SUPPORTING MUSICAL EXCELLENCE IN OKEMOS

Thanks to You, OMP’s Virtual Spaghetti Dinner 2022 is a Success!

Dear Okemos Community, 

Thank you for supporting Okemos Music Patrons’ Virtual Spaghetti Dinner 2022 in a myriad of ways: with your donations, your sharing of music program highlights with extended family, neighbors and friends, your encouraging comments, and your enthusiasm for music education in Okemos.

Thanks to you and your generous support, OMP’s first ever online fundraising event was a great success!  More than 260 donors and seven local businesses helped us raise over $22,000 for Okemos music programs. 

These funds will help OMP to continue supporting elementary music programs and choir, band and orchestra programs at Kinawa, Chippewa and Okemos High School.  OMP provides funds directly to teachers for instrument purchases and repairs, bringing in outside coaches and clinicians, piano accompanists, purchasing music scores, transportation for field trips and festivals and so much more.

OMP also awards numerous merit and need-based scholarships throughout the year. Starting at the upcoming spring concerts, we are pleased to offer you an easier online way to contribute to the scholarship funds normally collected by hand in drums at all the concerts.

As another happy outcome of the Virtual Spaghetti Dinner 2022 effort, OMP’s website will continue to serve as a place to share highlights of music programs as well as links to various concerts. You can continue to access these on the SPOTLIGHT section of the website. We look forward to sharing music news and links to concerts with you throughout the year.   

Thank you again for making this first virtual event a success!

Sincerely,
Okemos Music Patrons Board

SPOTLIGHT
Okemos High School Music:
One of the Best Programs in Michigan

Each week of OMP’s Virtual Spaghetti Dinner 2022, we will share highlights from an Okemos music program. 

Band, Orchestra & Choir Ensembles are Top-Notch

As Okemos students enter high school, they put their strong music skills developed from K-8 to work in one or more of the advanced band, orchestra and choir ensembles.  The offerings are varied and diverse, including freshman groups, Marching Band, Concert and Philharmonic Orchestra, Someko Choir, Symphonic Wind Ensemble and more.  Students can also participate in specialized groups like the Okemos Percussion Group, Jazz Band, Suzuki Cello Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra and many others.  

Each group is taught by highly skilled and experienced teachers and consistently receive top ratings at MSBOA music festivals, district and regional solo and ensembles and other statewide events. Justin Valla directs the orchestra program; Mark Stice directs the band program; and Claire Bellamy directs the choir. Year after year, several students from all three programs audition and are selected for the prestigious MSBOA All-State Honors Ensembles.

Okemos Music Patrons supports choir, band and orchestra programs at Okemos High School with funds for need-based and merit scholarships, instruments and repairs, bringing in outside clinicians, piano accompanists, purchasing music scores, transportation to festivals and so much more. 

Donate now to the OMP Virtual Spaghetti Dinner 2022!  Help OMP support musical excellence in Okemos today!

HIGH SCHOOL CONCERTS

2022 OHS Collage Concert
2021 OHS Winter Band Concert
2021 OHS Winter Choir Concert
2022 Choir Cabaret
2022 OHS Winter Orchestra Concert

Donate now to the OMP Virtual Spaghetti Dinner 2022!  Help OMP support musical excellence in Okemos today!

REMEMBER THE MUSIC,
THE FUN AND THE FOOD?

It’s time for Spaghetti Dinner 2022!

Wait, is there a spaghetti dinner this year?

Sadly, not in person. The good news is that we are hosting a virtual spaghetti dinner fundraiser from February 28 to March 24. Okemos Music Patrons has truly tried to find a way to hold this event, but with the world still emerging from the pandemic, we concluded our school community is not yet ready for thousands of people gathering and eating together at OHS.

Do we need a Spaghetti Dinner?

Yes, we actually do. The Spaghetti Dinner has been the annual fundraiser for the OMP for over 30 years and the money raised is used directly by Okemos music teachers. The last Spaghetti Dinner was in March 2020, literally days before the world shut down. It was a great success, bringing thousands together and raising over $30,000 for music programs. For many of us it was the last “normal” event we attended. In 2021, with the world still masked, distanced, school online, and vaccines brand new, OMP could not hold the event. Fortunately, OMP had set aside a “rainy day fund” in case the spaghetti dinner couldn’t be held some year– this is how we supported the music programs through 2021!

Now, it is 2022, and Okemos Music Patrons must raise funds this year to allow teachers to continue keeping the programs top notch.

What is Virtual Spaghetti Dinner 2022?

We are holding an online fundraiser, and we are asking all of you to contribute as if you were contributing to an actual spaghetti dinner. Remember those tickets you bought every year? This year you can donate online, watch videos from past concerts, and (bonus for some) not eat spaghetti…

We’ve made donating online secure and easy on a GOFUNDME page dedicated to this event.

Each week, your music teacher will email you news from a different music department with pictures, and links to past and recent events. Also, check out the OMP Facebook page for updates. We hope you will share these and the donation links among your social networks and help us spread the word.

One of the greatest strengths of the Okemos Music program is the enthusiastic support of parents and community members– physically, emotionally, and financially. We are earnestly reaching out to you now to continue your amazing contributions and support. We have set a goal of $25,000 for this event, please donate generously today and help us support musical excellence in Okemos!

SPONSORS

PATRON LEVEL

BENEFACTOR LEVEL

SUPPORTER LEVEL

Commercial Bank
Culver’s of Okemos
Dunkin’ of Okemos

Meridian Winds
Serra Auto Collection

ENSEMBLE LEVEL

SOLO LEVEL

Our Mission

To provide support to the Okemos Music Program (Band, Choir, General Music, and Orchestra) to enhance and maintain the high quality of music education, exposure, and performance for all interested students in the district. To provide needed financial support to all students interested in expanding their music experience.

About the OMP Board

We are very fortunate to be in a district that truly values and embraces music. We are a dedicated group of parents who work together with the teachers to provide supplies, scholarships, and general music funding to help maintain and enhance the very high quality of the Okemos Public Schools’ music program. If you share our passion for music in Okemos, and would like to contribute your time and talents, please join us!

Executive Board

President: Nancy Herta
Vice-President: Shruti Vaidya
Treasurers: Minjung Yun and Kyoo-Il Kim
Secretary: Kathy Fortin

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