Saturday, February 14, 2015

A note from Gabi

 It is messages like this that make the Ferris Burtis Music Foundation worth the work. If you would like to make a tax-free contribution to this work, please mail your check to:

Ferris Burtis Foundation
Berkshire Taconic Foundation 
800 North Main Street
Sheffield, MA 01257

Dear Mr. Burtis,

    Thank you very much for continuing to support me in my education! I’m having a great year at Lawrence- I’ve now declared my majors in organ performance and religious studies. The Brombaugh organ here is absolutely marvelous. It’s a 49 rank tracker organ that’s especially well-suited for early German music, so practicing Bach is just wonderful.
    This year I have the privilege of directing a third through fifth grade children’s choir at a local church, as well as accompanying an adult church choir and the university women’s choir. The combined Lawrence choirs just performed the Bruckner Mass in E minor and we’re beginning work on the Bach St. John Passion for a performance this spring. All of these choral opportunities are phenomenal and I’m learning so much as a singer, accompanist and teacher!
    I’m very excited to begin taking voice lessons this spring with Teresa Seidl. I’ve also taken conducting this year, as well as piano pedagogy. In religious studies, I’m getting my fill of Christianity and Islam now, and look forward to Buddhism courses in the coming years.
    Thank you again for your support- I am incredibly grateful that you and your foundation are making it possible for me to receive this education.

                                            Gabi Makuc 

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