Friday, November 26, 2021

A "gift of gratitude" to our world of musicians, music-listeners & donors! SAVE THE DATE: December 19!

Happy Thanksgiving, not only to our American readers but to everyone! At Listen For Life we are sincerely grateful, every single day, for the global gift of our musicians, listeners, volunteers, and donors - and music itself, as a channel of communication, healing, and beauty that we must never take for granted in our world.  So, we're preparing a special holiday music event to thank you all:                                                                                                                            

Mark your calendars for Sunday 19th December, @ 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern, 9pm GMT.  

IMPORTANT:  This particular NFN Live Online event might be broadcast on a special platform which requires audience members to register in advance of the day.  It's quick and easy to register, right on our LFL website!    

https://www.listenforlife.org/lfl-winter-holiday-party.html 

Share a bit of your Sunday with us for a special LFL NotesForNourishment event featuring master musicians from around the globe, performing music honoring the winter celebrations of diverse faith traditions. We wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate with each of you and thank you, all of our followers, friends, volunteers, funders, and musicians worldwide. Please join us for this celebration!                                              

The first 30 registrants are free, and after that it's a minimal fee of $5 - $10 (additional donations always welcome!) 
Hint: Only one registration needed per household/computer, not per individual, so why not host a watch-party with your friends?

https://www.listenforlife.org/lfl-winter-holiday-party.html 

 

As you know, all of our NFN concerts collect donations for a nonprofit that nourishes the hungry, homeless or hurting of the world. This is a mission that we wish to continue for years to come. 

In order to make that possible, ListenforLife currently needs support in order to keep our life-changing projects alive and well. 

Any amount you can give (large or small) to LFL, during the concert, or ANYtime will be put directly towards our projects. All donations can be made easily and securely on our website:

https://www.listenforlife.org/donate.html


Here are 3 simple ways YOU can be of huge help to our musicians who serve others through their gifts year-round:


   1. Include Listen4Life Foundation in your #GivingTuesday donations, worldwide, this November 30th! Our target amount of $50,000 will enable us to help change the lives of many more individuals through MusicForMedicine and our other key projects (see below),   Our own page for #GivingTuesday is:

https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MTI3Nzc5

 

      2.  If you use Amazon for holiday gift shopping (or ANYtime), please use their alternative nonprofit URL, https://www.Smile.Amazon.com   - make all of your orders as normal, but designate Listen4Life Foundation as your chosen nonprofit and we will receive a small percentage of what you spend on all purchases, year round!!!!  If you use Amazon anyway, this one little change could make a huge difference for us!

 

    3. Don't forget to register NOW for the upcoming Winter Holiday Party on December 19! Your presence will enhance our celebration and make it more meaningful - and any end-of-year (tax deductible!) donations you can make during the concert will be hugely appreciated as well!


DID YOU KNOW?  With YOUR help, Listen For Life's productions, projects and programs have thus far made a difference for:


  • 11 million individuals in
     
  • 70+ countries through our
     
  • 16 different service projectsdone by
     
  • 350+ musicians volunteering their gifts
     

But we need YOUR gifts, to continue! Just as each note of inspiring music matters, each contribution (in ANY currency) matters, small or large! 


Should you prefer sending a check or money order by snail mail, here's the new address:  


Listen4Life Foundation, c/o Mr Jerome Lenk, Treasurer, 366 Peoria St, Daly City, CA 94014 USA 

or email LFL founder/artistic director Donna Stoering personally:   dstoering@listenforlife.org

Thank you!!  

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P.S.  We've been extremely busy this year, impacting lives nationwide and worldwide through our current key service projects, so please visit our newly updated website for more info: ListenForLife.org  

And our LFL founder/artistic director, Donna Stoering, has launched a new website at DonnaStoering.com - please visit! 

Happy holidays to all! 

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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Artist Bios & Broadcast Link for "Gwenyth & Emilia" concert Sunday 27th June!

