Our MISSION is to offer an educational ensemble for young musicians to EXPLORE and DEVELOP their talents though musical expression, while creating a LIFE-LONG LOVE OF MUSIC.
We want to provide this opportunity to ANY youth musician, regardless of need.
WITH YOUR HELP, WE CAN FULFILL THIS GOAL TOGETHER.
The Nancy Denton Memorial Scholarship Fund
would not be celebrating it's 65th Anniversary Season this year if it wasn't
for Nancy Denton. In the late 1980s, Ms. Denton was instrumental in reviving
and resurrecting MYSO in the Will County/Joliet area. She was determined to
give area youth an opportunity to participate in orchestra music. One common
thread that drew her family together was a love for music, where everyone in
her family played an instrument of some kind. It was Nancy's strong belief that
music would bring her children joy and pleasure all of their lives. After
Nancy's passing, her family started this memorial fund in her name. This fund
provides financial assistance to MYSO musicians who are unable to afford the
annual membership fees.
MYSO has awarded over 20 musicians with the Nancy Denton Memorial Scholarship since the fund was started in 2011.
This was made possible through the generous gifts by the Denton Family and our Donors.
"Being involved with music, through lessons, band and now
MYSO, helped me figure out I want to always have music in my life as well as
share it with other people….it has helped me to achieve this goal because it
allows me to hear another musical teacher’s words and utilize what I learned.
The things that I learned, I can reteach to other people to help them be the most
successful person that they can be."
Peyton K., Nancy Denton Scholarship Fund Recipient - Summer Camp Experience
"During the jazz summer camp I had a wonderful time, made many
friends, and gained a lot of knowledge of the Bass and jazz music. I am
thankful beyond words can express and I have deep gratitude to the Denton
family for giving me the opportunity experience this wonderful jazz camp."
John M, Nancy Denton Scholarship Fund Recipient - Summer Camp Experience
"I hope to gain from MYSO better musicianship and more
connections with all different types of people."
Natalie M., Nancy Denton Scholarship Fund Recipient
"With my acceptance into MYSO and its scholarship, I was able to reach my
goal of improvement, and I no longer had the roadblock of orchestra
being unavailable to me. Thank you."
A. H., Nancy Denton Scholarship Fund Recipient
How You Can Help YOU can make the difference in the lives of these young musicians with a tax-deducible donation of any amount. This Giving Tuesday, we ask you to consider a meaningful gift that will directly benefit our students, giving each musician the chance to be a part of our music family lead by Peter Lipari – a music director who believes in the transformative power of music on the lives of young artists, regardless of financial status.
below from left to right: Dennis Denton with Scholarship Recipient
Mattie Levy, Nancy Denton (center), and Scholarship Recipient Peyton
Kueltzo with Heather Denton.