Join us Sunday, December 8th for a magical evening of music and HOPE when the Oneida Area Civic Chorale presents "Christmas for the Children" at 4pm at the Oneida Sr. High School, Seneca Street, Oneida, NY.
This amazing group of over 100 community singers will be sharing their voices to help deliver hope to our KEYS kids. Special guest artist will be our very own Donna Mucks, along with a special duet performance with Donna and KEYS Hearts of Hope Liason, Adam Chandler. The amazing Otto Shortell Middle School 6th Grade Select Choral Ensemble will perform too! A portion of the proceeds of the concert will benefit KEYS and the event will be live-streamed to our KEYS kids across the country! Thank you to Peter Rashford from Midair Studio for making it possible for us to "deliver music & hope" to the bedside of our KEYS kids!
Our heartfelt thanks to the Oneida Area Civic Chorale for all they do for our KEYS kids!
THANK YOU for 20 Years of Hope!
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us, either in person, or via our live-stream, to celebrate our 20th anniversary! Be sure to check out our WONDERFUL musicians, sponsors and volunteers who made this evening possible scrolling on the live-stream screen on our home page. Thank you all for enabling us to "deliver music and hope" to our KEYS kids!
Miss the Live-Stream? Tune-In HERE To Watch the Video of the Concert!
Check out PART 1 of our 20th Anniversary Concert featuring Katie Quick and Donna Mucks HERE:
If you want to join us in delivering music and hope to kids battling cancer, just click on our DONATE button below the live stream box to make your tax-deductible donation. For every $20 you donate, we can deliver music and hope to the bedside of a child battling cancer.
Thank you for an AMAZING 20 years of delivering music & hope!
KEYS Newsletter is Back!
We are VERY excited to announce our newsletter is back! Here is a preview of our cover page. Click on this link to check out this month's entire edition!
KEYS Celebrates 20 Years of Delivering Music & Hope!
"In what seemed just a blink ago, I was in a hospital room helping my mother gently maneuver headphones on my father’s ears. My father’s journey with cancer was brief, and we knew he was nearing his time to leave us. We were just hoping music could help relax him, even just a little, and provide his body enough peace to be able to sleep after days of agitation and pain. Within an hour…he was asleep. As the nurses began asking what we had done to help calm and ease my father’s pain, we said, ‘We just played music.’ That was the life-changing moment that has brought us here 20 years later.” KEYS Founder Colleen Bennett
From that moment in November of 1993, the KEYS Program was born to help bring music, comfort and hope to kids and their families going through the same difficult time in their life through the healing power of music. Today, the KEYS Program is a 501c3 nonprofit organization providing bedside music, concerts and music care packages to over 5,000 kids each year in children’s hospitals, camps and special needs sites both locally, and across the country, all at no cost to the families they serve.
To celebrate our 20th anniversary, KEYS will be hosting a celebration concert for KEYS families, sponsors and friends featuring longtime KEYS supporters Donna Mucks (www.donnamucks.com)and Nashville recording artist Katie Quick (www.katiequick.com), on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 7pm at the Whitesboro Presbyterian Church in Whitesboro, NY. There will be a Meet 'N Greet reception with delicious refreshments immediately following the concert provided by the wonderful folks at the Whitesboro Presbyterian Church.
Click on the Link Below to Purchase Tickets and
for Info on How YOU can Sponsor a KEYS family!
FREE Music & Wellness Workshop Series
Sponsored by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
The KEYS Program is proud to announce it has been awarded a Community Health Award from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield in order to present its Music and Wellness workshop to the the community for FREE this Fall! Workshops are being presented on:
Madison County: Wednesday, November 6th at 5:30pm at the Oneida Area Day Care Center, Sayles Street, Oneida
Oneida County: Wednesday, November 13th at 6pm the Child Care Council of Cooperative Extension, 121 Second Street, Oriskany
Herkimer County: Monday, December 16th at 10am-11am at the Herkimer ARC, 111 5th Ave, Herkimer, NY 13350
Join Us for Fall Lessons & Classes!
