Check out our concert section to see more pictures from The Joel Guild Memorial Concert and Fundraiser.  The funds from this concert are directly applied to our guitar program for underserved children.  Children get weekly lessons and as they progress through the program the earn a guitar of their own to continue to grow with (paid for by the program).

The above picture features Gayle Karafil and her band performing at the memorial event.  Gayle is responsible for creating the Joel Guild Memorial Endowment, and is a member of our Board of Trustees.

CityMusic News.....

July 27, 2022

General Updates!

Some updates about our fall programming and concerts is being finalized.  Save the date OCTOPBER 30th, Guitar Showcase Concert - 2pm.  More details to follow. 

We have once again been awarded a grant from the Ohio Arts Council.  Every member of our team truly appreciates their continued support of our programming to benefit children and mission to make music accessible for all.  

Gayle Karafil has graciously agreed to join our Board of Trustees.  More information about Gayle and her mission to come!


Please take a moment to view the link below to see the amazing event Gayle held to kick off the Endowment, honor Joel, and support our mission.

May 1, 2022

Covid Recovery!


As you may have guessed, CityMusic’s music educators were unable to teach at HeadStart programs for the last 20 months.  First, the HeadStart programs were closed.  Second, the reopening of HeadStart classes has been partial, still preventing “visitors” like our musicians.  Third and currently, the HeadStart classes are suffering from adequate child care and educator staffing.


However, progress is underway, and we are thrilled to report that ZOOM classes will begin in a few weeks at 3 HeadStart sites:  Norton, Cherry Creek and Future Scholars.  In total, our music educators will conduct bi-weekly sessions at 8 classrooms, engaging with 151 children.


Huge thanks to our ZOOM coordinator Evelyn Christner, our former Music Director Roger Parish and our long-time beloved teacher Mimi Chenfeld.  And to Kat Welz, Executive Director and to Alison Thornton, Education Director of the YMCA of Central Ohio, who oversee the HeadStart programs.


Future plans:  we want  to increase coverage by our music educators to all the YMCA sponsored HeadStart programs and to resume negotiations with the Childhood Defense Fund to expand service to their HeadStart programs as well.


Thanks to Megan Real for continued support through her Craft and Crop events.  And to Ohio Arts Council for continued support.


We hope you will remember us in your year-end philanthropy, and that you will watch for notices of our upcoming art sale fundraising activities and of our 2022 spring fundraiser.

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Established in 1981, CityMusic Columbus is an arts organization that has long had a two fold mission of creating unique live music events and providing musical outreach to   Columbus youth. Moving forward we are shifting away from presenting and focusing on growing our partnerships with a variety of social service and arts organizations to provide music-making and music-educational opportunities to under-served children in Columbus. Our primary partnership at present is with the YMCA Columbus where we provide Head Start Music and Learning in five Head Start programs.

Music enhances learning, literacy, responsibility, spirituality, and creativity, and children who receive music education are better equipped to excel in academic activities and to participate in their communities. CityMusic Columbus can enhance the lives of citizens in our community by filling the gaps in exposure to musical



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