We are very excited to present these two amazing young "prodigies" of the classical guitar! They both share a heart for service, and a love of wildlife (birds in particular). Therefore, their chosen beneficiary from your donations (we hope!) made during their concert on Sunday will be the Wild Bird Rescue & Rehab (WildBirdRehab.com), which is in the process of moving to a much larger facility so they can provide more services. Their executive director told us that the timing of this potential funding assistance could not possibly be better, so we hope that our listeners around the globe can donate ANY amount, small or large, in any currency, either during or after the concert! (A donation link will be visible below the June 27 concert video on our YouTube channel, LFLNotesForNourishment). 

The direct link for Sunday's LIVE BROADCAST on YouTube is: https://youtu.be/ngNJ38SbdLs

Here are bios submitted to us by our two stellar performers for June 27th:

Gwenyth Aggeler is an 18-year-old guitarist from Denver, CO. She began studying the guitar at age 6 with Aaron Medina and continued her studies in middle and high-school with Alex Komodore. Gwenyth was featured on NPR’s radio program From the Top in February of 2019 and recently performed on From the Top’s live-stream concert series.  She has been awarded prizes in several competitions including a prize in the New York Guitar Competition, first prize in the Eastern Music Festival High School Guitar Competition, and second prize in the junior and senior divisions of the Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition. Gwenyth has performed in master classes with Los Romeros, Jason Vieaux, Martha Masters, JudicaĆ«l Perroy, and Thomas Viloteau. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at Peabody Conservatory in the studio of Maestro Manuel Barrueco.


Emilia Diaz Delgado is a 12-year-old classical guitarist , birder, and aspiring film director. She also enjoys composing, arranging, sound design, video editing, and writing. Emilia is currently learning how to organize events, and "play her way through" as a musician during the pandemic. Based in the California Bay Area, she has had the honor of studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College under Scott Cmiel from 2018-present, where she has performed in many recitals and received several SFCM awards.
 
Emilia has been invited to perform in concerts by Austin Classical Guitar (ACG - Hope), Odeon Guitar (Women Of Guitar), Omni Guitar (Bokyung Byun and Emilia Diaz Delgado - Live At St. Mark’s), and the South Bay Guitar Society. She also played with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Sonora in Mexico, and was invited to the International Guitar Festival of Sonora.

Though very young, Emilia is already a long-standing ListenForLife artist, and has raised funds for the Homeless Children's Network, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, and other nonprofit organizations through performances on different Notes For Nourishment concerts. She has also been learning from friends, fellow musicians, and mentors to organize and coordinate events, concerts, and charity fundraisers. For example, she organized and performed in a fundraiser to raise awareness of oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, collaborating with the National Audubon Society and performing in an Audubon bird sanctuary in Tiburon, CA; she is also part of the SF Metro division of Bach To Bach, a youth-run classical music education program.

As a guitarist, Emilia has had masterclasses with Manuel Barrueco, Marcin Dylla, Julian Gray, Smaro Gregoriadou, Jiji, David Leisner, Joao Luiz, Michael Newman, Laura Oltman, Judicael Perroy, Richard Savino, Christopher Stell, Meng Su, David Tanenbaum, Marc Teicholz, Ben Verdery, and Jason Vieaux. She’s participated in various guitar festival masterclasses, including Benjamin Verdery’s Hawaii Guitar Class, the New York Guitar Seminar, and the SFCM 2020 Summer Guitar Intensive. She has received accolades from various institutions and artists - most recently, a full scholarship to the 2021 GuitarLab from concert artist Bokyung Byun
Emilia won first place in the Novice division of the California American String Teachers Association competition 2020, first place in the ENKOR Int’l Strings competition 6th edition, first prize for ages 8-10 in the "Great Composers Competition: Music of the Twentieth Century competition 2019", and third prize in the prestigious Int’l Benjamin Verdery Maui “Mr. Moustache” Competition 2019, among other prizes.

She was featured in the NPR "From The Top" radio show episode number 388, has appeared on the show’s “Daily Joy” video series four times, and also performed in the FTT 2021 Virtual Gala.  Emilia enjoys interacting with all nature; she also loves filmmaking, cooking, playing games with her grandparents, having fun, and playing music with her friends.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

NFN LIVE Broadcast on June 27th to benefit Wild Bird Rescue & Rehab - view/donate anytime after, as well!

