Underwritten by Zeswitz Music, Operation Replay recycles donated band, orchestra, and percussion instruments as well as guitars and keyboards. Now in its 17th year, “Operation Replay” gathers quality used instruments, pays for their cleaning and repair, and places them with children who cannot afford rental fees or the extra expense of a “step-up” instrument. Over 1,500 instruments have been placed through Operation Replay since its inception in 2001.
For families in need of an Operation Replay instrument: your school music teacher must recommend you for an instrument through Operation Replay. If there is one immediately available, it will be placed with you right away. Otherwise, you will go on a waiting list for an upcoming repair or donation.
For individuals/families looking to donate an instrument: All string, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments are welcome. Keyboards are also welcome, but we are unable to accept pianos or organs. If you would like to make a donation, please contact the RMF office at (610) 376-3395 or email Keri Shultz, RMF President. Instruments may also be dropped off at the RMF Office, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington Street, Suite 503, Reading, on Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Have a piano to donate? If your instrument has been well-maintained (regular tuning, etc.), there is a good chance we may be able to help you find a local student who is need of a quality instrument. If you don’t know the last time your instrument was tuned, need to move it immediately (within a week or so), or if the instrument has been subject to drastic temperature changes or humidity changes, we will be unable to help you place the instrument. If you think your instrument would qualify as a quality donation, please send as much information (manufacturer, maintenance history, etc.), photos of the instrument, and your contact information to Keri Shultz, RMF President. We will forward that information to our network of area piano teachers. Interested students will understand that they will be responsible for moving the instrument, and will contact you directly.
Borrow a Harpsichord!
Purchased through the Kathleen and Karin Reinsel Early Instrument Fund of the Reading Musical Foundation, this Roland C-30 digital harpsichord produces centuries-old harpsichord sounds capable of switching between French and Flemish Harpsichord styles and Baroque and French Baroque pitch. The gift is designed to increase the breadth of repertoire within the churches’ music programs and local concerts, in particular allowing for the inclusion of Baroque-style musical selections.
The instrument is available at no cost to Berks County churches, music organizations, and schools who wish to feature the instrument as part of your music programming. Please contact RMF’s office to make your request or for more information.
Grant for Music Programs
RMF’s Outreach Committee awards multiple grants annually for projects that fall outside of RMF’s annual appropriation window for grants. The committee encourages individuals and organizations to apply for funding up to $1,000 if their project focuses on any of the following:
- Makes music-making more accessible
- Serves genres underrepresented in RMF’s other funding (particularly folk music, world music, instruments not typically found in school music programs, and music therapy)
RMF will not consider grants that request:
- Programs outside of Berks County
- Funds that will most likely ultimately leave Berks County (example, programs that purposely do not hire Berks County musicians, etc.)
- Funds to hire musicians for fundraisers
- Funds for research grants
If you think you have a good idea for a program, please send a RFP to RMF describing the scope of your program. If you have applied for special project in the past, or have been invited to apply for a special project, download the RMF Outreach Committee Special Project Grant here.
Help Finding a Music Teacher
Berks County is fortunate to have dozens of excellent private music instructors. Because the relationship between a student and teacher is unique and personal, we do not recommend individual music teachers, but can you provide you with a list of teachers in your area. We encourage you to contact each of the teachers and choose one you feel is the best fit for you or your child.
RMF offers four kinds of scholarships to Berks County students and residents:
- Merit awards by audition for Berks County students in grades 1-12
- Need-sensitive awards for Berks County students in grades 1-12 for private music lessons and instrument upgrades (vocal awards available in grades 7-12 only)
- Need-sensitive awards for Berks County students to attend summer music camp (funds may be used at any summer music camp)
- Private study awards for adults who wish to study organ, folk music (acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, etc.), or early instruments (recorder, harpsichord, harp, etc.).
For more information visit the RMF Scholarship Page.
Find an Accompanist
If you need an accompanist for an upcoming audition or recording, here is a list of area accompanists: https://www.readingmusicteachers.org/find-a-teacher/need-an-accompanist.html
Music Advocacy Efforts
RMF’s Advocacy Page has tremendous resources including links for national statistics, articles, and organizations that quantify and qualify the importance of music education.
If you need localized support for music advocacy efforts, please contact RMF’s Music Education Advisor, Mike Buterbaugh, at firstname.lastname@example.org.