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Newsletter NOVEMBER 2019
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FOUNDATION TO ASSIST YOUNG MUSICIANS
“Building Better Futures Through Music”
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NOVEMBER 2019 Newsletter

November 2019

 



 

 

 


In This  Issue:

A Very Busy Month

Liam Mansfield

The Audrey Bush Scholarship and the Miracle Bass







A Very Busy Month
 
Dear FAYM family, in this issue we will give you a synopsis of the events happened last month.
 
On October 3rd, FAYM presented the violins to the students at the East Las Vegas Library. 
They had completed 3 weeks of lessons and made lots of progress. Congratulations to them for their hard work!

On October 12, ELVCC celebrated Nuestra Herencia Hispana, where we had an opportunity to promote our organization. Thank you to Elliot Gorlin, Art Ochoa and Claudia Rivera who took the time to run our booth. At the event Bill Gonzales, a candidate for Judge in Clark County was in attendance.We wish him good luck and thanks for his support of FAYM.
 
 
On October 13, the Las Vegas chapter of The Society, Inc. celebrated its annual event organized by their president Quinn Rivers. Their mission is to support and stimulate young people in the development of the fine arts. At this event they recognized the hard work by one of our found, Art Ochoa. Congratulations Mr. Ochoa!!
 

 
 

 
Please join THE FAMILY OF FAYM today
by donating online (click HERE) 


 
 


 

Liam Mansfield
 


 
 


 

The Audrey Bush Scholarship and the Miracle Bass

Written by donor Catherine Pyke

On the day before the Tubbs fire ignited a firestorm in October 2017 that burned over 35,000 acres in Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties, (considered at the time the most destructive wildfire in California’s history,) Catherine Pyke loaded into her car the Pollmann contrabass that she had decided to donate to The Foundation Assisting Young Musicians and drove it to safety. The bass had graced a corner of her mother’s study at her home in Santa Rosa, California for nearly forty years. It hadn’t fit in her Honda Accord earlier, but somehow, on that day, with the passenger seat fully reclined and the long neck of the bass extended to the opposite back seat window, the instrument miraculously squeezed into the car. The next day, Catherine’s mother, Virginia, was evacuated from her home, less than a mile from the firestorm. Fortunately, Virginia’s home and street escaped damage, saved by an elderly neighbor, who stood outside her home with a garden hose, keeping the fire from devouring the hillside until firefighters arrived.
 
Later in the week, Catherine drove the bass to San Francisco and met Juan Soto outside the Masonic Auditorium, across from Grace Cathedral on nob hill. Soto, who was in the Bay Area to attend a luthier conference, transported the bass to Los Angeles, where his friend drove it to Las Vegas and to the Foundation Assisting Young Musicians (FAYM). 
 
Audrey Bush had personally selected the ¾ size German Pollmann contrabass for Catherine, her student, at Peter Prier and Sons Violins in Salt Lake City around 1973. Bush Had served as principal bass player at the Utah Symphony for 35 years and previously served as the principal bassist of the Seattle Symphony. In 1998, when the Las Vegas Philharmonic was formed, she became principal bassist for founding conductor, Harold Weller. She also taught bass at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, The Nevada School for the Arts and the Las Vegas Academy. In 1999, she was named Educator of the Year by the American String Association. She retired in 2002 and returned to St. George.
 

After the bass safely arrived in Las Vegas, renowned bass player Gary Karr played it and pronounced the bass to be as fine as any Pollmann he had ever played. 
 
Catherine is delighted that the sale of this beautiful instrument, personally chosen for her by Audrey Bush will contribute towards a scholarship in her memory and support the Foundation to Assist young musicians, a cause always central to this extraordinary musician and teacher’s heart.

The 1974 bass belonged to Catherine Pyke who at the time was a student of Audrey Bush.  Catherine presented the bass to FAYM, the sale of which has established "The Audrey Bush Memorial Scholarship". 










     








    Virtuoso Gary Karr with the Miracle Bass


 
Please join THE FAMILY OF FAYM today by donating online (click HERE) 


 
 
Please join the Family of FAYM
You can donate directly online (click HERE) OR by mailing your check to:
FAYM:  PO Box 1993; Las Vegas, NV 89125-1993.
Share your love of music with a deserving youngster.  You'll be glad you did!
(All Contributions are Tax Deductible.)

 



 

 

You can support FAYM students at our website.
FAYM keeps our costs low by relying on highly qualified volunteers to handle our administrative tasks.
You can be sure that your donation will go directly to scholarship assistance,
program support, and student lessons.


 
 

 

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