Most people who spend any amount of time with me know that I love to give toasts. It’s a great way to acknowledge an accomplishment, a person, or a meaningful thought…and when one acknowledges, you have the ability to move on.

I get this desire to toast as a result of my upbringing–many riotous family gatherings, celebratory post-concert receptions, and many wonderful life events. Since I began as Director of Apple Hill, we’ve ended each summer sitting together at what I like to call the “Long Table” and give individual toasts to whatever occurs to us at the moment. Some people toast to music, their chamber group, a fellow employee, and, most especially, to Apple Hill.

Well, now I have a toast: “To our end of the year donors–thank you.”

You did it!

It’s because of you that we were able to surpass our goal–your generosity makes it possible for Apple Hill to keep moving on! And we will. We’ll be able to continue our music-making (check out the Apple Hill Quartet’s concert schedule), travel to Peru this April to teach and play concerts, welcome 300 students and 45 faculty this summer to our on-site chamber music workshop, and we’ll all be able to bask in the beauty of connection and acceptance through our Playing for Peace outreach program. I hope you feel the great sense of accomplishment that I feel right now about Apple Hill.

Happy New Year to you! Stay with us…and I hope to see you at our many concerts and events!

-Lenny Matczynski, Director

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Most people who spend any amount of time with me know that I love to give toasts. It’s a great way to acknowledge an accomplishment, a person, or a meaningful thought…and when one acknowledges, you have the ability to move on. I get this desire to toast as a result of my upbringing–many riotous family […]

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