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Songcatchers Celebrates 20 Years, Honors Sister Beth

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Apr 21, 2017

On May 7, Songcatchers, Inc. will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its after-school music program and honor Sister Beth Dowd, the organization’s founder, executive director, and overall visionary, who has been an instrumental leader to the program.

According to Songcatchers, “Often times, music education and training is limited to those who can afford expensive private lessons. Songcatchers has successfully set out to change that. The not-for-profit organization offers one-on-one and small group after-school and weekend music classes for $8.00 per lesson, making it an affordable option for children who might otherwise not have the opportunity to explore their musical talent.”

“It isn’t just about the music; it is about unlocking the potential in each student no matter where they are from,” said Sister Beth Dowd. “It’s very exciting to see the children doing such work. It proves the point that there is potential in everyone.”

Songcatchers’ after-school music program, which began with 35 students and 8 volunteers, now serves over 125 students with the help of 60 volunteers guided by six professional musicians.

You can learn more about Songcatchers, their upcoming anniversary, and Sister Beth Dowd here.

About Songcatchers, Inc.

Songcatchers, Inc. was founded by Sr. Beth Dowd, OSU, in 1994 as a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality musical programs that were both affordable and accessible to the multi-cultural population within New Rochelle. It has since expanded to include families from the neighboring communities.

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