” – “Serenade in C Major, Op. 20” for string trio by Ernst von Dohnanyi and “Concert in D Major, Op. 21” for violin, piano, and string quartet by Ernest Chausson. Sophia Silivos, violin; Jennifer Owen, violin; James Dunham, viola; Barrett Sills, cello; and Rodney Waters, piano.

May 6, 2014

“Fairy Tales for Grown-ups” – This glorious season finale features William Bolcom’s “Fairy Tales” for viola, cello and double bass; Jon Deak’s “The Ugly Duckling” for soprano, double bass and string quartet; and Ravel’s “Ma Mere l’Oye” (Mother Goose) for violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano. Sophia Silivos, violin; Oleg Sulyga, violin; James Dunham, viola; Barrett Sills, cello; Deborah Dunham, double bass; Melissa Givens, soprano; and Rodney Waters, piano.

Photo 1:

Robert at Boys and Girls Country applied to Music Doing Good with Instruments for a trombone and his request was granted!

Photo 2:

Cummings Elementary School needed acoustic guitars to start an after-school program. Music Doing Good with Instruments and Guitar Center were able to furnish them with 17 guitars!

Media Contacts/Press Photos:
Julie Lambert
Manager, Marketing & Publicity
Music Doing Good
713.294.9034 (cell)