Rosie’s House celebrates 25 years of free access to music education



Rosie’s House, the nation’s leading organization providing free music education programs to underprivileged youth in Phoenix, is entering its 25th year of positive impact on students and community building. In-person, extracurricular classes resume this fall after 18 months of online classes.

Rosie’s House’s 25th season will be celebrated with performances and appearances, community service programs and will conclude with a full-scale gala in the spring of 2022.
Key anniversary events include:

  • December 12, 2021 at 3:00 p.m., Holiday Concert at Memorial Hall
  • February 26, 2022, Concert of professors and students
  • April 24, 2022, Showcase of Great Performers
  • May 7, 2022, 25th anniversary of the Ovation gala at Camby
  • May 14, 2022, Graduation party

Founded on March 6, 1996 by Rosie and Woody Schurz, Rosie’s House has grown from teaching just 15 students in a small renovated house in South Phoenix to one of the most respected free music programs in the country, serving over 500 kindergarten to grade 12 students. a wide range of musical disciplines. Students participate in piano, strings, guitar, winds, choir, mariachi, digital music, and advanced chamber ensembles, taught by some of Arizona’s best music teachers and musicians.

Recognized for the positive impact it has on its students, their families and the community at large, students participate in community service programs, perform in concerts and speak in public as part of the mission Rosie’s House Youth Development Program.
The Rosie’s House College Path program hosts monthly workshops, helps with scholarship applications, and provides financial assistance to make the connection between musical achievement and life achievement. As a result of this model program, 97% of Rosie’s House graduates attend university, compared to 55% of their peers.

“Strength of character, persistence, kindness, love of community and a deep commitment to one another are the keys to our students’ success. Rosie’s House began as a safe place for young people to be. creative and expressive. Today, the experience for our students is still a home away from home, and through music they learn skills that have been proven to not only propel their lives to new heights , but also to have a positive impact on everyone in the community. “says Becky Bell Ballard, CEO of Rosie’s House.” Since we opened the door to this little house 25 years ago, it’s still a a place that represents the best of all of us. We look forward to continuing to build on this foundation to help these children thrive. The achievements of the Digital Music Program for Brass and Woodwinds over the past 25 years include:

  • Over 18,000 free music lessons each year
  • Growth from a small one-room house serving 15 students to a current staff of 500 per day
  • 250 instruments loaned free of charge
  • Recipient of the Certificate of Excellence award from the National Youth Arts and Humanities Program
  • 97% of Rosie’s House students achieve college goals, including alumni who attended colleges such as Arizona State University, Gonzaga University, and Macalester College.
  • Some of the alumni’s accomplishments include NASA Space Grant scholar Ivan Martinez Morales, Claudia Sanson (enrolled at Barrett Honors College with internships with Congressman Ruben Gallego, Arizona Students Association and Mi Familia Vota) and Arturo Aguilar, ( member of the US Army Band).

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