Happy Summer! The second of our 2 summer NFN concerts is SUNDAY JUNE 27th @ 4pm Pacific (7pm EDT) and you do NOT want to miss this! 

Our originally scheduled artists had to cancel at last minute, but two incredible femme-fatale prodigies on the guitar have graciously agreed to jump in and join forces for this LIVE GLOBAL BROADCAST:

Emilia Diaz Delgado (performing in California Bay Area) and 
Gwenyth Aggeler (coming into your home from Denver, Colorado)

Both of these young classical guitarists have won numerous major competitions and awards, and they met as performing alums of the prestigious NPR radio show, FromTheTop. 
  • The concert will be broadcast on our dedicated YouTube channel:  LFLNotesForNourishment 
  • And if you can't make the concert time, just visit that same NFN YouTube channel any day and time after the broadcast, (choose the June 27 concert video) to watch and enjoy! 
And please donate! As with all NotesForNourishment concerts anywhere on the globe, the performers donate their time/talent to nourish their audience, and (we hope!) you will donate what you can, in any currency, to help a cause or nonprofit (chosen by the performers) that nourishes others through its services. 

For the June 27th concert, Gwenyth and Emilia have chosen to help the Wild Bird Rescue&Rehab (WildBirdRehab.comand also ListenForLife.org itself!  

For stories/bios of these two very unique young artists, visit this blog in the coming days prior to the concert. 
The precise LINK to the BROADCAST will also be made available before June 27th, in an upcoming post on this blog. 

Meanwhile, we've attached some sample flyers for Sunday's concert. 
Please help us to grow a global and national audience for both Gwenyth and Emilia - while helping them to succeed in raising funds for the Wild Bird Rescue & Rehab! 



Simply choose one of these flyers and SHARE IT on your own social media or in emails to friends and colleagues who are passionate about either classical guitar or birds (or both, perhaps?) - that would help them (and us) a great deal, so THANK YOU! 

Friday, June 11, 2021

Get to Know our Performers for NFN's Live Global Broadcast on Sunday, 13th June!

Don't forget! This Sunday, June 13, NotesForNourishment presents a Live Global Broadcast featuring three exciting performers: Sonja Bruzauskas & Clara Haymon, vocalists, and Paul English, pianist. 

Broadcast time is 4pm Pacific (7pm Eastern), & they will offer a short "Summer Song" program of classical, jazz, and other styles! We feel so honored to have these very renowned (and busy!) artists donating their time and talents to perform for our NFN audience worldwide and raise funds for the two nonprofits they have chosen to help, PartnerSchools.org (Texas) and ListenForLife.org (worldwide). 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Paul English is an internationally recognized composer, pianist, producer and educator. He has performed and recorded with jazz greats Arnett Cobb, Dizzy Gillespie and Dave Liebman as well as with country legends Willie Nelson, Ray Price and Johnny Bush. He has composed music for film, theatre, choral groups, symphony and chamber orchestras and his own performing ensembles.    Check out Paul's extremely impressive career and activities here:  https://paulenglishmusic.com/home

Clara Haymon is a uniquely gifted, young singer and actress from Houston, TX studying at Boston University. She has performed with the Houston Grand Opera, Alley Theater, Greenbriar Consortium, and more. Along with studying music in college, she sings with their a-cappella group, the BU Allegrettos, and performs with Boston University’s Stage Troupe. Do take a moment and listen to this amazing song that Clara created (lyrics and music) and performed two years ago now, as part of her college application process:   


Sonja Bruzauskas is an internationally active, multi-genre mezzo soprano and award-winning recording artist. She was born and raised in Germany, and trained on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Besides her expansive stage career in musical theater, opera and operetta, Sonja is a well-established recital performer and concert soloist, from classical oratorios to cabaret, as well as being a public speaker and non-profit leader. There are numerous resources about her activities online, but you might enjoy viewing an audience-member's video of her first performance on one of our NFN concerts back in 2016, together with opera star and Broadway tenor, Stephen Guggenheim:                                            https://www.carolan-imagery.com/Featured-Collections/Notes-for-Nourishment/Notes-for-Nourishment-Concerts/170730-Music-by-Gershwin-A-Summertime-Celebration

