The Music Boosters is a Seton parent led organization thats supports the continued growth and success of the Elizabeth Seton High School Music Program. The Music Boosters provides financial assistance to Seton's Music Program to help with music/instrument purchases, festival registration fees, transportation to and from special events, instrument repair, music/voice lessons, and other music-related expenses as necessary.
To support operations, a $100 per student fee is assessed annually as a part of the Seton fees in the enrollment/registration agreement. Beginning this school year (2018-2019), every student enrolled in the music program must also commit to a fundraising minimum of $100. Students who take private music lessons and would like to participate in the Music Boosters Lesson Reimbursement Program must fundraise a minimum of $150. Click here for the Music Boosters Fundraising Requirement Form.
Parent Volunteer Opportunities
Through Music Boosters, parents have an opportunity to take part in the life of the school and to fulfill volunteer hours. For a list of volunteer opportunities please look for the SignUp Genius invitations that will be sent to you from the Music Boosters throughout the school year. Examples of parent volunteer opportunities through Music Boosters include helping with Dance Marathon, serving as ushers during performances, or working concessions during events at FedEx Field.
To help students and parents fulfill the fundraising requirement, the Music Boosters offers multiple ways for students to raise funds throughout the school year:
Dance Marathon: The Dance Marathon is the main fundraiser for the Music Department and is held annually in November. The Dance Marathon is a four-hour, fun-filled, mandatory event during which students stay on their feet through dancing, games and entertainment in order to celebrate their total amount raised. This year, the event will take place on November 10th from 6:30-10:30 p.m., with an arrival time of 6 p.m. Secure donations can be made by clicking here.
Panera Bread Dough for Funds: The Music Boosters is excited to be participating in Panera Bread Dough for Funds. This fundraiser involves the sale of two types of Panera Bread coupon strips featuring a variety of baked goods. Each coupon strip costs $10, which is discounted approximately 50% from retail value. The coupon strips make great gifts and may be redeemed in Maryland locations. Simply present the coupon(s) at the neighborhood bakery-café and receive the delicious fresh-baked goods listed on the coupon. Additional information will be available in January 2019.
Direct Donations/Solicitations: Parents and students can also seek direct donations from family, friends, neighbors, Seton Alumnae, businesses, and other community partners interested in making a tax deductible contribution to the Seton music program. A sample solicitation letter can be provided. Direct donations can also be made by parents to help students meet the minimum fundraising requirement. Secure donations can be made by clicking here.
Other Fundraisers Sponsored by the Music Boosters:
Students and parents can also help the Music Boosters support the music program by participating in the following fundraisers that contribute to the overall operations of the Music Boosters, but not specifically used for the parental/students fundraising requirement.
FedEx Field Concession Stand: The Music Boosters operates a concession stand at FedEx Field, including during all Washington Redskins home games, to help raise funds for the music program. In order to take full advantage of this profitable partnership, a large pool of committed volunteers willing to work concession at FedEX Field during the Redskins home games is required. Anyone over the age of 16 can volunteer, including family and friends of Seton. Parent volunteers earn 9 parent service hours per game/event. It's a great way to get most of the mandatory parent service hours completed while contributing to the growth of the Seton music program! Any parent or student over the age of 16 interested in volunteering can click here to sign up to volunteer to work concession at FedEx field on behalf of the Music Boosters.
Dress Garment Bags: Garment bags to cover performance dresses and to ease transport are available for purchase by students in the choral and instrumental programs. The cost is $10.00 per bag. Garment bags can be purchased directly from the music teachers or by submission of an order form. Click here to download the order form and return it to the music teachers.
Music Lesson Reimbursement
Seton music students (vocal and instrumental) who take private music lessons are eligible to receive partial reimbursement for music lesson fees, whether lessons take place on campus or in a private studio. Please download the Music Lesson Reimbursement Form to request reimbursement. Forms must be completely filled out and signed by Dr. Tatum (instrumental music students) or Dr. Vadala (choral music students) and the private instructor for approval. Click here for the Lesson Reimbursement form. Reimbursement is capped at $20 per lesson and the number of lessons for each quarter:
- 1st quarter - 5 lesson reimbursements
- 2nd quarter - 7 lesson reimbursements
- 3rd quarter - 7 lesson reimbursements
- 4th quarter - 5 lesson reimbursements
Due dates for the forms to be completed and turned in to Dr. Tatum or Dr. Vadala are:
- 1st Quarter: November 1
- 2nd Quarter: January 29
- 3rd Quarter: April 2
- 4th Quarter: June 4
Music Boosters Meeting Announcements
All parents/families of music students (instrumental and vocal) are invited to attend the Music Boosters general body and Board meetings. Families will receive 1 parent service hour for attendance. The Music Boosters generally meet the first Wednesday of each month during the school year and once over the summer. The meeting schedule for the 2018-2019 school year is as follows:
- Wednesday, September 5 (Board)
- Wednesday, October 3 (General Body)
- Wednesday, November 7 (Board)
- Wednesday, December 5 (Board)
- Wednesday, January 9 (Board)
- Wednesday, February 6 (General Body)
- Wednesday, March 6 (Board)
- Wednesday, April 3 (Board)
- Wednesday, May 8 (General Body)
- Wednesday, July 10 (Board)
Some Board meetings may be via conference call. All meetings begin at 7:00 pm, unless otherwise noted, in the Band/Instrumental Music Room in the Brooks Center. You may enter the Band Room from the outside by using the path between the main school building (cafeteria side) and the Brooks Center that leads to the field. You will find the door on the right side as you walk toward the field.
As funding permits, the Music Boosters sponsors a picnic in May of each year on the Thursday following Baccalaureate. It is an annual picnic celebrating the achievements of the music program and its students. All music students and affiliated staff are invited to attend.
Music Boosters Officers
President: Vacant (Artensie Flowers, Acting)
Vice President: Renee Coles
Co-Secretaries: (1) Eileen Lillis and (2) vacant
Co- Treasurers: (1) Artensie Flowers and (2) vacant