Our AMAZING award-winning teachers share over 60 years of experience teaching music to students of all ages. Private piano, voice, woodwind, percussion, string, brass and guitar lessons available for students and adults. Group Vocal Class for young singers (grades 2-5), intermediate singers (grades 6-8) and and Music for Little Mozarts for young pianists (ages 4-6). All net proceeds benefit our outreach programs at KEYS so we may deliver music, comfort and hope to kids battling cancer at no cost!
What better way to learn, share and give back than through the power of music!
Contact us at 315-363-6446 for more info or to register TODAY!
3rd Annual Hearts of Hope Concert Was Simply AMAZING!
SAVE THE DATE! 4th Annual Concert To Be Held May 16, 2014!!
The Third Annual Hearts of Hope Benefit Concert held on April 26th was an evening of high-energy, laughter, tears, amazing music and most of all HOPE! The Hearts of Hope Project is a partnership of the VVS Entertainment Industry Class and the KEYS Program, and was created to help bring hope and comfort to kids with cancer through the power of music. All proceeds raised through this amazing partnership goes to creating and producing special music therapy care packages that are given away to children in hospitals who are suffering from cancer and other serious illnesses.
From beginning to end the evening was infused with inspirational stories and “Shout Outs” to dozens of children in hospitals across the United States. A beautiful state-of-the-art sound and light array again adorned the stage thanks to the generosity of SubCat Studios. The event was recorded and live-streamed in order for our KEYS kids to be a part of the magic from their hospital rooms. The video will be posted on our website in the coming week, so those who could not attend may watch this magical night!
VVS Entertainment Industry students along with KEYS musicians wrote songs embracing all genres of music, from rap to folk music. The featured act The Birdseed Bandits came out with one thing in mind, to get the audience on their feet. With their high-energy performance and raw acoustic sounds through the use of banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin, upright bass and piano they left the audience wanting more!
As the night came to a close two very special KEYS kids were honored. Lindsie Peters received an award for her outstanding job as the 2012-13 KEYS Kids Ambassador. During Lindsie’s year, she was able to be the “face” of KEYS kids across the country. As Ambassador, she represented the KEYS Program at Zippy’s Crusade for Kids, a special event hosted by NASCAR crew chief Greg and Nan Zipadelli each year in Inlet, NY. Along with being a special guest, she and her family were able to meet NASCAR driver Tony Stewart and many of the amazing folks from the NASCAR family. Lindsie passed the Ambassador baton over to Hope Inslee, who became the new 2013-14 KEYS Kids Ambassador.
Also honored on this special night was Ernest Gerald Getman who received the Norman J. Reed Legacy Award. This award is given to a member of the Vernon, Verona, Sherrill community who exemplifies the values demonstrated by Mr. Norman J. Reed whose work ethic was based on giving rather than receiving. Norm sought out and developed avenues for students and adults to achieve personal success that included opportunities to serve and give back to the community. Ernest “Jerry” Getman is well known for his hard work and dedication to volunteerism at the local, state and national levels.
This year’s concert could not have been possible without the generosity of many local businesses and volunteers. On behalf of VVS EI Class and the KEYS Program we would like to thank the following supporters:
Apple Betty’s, Black Stallion, Boat Restaurant, Byrne Dairy, Colosseo’s, Dharma Bums String Band, Emilio’s Italian Deli, Franklin Hotel, HP Hood, Joel’s Steakhouse, John Froass & Son, KEYS volunteers, Oneida Savings Bank, Packy’s Pub, Price Chopper – Oneida, Radisson, RISEN, Sherrill Chiropractic, Sherrill Fire Department, SubCat Studios, Teddy’s, Travel Store at Captain John’s, VVS FFA, VVS Music Boosters, Wagon Wheel, Wal-Mart & Zensations. Thank you to WUTR for coming to our Hearts of Hope Concert this year!
Be sure to watch for ticket info for the 2014 Hearts of Hope Concert being held May 16, 2014!!! See you there!