April 26, 2020
Update from Music Director Dr. Anne Lundy and Acting Managing Director Mr. Ron Scales about the Community Music Center of Houston.
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We, the directors of Community Music Center of Houston (CMCH), along with the staff, regular volunteers and board members, know that your lives, like ours, have been deeply affected by the COVID-19 situation. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Currently, all Saturday classes, recitals and concerts are still cancelled until further notice, with the exception of online violin and viola classes taught by Dr. Anne Lundy. If you would like to enroll your child in the remote-learning program please email us at email@example.com or call us at 713-523-9710.
We currently are not able to determine if the Summer Youth Music camp will happen. Also, we are unsure when the Family Funk Fest originally scheduled at Miller Outdoor Theatre for July 5 will occur.
We close with reflections on the unique contribution of two towering figures in CMCH history that Houston recently lost, Bubbha Thomas and Eugene Foney.
Bubbha Thomas passed away on March 28, 2020. This Houston legend was the founder of Jazz Education Inc., a renowned Houston musician and music educator for almost 50 years. Bubbha educated generations of young musicians through the Summer Jazz Workshop and the Music in the Schools Jazz & Poetry program. He proclaimed August is Jazz month in Houston and established the Houston International Jazz Festival and the Annual Mayor’s Scholarship Jazz Brunch. The Community Music Center of Houston (CMCH) and Bubbha Thomas go way back together. For a brief time, Jazz Education Inc. was located in the CMCH Almeda building and held performances in our auditorium. Bubbha invited CMCH’s big band under the direction of James Williams to perform at the inaugural Houston International Jazz Festival. CMCH and Jazz Education Inc. collaborated on many programs throughout the years including the aforementioned Music in the Schools Jazz & Poetry program.
Eugene Foney passed away on April 7, 2020. A celebrated art consultant, art dealer, publisher, entrepreneur, and businessman, Eugene championed African American artists and culture throughout the United States. We at CMCH referred to Eugene as the great mediator as he was a major reason Dr. Anne Lundy and Mr. Ron Scales, CMCH music director and acting executive director, respectively, worked through our differences throughout the years. He helped resolve internal issues and shape one of the greatest art organizations duos in the country. Very instrumental in our fundraising, he introduced CMCH to Dr. John Biggers who in turn supported CMCH through donations of his artworks for CMCH auction sales. Eugene also represented CMCH at many events and workshops throughout the country when we ourselves could not.
We offer our deepest condolences to the Foney and Thomas families.
INFORMATION BELOW THAT MAY INTEREST YOU
Funding support for artists and arts workers may be applied for through the Greater Houston Area Arts Relief Fund, https://www.houstonartsalliance.com/. Applications accepted through May 31. If you can, please make a donation to the fund. Also, if you wish to directly help CMCH, you can make donations to CMCH at https://www.cmchouston.org/donate.
Thank you for your continued support through these challenging times and we look forward to providing you with our full music program range once this COVID-19 crisis has passed.
Dr. Anne Lundy and Mr. Ron Scales,
Music Director and Acting executive Director
Community Music Center of Houston
The preservation, appreciation and performance of music that reflects black music traditions.