                                     

Remember, if you can't catch the NFN concert LIVE this Sunday then you will always be able to donate AND to watch the professionally filmed/recorded video of the concert (huge thanks to composer and cinematographer J.E. Hernandez  and his company, SilbacaTV.com, as well as to our NFN tech volunteer for the day, Pierce Wang) on our dedicated NFN YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwGL8qIvuZCgCquLTUc_7pQ

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

CATCHING UP: exciting news re upcoming NFN concerts!!

    NFN ONLINE celebrates the start of SUMMER 2021 with 

             TWO special LIVE BROADCAST EVENTS!

SUN, June 13th @ 4pm Pacific    "Summer Song" 
  Vocalists Clara Haymon & Sonja Bruzauskas 
        with Paul English, pianist
Donations benefit  PartnerSchools.org (Houston) & ListenForLife.org  (worldwide)

SUN, June 27 @ 4pm Pacific    "The Davisson Duo"
Classical guitarists Jack Davisson & Elle Davisson
Donations benefit  Electronics for Education
a new nonprofit founded by teens during the pandemic! 

Concerts will be broadcast live on our
    "LFLNotesForNourishment" YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwGL8qIvuZCgCquLTUc_7pQ
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In the coming days, revisit this blog to find artist photos & bios for the JUNE 13th performers! They will be sharing a wonderful 45-minute program featuring a range of vocal and musical styles. 



Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Holiday greetings & listening gifts - and some special news!

 

 
Holiday Greetings to each of you, from Donna (Listen for Life) and Josie (NFN Online concerts of LFL) and all of our team, artists, board members, and ever-growing family of volunteers and projects!

In case you will have time for a bit of special music listening or viewing during these holidays:
 
  • Donna just recently filmed a little video message (click here to watch!) about our ATN project, so we hope you might take 3 minutes to watch
 
  • Josie has meanwhile been updating our websites and uploading our latest NFN Online Concert videos, so catch any of the recent Notes for Nourishment events that you missed! (Click here for the Notes for Nourishment YouTube Channel!)
 
  • It's never too late in the day (or the year!) to give yourself, or others, a gift of our intentionally-created, stress-relieving music: don't forget to order a CD or downloads of our newly released "Against the Noise" album (Click here to the buy/download page on our website or on HearNow.com).
 
We thank you so much for your gifts of donations throughout this past year!

-Your contributions to our monthly NFN Online Concerts have directly benefited numerous nonprofit organizations that nourish the hungry, hurting and homeless throughout your own communities, both nationwide and abroad.

Your separate donations to the Listen4Life Foundation itself have helped keep all of our projects going, including the NFN Online concerts but also:
  • The Travels With Music educational programs online, for free, worldwide, during the pandemic
  • The creation and production of healing music albums and music videos featuring both renowned and emerging artists
  • The recently established ATN project, producing/donating unique mp3 players (preloaded with our ATN tracks) to hospital ICUs and individual patients in a project combining music, neurology,technology and the "seva" (selfless service) of all involved
 
    Speaking of donations, we are extremely grateful for a longtime LFL donor (and volunteer!) who has offered to MATCH ($ for $) every single contribution that each of you can make, up to $10,000. PLEASE help us continue to magnify the gift of music for the world, and DONATE here!

    With YOUR help with additional donations, we will soon be announcing some very exciting developments on two fronts: new partnerships for the ATN project in hospitals, and a whole new project with a very famous music legend as its director, coming under the LFL umbrella - so that's what we are looking forward to in the new year - what about you? Please keep in touch with us - we love to hear from you individually.

    We all hope that this note will find you and all of your loved ones staying well, and touched by music, throughout the holidays and the start of the new year. You are each in our thoughts, prayers and every note we sing or play.
     

