Hello to all our United Horns! It’s been a while but I think you are going to like what’s happened since we talked or saw each other last. With the help of an incredible group of artists, educators and administrators we have developed a multi faceted music resource. Major thanks to the team doing the dirty work, Dr. Carrie Strickland, Tawnee Lillo, and Ian Mayton.
But as everyone knows, our first mission is charity. Now that we’ve done our small part in helping to bring about a slowing of COVID-19, it’s time to focus on rebuilding. We can start close to our hearts by supporting the musicians of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. As you will read they have been virtually abandoned over the course of these past 18 months, but now Horns United are turning our fundraising efforts toward helping our fellow musicians. We have two approaches; the first is giving directly, but the other is more involved and potentially very fun. Reach out to me at email@example.com to learn about getting involved, and either way please read this message from the MET Musicians themselves.
On March 12, 2020, the Metropolitan Opera House went dark. The Met was forced to cancel the next 6 weeks, and soon after, the remainder of the 2019/2020 season, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Overnight, New York City lost its heart and soul—the culture that vibrates through the veins of the city and makes it what it is: music, theatre, dance, art—all silenced and put on pause.
In another devastating blow, on September 23, 2020, the Met cancelled the entire 2020-21 season, something that has never happened before. We are concerned for our members and their families as they navigate what will now be over a year without economic support from the Met.
The MET Orchestra Musicians, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, benefits over 150 musicians in need – not only members of the MET Orchestra, but also music librarians, associate musicians who perform with us regularly, and music staff who work behind-the-scenes with the singers and perform with the orchestra. Our musicians are vital to every single Met performance; the show cannot go on without us.
Performing. Engaging. Teaching.
Although there are currently no opera performances, the MET Orchestra Musicians have still been busy. During our time away from the opera house, we have been reaching out to our communities, audiences, and fellow musicians through virtual, live, and educational programming.
We are doing everything we can in order to support our colleagues in need so that when we return, the quality and excellence you have come to expect from the orchestra and supporting staff will continue. The traditions and standards set by decades of artistic excellence must be maintained.
The #WeWillMetAgain Campaign will directly benefit members of our organization through need-based grants.
Your contribution is an act of generosity and support for the greatest opera orchestra in the world.
We are deeply grateful for your support.
For questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.The MET Orchestra Musicians
For the Love of Music, For the Love of Mankind… We Are Horns United! Let’s help y’all! Read and give!
God’s blessings, Marc