About FAYM

On November 21, 2007, the Foundation to Assist Young Musicians (FAYM) was born. Established by Harold Weller, the Founding Music Director and Conductor Laureate of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, FAYM is, with help from many generous supporters and volunteers, succeeding in its mission which is stated as follows:

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FAYM
Mission Statement

FAYM is threefold:
1)  To encourage and support young musicians in early training,
2) Advanced study,
3) Professional career development, specifically those who are in need of financial and/or mentoring support up to the age of 26, and to develop innovative programs for children in low income communities to receive musical instruction and opportunity.

Team

Committed to Education

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Hal Weller

Founder/Trustee

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Art Ochoa

VFK Co-Founder

Board Member

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FAYM President

Board Members

Elliot Gorlin                    President
Richard McGee              Vice President
Claudia Rivera                Secretary/Past President
Stephen Waldron          Treasurer
Christopher Bonds        Board Member

Arturo Ochoa                 Past-President
Sandra Pelaez                Board Member
Juan Soto                       Board Member/Luthier

Bill Thornhill                   Board Member

Hal Weller                      Founder/Trustee
             
         HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS
Jamie Bernstein             Hilary Hahn
Gary Karr                        Valentina Lisitsa             
Dennis Ortwein              Alexander Prior
                   De Ann Letourneau

FAYM History

Violins For Kids

In the fall of 2009 retired symphony conductor, Hal Weller, and retired inner-city school principal, Arturo Ochoa, saw the need and launched the “Violins for Kids” project to offer music instruction to youngsters in underserved neighborhoods in Las Vegas.  The program has grown from 15 to 200 students from 51 elementary schools currently enrolled in three community center locations.  FAYM has exciting plans for further expansion.
As an affiliate of the worldwide El Sistema movement, FAYM’s “Violins for Kids” project, provides youngsters with instruments, materials, two to four lessons a week, a free Summer Institute from June 1st to July 20th, and special musical field trips at just $25 per month tuition. Parents are urged to attend lessons with their child which forms a strong common family bond. The year-long program is coordinated by Timothy Thomas and staffed by instructors Candace Chun, Faride Acosta, Alexandr Dzyubinski, Marla Huizar, Anthony Rodriguez, Arturo Hernandez, Brigido Galvan, Azaria Carruthers, and student assistants Kira Cox and Ja'Nyah Newson.  Renowned Luthier, Juan Soto, volunteers his expertise to keep all of FAYM’s string instruments in top condition and retired school principal & “Violins for Kids” co-founder, Arturo Ochoa, serves as Past President of FAYM's Board.
The “Violins for Kids” project has won recognition from the Clark County School District’s Partnership Program, the Clark County Board of Supervisors, and such celebrities as singer, Josh Groban, world-famous solo bassist Gary Karr, Teller (of Penn & Teller), and Jamie Bernstein, daughter of renowned conductor/composer Leonard Bernstein.