    Donna Stoering & Josie Chan
    and all the Listen for Life family of projects & people

    Monday, November 30, 2020

    #GivingTuesday and BEYOND: a wonderful donor will match you, $1 for $1 through all of December!

     


    Listen4Life Foundation
     
    DONATE NOW
    for #GivingTuesday or beyond!
    GLOBAL DECEMBER CHALLENGE:
    a wonderful donor will match you, $1 for $1!
     
    Breaking News!! One of our longtime individual donors has just offered us a matching $10,000 challenge contribution! For every dollar (or any equivalent currency value) that anyone donates to Listen For Life, they will match it, up to $10,000! And believe me, our projects need every bit of that!

    You can designate your donation to be for a particular project, too, if you wish. It will all count!

    We are so excited (and grateful) but this will only work if you, too, can participate! Here's how:
    • Go to ListenForLife.org and hit "donate" to do a very safe secure transaction online,
    • or call us (LFL offices: +1 510 540 8136) or email Donna (dstoering@gmail.com)
    • or mail it (as a check or money order) to Listen for Life offices, c/o Donna Stoering, 1279 Sussex Way, Hayward Calif 94544 USA
    • For your donation/tax records, our EIN# is 65-1200601
    • Every little bit will help us to meet this challenge so we can help more musicians to use their gifts in the service of others. Thanks again!
     
    If you would like more info on our three focus projects, continue reading below.
     
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    Even just during the past 8-9 months, your support of LFL has empowered our "small but mighty" all-volunteer organization to make a tremendous difference in the lives of thousands of individuals, both worldwide and close to home. We've adjusted some of our projects (and added new ones!) to find ways in which we can specifically address the impacts of Covid-19 upon the global community.

    UPDATES On 3 LFL PROJECTS:
     
     
    1. Combining music, neurology, and technology, we've created a new project called Against The Noise (ATN for short). It's gaining a lot of excitement worldwide from major research hospitals, doctors, and hospice directors....And it directly helps Covid patients in ICUs!
     
    And right now, you can support this project in two important ways:
    • If you would like to get a unique holiday gift for a family member or friend, you can donate $50 in their name and that will provide ATN to one more ICU or hospice patient, in a location of your choosing!
    • Or go to https://againstthenoise.hearnow.com/ and purchase lots of downloads or CDs as gifts for friends - every penny of proceeds from these sales goes towards our providing ATN to more hospitals, hospice centers and Covid patients!
    Again, for complete info, see https://www.listenforlife.org/atnproject.html.

    2. Since Covid has forced most education (and travel!) to happen virtually/online, we've made our award-winning educational resource, Travels with Music, available for free online, worldwide - so spread this news to any armchair traveler or any teacher, school curriculum director, homeschooling parent, or disgruntled online student you know! TWM also now has a completely new website (still at TravelsWithMusic.com)

    3. When Covid closed the Notes for Nourishment concerts happening in various venues, our 17-year old volunteer (and NFN performer) Josie Chan recreated the whole concept online - and thanks to her ingenuity, our audiences (and the causes they help us raise funds for) are now global as well! Josie started the NFN LIVE Online monthly series of global broadcasts, and created a new website, NotesForNourishment.org ! Your donations made during these online concerts have already raised thousands of dollars for a variety of important causes and nonprofits nourishing their communities. But your ongoing (separate) support of Listen for Life is equally needed, to help us to defray the expenses involved in producing and promoting these NFN concerts!

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    So - We have been way too busy doing these important projects (and many more), and chose not to divert any time towards participation in #GivingTuesday fundraising campaigns for this year :(

    If you happen to make end-of-year donations at any time in the coming weeks, we very much hope that you will remember us and include ListenForLife in your contributions. Please.

    But we also value your feedback, thoughts, ideas, contacts, and virtual volunteering, so please be in touch!

    Warmest wishes and deepest thanks-
    from Donna and all of us at Listen for Life
     
     
     
     
    Questions or concerns?
    Contact: lflnotesfornourishment@gmail.com