Community Engagement

We believe that everyone should have the chance to participate in music.
That’s why ​​we’re committed to enriching the lives of individuals and families in the 70+ communities we serve through philanthropic community engagement initiatives: free instrument instruction for students from underserved communities; free concerts for senior citizens; bedside singing for individuals in hospice care; and need-based scholarships for our on-site educational programs. We invest over $150,000 per year, serving some 12,000 students and audience members , fostering individual growth and community connection through accessible music experiences.

Public School & Community Music Partnerships

Our thriving partnerships with Fitchburg, Lawrence, Lowell, and Clinton public schools provide band, string, percussion, and electronic music programs to students who might not otherwise have the chance to play or experience music. Our after-school program at the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster features year-round bucket drumming and ukulele classes.

The students loved today’s workshop. I saw more smiles on their faces than I have in a really long time.

Tara Bozek, Ayer Shirley School District, Special Education Director

Need-Based Scholarships

Our generous need-based scholarship program ensures that anyone of any age, ability, or financial status who wishes to study music at Groton Hill Music School has that opportunity.

My sons have been taking lessons for two years and it has been wonderful to watch their musical creativity develop…they have benefited immensely from their lessons, making them feel confident…music has been a great gift for them.”

Scholarship recipient

Threshold Singers at Groton Hill

Our volunteer Threshold Singers offer bedside singing for individuals in hospice care and their families. Singers rehearse a range of repertoire and visit clients at their request, as often as is needed. This is a free service that we provide at any time of the day or night.

It was an amazing experience… Their voices were lovely and songs perfectly chosen. But it was the atmosphere that was most remarkable.

Rosemary Noon, family member

Outreach to Seniors and Adults with Disabilities

We are the region’s premier provider of free professional concerts for seniors at varying stages of cognitive and physical ability. For the past 18 years, our monthly Bach’s Lunch concerts have welcomed residents from more than 50 senior living communities, memory care units, senior centers, and facilities serving adults with disabilities. Attendees can socialize with one another, enjoy lunch, and immerse themselves in outstanding music by our professional musicians.

The concert was amazing. Residents were head bobbing, toe tapping and singing.

Abbi Laushine, Life Enrichment Director, Bridges by EPOCH, Westford

Our public school and community partnership programs are made possible through the generous support of the following individuals, families, businesses, and foundations:

The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation at the Boston Foundation
Associated Chamber Music Players Foundation
Robert Lloyd Corkin Foundation
Douglas and Isabelle Crocker Foundation
DCU for Kids
Charles Lincoln Gagnebin Memorial Endowment Fund
Groton Ayer Realty Trust
City of Lawrence
Paul Landry and Randy Steere
Litowitz Foundation
Local Cultural Councils, funded by Massachusetts Cultural Council: Acton-Boxborough, Ayer, Bolton, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Fitchburg, Groton, Harvard, Leominster, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend, Westford

Main Street Bank
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Music Education Endowment Fund
Nypro Foundation
Ramsey McCluskey Family Foundation
The Rand Family, in loving memory of Joseph Rand
Red Hat
Frederick R. Reynolds Jr. Community Education Fund
Rollstone Charitable Foundation
Nathaniel & Elizabeth P. Stevens Foundation
Albert & Elizabeth Stone Scholarship Fund
George R. Wallace Foundation
Faith A.B. Wilkinson Memorial Scholarship Fund
Wind Point Foundation