Foundry Hall is proud to be a participating organization in the community! In addition to our regularly scheduled community music programs (as well as the many concerts we host by touring musicians) we have taken on additional projects collaborating with other organizations to bring more music to the community. How do we do it all? With help from volunteers, generous members of the South Haven community, grant funds from the South Haven Community Foundation and partnering with the City of South Haven. If you would like to get involve send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to have you join our effort.
Projects for Fall 2016:
This October, Foundry Hall produced an educational program in the South Haven Schools featuring Michigan musicians, Diana Ladio and Alison Lynn of The Moxie Strings. In addition to two days of clinics with orchestra students from 6th to 12th grade, the project also provided a community concert free to all students and open to the community. The 75 minute concert closed with the orchestra students performing along side The Moxie Strings joined by drummer, Fritz McGirr. They played songs they had learned in the clinics and everyone had a chance to give an improvised solo.
The feedback from students, parents and the community members that attended the performance was overwhelmingly positive. We feel we have given the students a memorable experience that was eye-opening, inspirational and fun. We want to thank SHPS Orchestra director Jessica Fiederowicz for working with us to make this happen. This program was made possible in part by a grant from the South Haven Community Foundation and the Albemarle Foundation. We greatly appreciate their support in Foundry Hall projects.
In September, Foundry Hall volunteer and songwriter, Andy Baker, assembled a “songwriter’s circle” with fellow musicians Michael Crittenden and Joe Shields. A fun format of taking turns sharing songs, the show was very well received. We’d love to do this sort of thing more often!
upcoming Fall events:
Fall Festival downtown featuring Grand Rapids alt-folk, indie pop, jazz group Olivia Mainville and the Aquatic Troupe and the zany jug band stylings of the Coloma based Deep Fried Pickle Project starting at 12:30pm at the Huron Street pavilion as well as local musicians on the streets all day.
Summer 2016 projects:
Foundry Hall hosted many kid friendly music experiences this summer. In coordination with his Riverfront Concert Series performance, pianist Matthew Ball did a special “Boogie Woogie” preschool program at the library during the regularly scheduled Tunebugs program offered weekly by Foundry Hall. The regularly scheduled Kids’ Cabaret Talent Share had a special patio edition with our old friend Andru Bemis. Michigan Folk Duo Gemini
gave a wonderful free family concert that was made possibly by generous donations from supportive community members. The lawn is a great spot to listen to music on the gentle sloping hill, dance in the grass and watch the boat traffic go by on the river! We will try to use that space more next summer for sure.
Foundry Hall coordinated a small group of college music students providing music in the Youth Development Corporation (YDC/PAL) day camps in June and July. This is the first summer that we have worked with this organization, but we hope to be able to enrich more of their programs with music. We are very happy to be job creators for these young folks, even if just for a few weeks!
After a full year of preparing, Foundry Hall also presented a one day music festival called Rhythm on the River on July 23rd at Riverfront Park. The festival featured Michigan musicians performing original music and had such family friendly activities as chalking the sidewalk, painting a naugahyde covered piano (now living
downstairs at the Black River Tavern) and corn hole games. Rising stars and long time Foundry Hall Talent Share participants, Daniel and Isabel Noguera, kicked off the festival with their fantastic original music.
We threw a party/sale at our soon to be vacated office space at the Warren Center (don’t worry we’re not disappearing, just working out shared space for lessons and workshops) on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in July. The South Haven Area Mens’ Chorus and our own music educator Doug Peterson performed in the late afternoon and then traveling musicians Drew Gibson, Jon Nazdin and Dave Hadley provided lovely entertainment on the patio that evening.
Finishing up the summer, local (Benton Harbor) musician and LMC student, Chris Kang, performed on the patio at the Warren Center announcing his upcoming CD release. Gobles musician, Andy Baker, performed his original work at the Black River Tavern.
Spring 2016 projects:
Foundry Hall coordinated local musicians for Spring Fling party in downtown South Haven on Saturday, April 23rd. Thirteen musicians, young and old, performed on the street corners to help create a festive environment. Foundry Hall paid a small stipend to each musician for their efforts from the Community Music Fund. This was a great opportunity for a lot of young musicians to try out informal performance and to meet other musicians. It also exposed lots of people to a variety of music styles and instruments.
