The UUAA Board of Trustees authorized the establishment of a Geisenhainer Music Fund in 2017 to honor our retiring Sr. Minister the Reverend Gail R. Geisenhainer. This fund will support current and future music programs and music community outreach, in tribute to Rev. Gail Geisenhainer’s eight years of loving nurture of UUAA’s outstanding music ministries.
The first goal of the fund was to purchase a much needed new piano for the Phifer Sanctuary. That goal was reached and the Geisenhainer Steinway Grand Piano was christened in June of 2016 and will allow expanded music program opportunities.
Longer term, the fund will support music lessons for children from the Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor communities who could not otherwise afford them. Money from the fund could employ music students from local universities to provide piano lessons on the Geisenhainer piano.
Our Director of Worship & Music, Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, had his first opportunity to study music through affordable piano lessons offered at his neighborhood church in South Baltimore. He has been inspired by the W.O. Smith Music School of Nashville (see wosmith.org), which has made affordable, quality musical instruction available to thousands of young people from low-income families for over 30 years.
We launched this fund in 2016. Ongoing funding will be through benefit recitals and ongoing donations. We hope future recitals might feature students from the program, as one measure of the program’s success.
If you would like to contribute toward this fund, you can do so by clicking on the "Donate Now" button here.