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Congratulations to the California State University, Northridge, Department of Music, on being named recipient of the 2016 Hans Schmelzer Music Award! The award was made in recognition of the efforts being made at the university to provide students the opportunity to study the music of Central and Eastern Europe.  The award includes a $1,000 grant to be used by the university for its music program. The Award Committee cited the CSUN opera ensemble's performance of Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck as an excellent example of the music of Central and Eastern Europe that has helped shape modern music development.  In a letter to Dr. Ric Alviso, Chairperson of the CSUN Music Department, the committee stated, “We know that by studying and performing such music, your students will have a greater appreciation for the origins all genres of modern music and will have a broader awareness of the rich spectrum of music from around the world.”  Performances of the opera were held on November 3 thru 6, 2016, at CSUN's Campus Theatre.
The Hans Schmelzer Music Award will provide grants to local schools, college, or non-profit organization music programs, to promote the study of mid-European folk, classical, and popular music. The award was established to honor Mr. Hans Schmelzer, the founder of the German-American Brass Band of Southern California. Donations to help fund the award are being accepted and are tax deductible. Donation Forms are available on-line. Make sure to mark "Schmelzer Award" on your Donation Form in order to designate it specifically for the grant fund. If you represent an ensemble or would like to submit a nomination for the award, get all the information and forms you need by clicking here.
Musicians interested in joining the AMF are invited to contact us for more information on joining our performance activity, the German-American Brass Band of Southern California.