In May, Foundry Hall hosted two free community music concerts. Local piano student, Hannah Jessup, performed her repetoire at the library and Joe Foster and Ron Van Lente who perform together as “Silver Threads” were featured at the Warren Senior Center. Andy Baker performed a the Black River Tavern (downstairs venue) as a community concert as well and we joined by the Silver Threads for a couple of songs.
The Riverfront Concert Series kicked off on May 26th with a performance of the South Haven High School Jazz Band directed by Jeff Bopp. Foundry Hall has partnered with the City of South Haven to book and host the Riverfront Concert Series, a series of free concerts on Thursday nights from late May to Labor Day.
Winter 2016 projects:
Foundry Hall hosted more Community Music Concerts including Pete Wehle‘s return to singing Frank Sinatra’s greatest hits and local musicians, Star and Charlie. Foundry Hall added to the Ice Breaker festivities in town by hosting the Deep Fried Pickle Project along the chili tasting tour. Danny Donuts livened up the library’s Ice Breaker story hour, as well.
Our monthly Kids’ Cabaret Talent Share continued through the winter with lots of fun music making, story telling and puppeteering creating a time and place for free creativity with friends and family.
Fall 2015 projects:
“A Gift of Music” Performance Series at the South Haven Memorial Library. The series showcases a variety of music performed by talented, local musicians and is free and open to the community. Featuring Roger Ransom, Eden Morris and Michael Vanden Tak, a South Haven High School Choir Ensemble led by Katie Hillyard and Erin Hill Van Horn and Catlin Nell Lancaster, the Library and Foundry Hall give the gift of live music this holiday season in the comfortable Library community room.
Foundry Hall, with the help of Roger Ransom, are maintaining the library’s Everett Piano. This was the last piano made at the Everett Piano factory in South Haven in 1986 and was donated to the City of South Haven. The inside of the cabinet is inscribed by the employees of the Everett Piano Company, then owned by Yamaha.
Summer 2015 projects:
Families from South Haven and the surrounding area hosted a traveling dance group from the Czech Republic this past August. Coordinated by Foundry Hall twenty-one members of the dance group Dance Studio Light of the Na Popolce School in Prague visited South Haven for two days en route from Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp to Chicago. They gave a very well received, free performance for the community on Thursday, August 21st at the First Hebrew Congregation Synagogue which the congregation let us use for free.
Foundry Hall was excited to be contacted by Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and happy to bring together so many people for a cultural exchange and performance opportunity and we hope to have more opportunities in the future.
Foundry Hall has hosted the Riverfront Concert Series with the City of South Haven this summer. We will do our best to carry on this long standing series offering a variety of local and regional musical talent and genres. Concerts are Thursday evenings in the summer at Riverfront Park on Water Street.
Foundry Hall and South Haven Center for the Arts are presented professional harpist, Laurel Federbush, closing the Talmud: Marc Chagall and Ben Zion exhibit at SHCA on July 24th, 6-7:30pm. Federbush has composed original music based on the Jewish Bible for the harp and will perform for the community at this free event.
Projects from earlier 2015:
Earth Day Celebration with Transitions South Haven, Michigan History Day at North Shore Elementary with the Historical Association of South Haven, Arts Day at Lincoln Elementary and a four day African music project featuring Ugandan musician and educator, Kinobe.
Kinobe led workshops and performed for the students at Baseline Middle School. Foundry Hall obtained funding from the South Haven Community Foundation, South Haven Public School Foundation to make this possible. Foundry Hall coordinated with the school and provided technical assistance for the program.
In addition to the day at Baseline, Kinobe gave two performances reaching all of the students at Covert Public Schools. We greatly appreciate a donation from Suzanne Blair as well as the funding from the Covert School District that made this program possible.
Foundry Hall provided opportunities for the general community as well facilitating a workshop at our Warren Center location as well as an evening community performance at Listiak Auditorium in South Haven.
Coordinating this event for our community and particularly for so many students was a very satisfying experience for the Foundry Hall volunteers and we hope to create more opportunities like this in the future!
Projects from 2014:
September: Foundry Hall hosted Blues Benefit Concert for South Haven’s Sister City, Quilali, Nicaragua featuring the Elwood Splinters Blues Band.
March: Foundry Hall hosts and organizes SPRINGFEST: Liberty Hyde Bailey’s birthday bash with music performances and jams, instrument petting zoo and crafts.