Join us again this year for some great music!

Join us again this year for some great music!

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Welcome to the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center Women’s String Orchestra,

a prison orchestra supported by the nonprofit Arts on the Edge.

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About Us

Kathryn Hoffer

Artistic Music Director of HMCC Orchestra

Kathryn Hoffer, a violinist and graduate of the Eastman School of Music, has enjoyed a successful 45-year career as a music educator in school orchestra and private studio settings. She is currently the music director of the Society of Strings, an orchestra for amateur adult string players, as well as the orchestras at Hiland Mountain Correctional Institution. She serves on the faculty and board of the Alaska String Camps and is adjunct faculty in the University of Alaska Anchorage Music Department.

Ms. Hoffer has been a member of the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra since 1974 and concertmaster since 1983. She also plays in the orchestras of Anchorage Opera, Anchorage Concert Chorus, Alaska Chamber Singers and in smaller chamber ensembles throughout south-central Alaska. In 2002

Ms. Hoffer was honored as the Alaska Music Educator of the Year by the Alaska Music Educators Association. Also in 2002 she was named a BP Woman of Achievement. She was the recipient of the Individual Artist Award in the Mayor’s Arts Award program. In 2010 she was honored with the American String Teachers Association’s Elizabeth A.H. Green School Educator Award.

Joy Sharpe

Artistic Music Director of HMCC Orchestra

Joy Sharpe retired in 2003 after teaching orchestra in the Anchorage School District for twenty-one years.  Principal assignments included West High School, Gruening Middle School, and numerous elementary orchestras.  In 1999 she was honored to receive the Alaska Outstanding Music Educator Award.  Joy played violin in the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra for over ten years and has participated in several chamber music ensembles.  Since retirement she has been a member of the Anchorage Concert Chorus and has enjoyed tours to Russia, Europe and Canada with that group.

She continues to support her interest in string music education by actively serving on the Board of Alaska String Camps, Inc. and by teaching at Hiland Correctional Center.  At Hiland she is also involved in Parenting Classes with the inmates.  She feels that she is qualified to do this because of her forty-five years of experience with her own two children and five grandchildren.  She is a liturgist in her church and leads a small group Bible Study for women.  Joy is married to Jon Sharpe.

History

In the Fall of 2003, two long-time friends were visiting. Beginning cellist Pati Crofut was yearning for an adult beginning orchestra to play with. Janice Weiss, Education Director of Hiland Mountain Correctional Center, was looking for educational programs for the incarcerated women. The rest is history.

Arts on the Edge supports the women's orchestra at hiland mountain prison

A 501c3, Arts on the Edge was formed. Mike Doogan, Anchorage Daily News columnist wrote a column about the venture. The resulting publicity generated instrument donations. One violin, acquired from a local pawnshop for $50.00 appraised at $2000 and was miraculously transformed into four lesser violins. Individuals were asked for donations. Jackie Davis a local high school music teacher was hired to teach and conduct the women.

The original orchestra consisted of eight women with no musical background. Orchestra class met every Saturday and the musicians were encouraged to practice during the week. Starting with 6th grade musical literature, the inmates were taught to read music, understand rhythm and ‘play well with others’. Guardian angels agreed to endow the chairs. An orchestra was born.

With an innovative and forward-thinking prison superintendent – Dean Marshall, helpful prison correctional officers and administration, the first public concert was held inside the prison on Saturday, June 12, 2004. There are three orchestras now with 30 women. The advanced orchestra has progressed from sixth grade musical literature to high school level. Except for minor grants, the orchestra is self-supporting through concert ticket sales and crafts made by the inmates.

The prison holiday concert is held the first Saturday in December each year. The prison orchestras perform some musical pieces alone and others assisted by musicians from the Anchorage Symphony and the Anchorage musical community. Each year there is also a well-known guest artist. This year we are so very fortunate to have guest artist cellist, Zuill Bailey.

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In the NewsThe Associate Press posted this headline for its coverage of Arts on the Edge

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An Associated Press story was picked up by 137 news outlets including the Anchorage Daily NewsThe Seattle TimesBoston GlobeUS News and World ReportFox, and the Washington Post.

 

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Hiland Mountain Women’s String Orchestra Holiday Concert With Special Guest Musician: Violist, Sheila Browne DATE: Saturday, December 5, 2015 TIME: 1:30 LOCATION: Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River, Alaska TICKET PRICE: $30.00 PURCHASE TICKETS: Tickets available through Centertix. DIRECTIONS: Driving north toward Eagle River on the Glenn Highway, exit right at Hiland Road. Cross [...]

The Ninth Annual Hiland Mountain Women’s String Orchestra Holiday Concert Saturday, December 8, 2012 12:30 pm, and 3:30 pm Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River, Alaska $30.00 donation – tax deductible Directions Driving north toward Eagle River on the Glenn Highway, exit right at Hiland Road. Cross Hiland at the off-ramp sign and continue [...]

Sponsorship

2015 
Sponsorship
 Program

Thank
 you
 for 
your 
interest
 in
 sponsoring 
the
 Hiland
 Mountain
 Correctional
 Center
 Women’s
 String 
Orchestra. 

Your
 contribution
 provides
 a 
unique 
and
 meaningful
 opportunity
 not 
only
 for 
the
 women
 who
 participate 
in 
the 
orchestra, 
but
 for 
the
 entire 
Hiland 
Mountain 
community 
as 
well.


Orchestra 
Sponsor
­
 $1,500

‐ 20 
tickets
‐ Full 
page
 in 
the
 program
‐ Co‐branding
 on 
all
 promotional 
material*

Quartet 
Sponsor 
­
$750

‐ 20 
tickets
‐ 1⁄2
 page
 in 
the 
program
‐ Co‐branding 
on
 event 
posters*

1st 
Chair
 Sponsor
­
 $300

‐ 10 
tickets
‐ Program
 Listing


Patron 
­
$100

‐ 3 
tickets

‐ Program 
Listing

 




To 
become 
a 
sponsor 
please
 email 
Pati 
at 
crofutp@aol.com
*Sponsorship 
must
 be 
received 
by
 November 
9,
 2012