An Update from...

February 2015                                                          Vol. 3, No. 1

We're off to an exciting start in 2015, heading in new directions, creating new initiatives, and forging new partnerships.  
Keep reading to learn about all the new things for this new year.


We'll be expanding our popular Summer Musical Theatre Workshop for Young People this year from two weeks to three weeks!


Responding to the needs to devote more in-depth time for our young participants to creating stories, incorporating more movement, and developing their acting technique, we're adding an additional 5 days to the program.  This will allow returning and more advanced students opportunities to work more intensively and build on the skills they've already developed. First time and beginning students will be able to build the fundamentals in a better fashion, too.


We will also be adding more instructors this year who will help meet some needs we've observed and that have been expressed by our students and their parents through our evaluation forms and in one-on-one conversations.


This will move us closer to realizing one of the foundation's core objectives -- "expanding the vision and abilities of young artists by encouraging them to learn about and experience a cross-section of artistic activities in disciplines outside their primary areas of interest". 


For more on our multi-disciplinary approach to arts education, see our ongoing blog entries, starting with this one.


For more on how our Summer Musical Theatre Workshop works, including some great photos, click here.




A never-before-performed musical work of Earl Wentz, "Ladies of the South Shore" will receive its world premiere in the Boston area this fall.


"Ladies of the South Shore" is a one-hour work for ten musicians, playing a number of different instruments, and is a collection of twelve tone poems Earl created about some of the fascinating ladies he met or worked with during his 13 seasons at the South Shore Conservatory of Music in Hingham, Massachusetts.


Full details will be released later so stay tuned and know that this is an exciting development in our work that will bring one of Earl's many wonderful musical compositions to life!




New York's Sheryl Fields, who performed in many of Earl Wentz's American Composer Series performances will help relaunch the series in 2015.  While all the details are still being finalized, let's rejoice that this incredible project created by Earl to pay tribute to America's greatest composers of popular music will not be lost.  Using the same musical arrangements, concepts, and staging created by Earl Wentz (owned by and in the care of William Watkins, Wenhelm Productions, and Sixpence, Inc.), initial performances will be for the benefit of The Earl Wentz and William Watkins Foundation, who will also co-produce the first show.


We'll be announcing the show and all the performance details in June!


Click these links for more information on The American Composer Series and to read a brief bio of Sheryl Fields (scroll on that page's menu to "The Company" link). 



It's February and romance is in the air!  What better way to get you and your sweetie in that Valentine's Day mood than the beautiful piano music of Earl Wentz playing the music of Cole Porter? 

Benefit the foundation and get a Valentine's Day treat with this award-winning CD.


New York-based music publisher and producer Sixpence, Inc. has a special offer until February 11 only that will help The Earl Wentz and William Watkins Foundation while bringing gorgeous music to you and those you love. 


The CD is Earl's award-winning  "What Is This Thing...? Earl Wentz Plays Love Songs of Cole Porter".  "What Is This Thing . . . ?" contains 12 recordings of Earl Wentz's arrangements of some of Porter's most exciting melodies.  This CD was named as one of the best of 2012 by Talkin' BroadwayIt's lush, it's romantic. It's delightful, it's delovely!

Just enter the coupon code Valentine2015 when you order from the Sixpence, Inc. online store for The Earl Wentz and William Watkins Foundation using this link: "What Is This Thing . . . ? Earl Wentz Plays Love Songs of Cole Porter".  You'll get $5.00 off the regular purchase price, plus free shipping by USPS first-class mail.

Rather donate that $5.00 to the foundation? Just purchase the CD through the same link  now through February 11th and do not enter the coupon code. Sixpence, Inc. will then donate that $5.00 to The Earl Wentz and William Watkins Foundation!!!

Order now and receive the CD in time for Valentine's Day.
Great music from Earl Wentz and Sixpence, Inc. for you. For the one you love. For Valentine's Day. For all time.


Now you can support The Earl Wentz and William Watkins Foundation while conducting online shopping and auctions. Just use one of these sites and designate The Earl Wentz and William Watkins Foundation as your charity of choice and a donation will be made to the foundation.


Use AmazonSmile and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to The Earl Wentz and William Watkins Foundation whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.


Buy or sell on eBay with the eBay Giving Works program. Sellers: Just designate The Earl Wentz and William Watkins Foundation to receive 10 - 100% of your final sale price the next time you list something great.
Charity listings often get more bids and higher prices than regular eBay listings. Boost your sales and support our work while you're at it! Plus eBay gives back to you too, with a fee credit on your basic selling fees.

Use as your regular search engine, choose "Earl Wentz and William Watkins Foundation" as the charity to support and every search you make will result in a donation to our foundation.
Visit before you shop online, choose "Earl Wentz and William Watkins Foundation" as your charity and a portion of the proceeds generated by your purchase will be donated to our foundation. GoodShop works with 5,000+ stores to provide deals and coupons.
Shop for Earl Wentz music and CDs at Sixpence, Inc.'s online store for The Earl Wentz and William Watkins Foundation and a portion of every purchase you make will be donated to the foundation.


Hooray!  Now you can take advantage of the easiest way to give to The Earl Wentz and William Watkins Foundation by setting up a recurring payment so you can help without having to remember each week or month.  This also helps us develop our budgets better, knowing your gift is on its way.

A recurring gift allows you to give a particular sum at regular intervals you choose.

You set up the recurring gift just one time, indicating 
  • how much money you wish to contribute,
  • how often you wish to contribute that sum,
  • and how many times you wish to contribute that sum.

You can also designate your contribution to support a particular aspect of our work if you choose.  (Donations will go to the foundation's general fund unless you designate otherwise.)


To make a recurring donation, simply click here to go to our "Donations" page, choose your options from the drop-down menus, and click the "Donate" button below.

Gifts are processed through PayPal's secure web site, using industry-standard encryption. You may use a major credit card or bank transfer. (Bank transfers require your bank account to be linked to your PayPal account.)


Thank you for giving!


The Earl Wentz and William Watkins Foundation is qualified as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Federal Tax ID #:  46-1415914.

Contributions to The Earl Wentz and William Watkins Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Just click the "Donate" button to make your contribution now.
Contributions to the Foundation support our mission in creating the kind of outstanding programs you've read about above.
Our fundraising goal for 2015 is $10,000.  

Board of Directors:  
William Watkins - Chairman;
Loretta Washam - Secretary; Russell Norris -Treasurer;
Peggy Larkin Kelly; Robert Rutt
And don't forget our twice-monthly blog with more in-depth information on our educational approaches, interactive exercises and surveys, photographs, and commentaries on the arts and the business thereof.
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