Spring 2017
President’s Message

Summer is here again, and if you are in the neighborhood try to see a concert this summer. You can email the camp to get the dates and times for the events.

Many thanks to all of you who have donated to our scholarship fund. What is amazing to me is the number of families in need. Many of them have incomes that make supporting the cost of a music camp almost impossible; however, they seem to (with your donations) find a way to keep music a part of their children’s lives.

We organize our process into two committees who review the applications and listen to the recordings. It takes about four to five hours to go through all the applications. After that, we try to match funds with the cost of the individual sessions and the needs of the applicants. Sadly, we always have more applicants than we can fund.

As I am writing this newsletter, I am substituting at Stanford Middle School for the instrumental music teacher. They just had their last performance of the school year. The students are creating their own musical compositions in class. The rule for this activity is that they have to include harmony in their compositions. The students are working in groups, and they must be ready to perform their compositions on the day of their final.

On the wall in the band room are pictures of Stanford music teachers including Dr. Pappone from 1954- 1956, Herb Berger 1956-1972, Bill Mills 1972-1989, Bill Chavez 1989-1991, Marvin Newman 1991-1998, Marge Stettbacher 1998-2000, and Stephanie Crlenica Carter 2000-2010. The current teacher is Liz Brinker. She has worked at Arrowbear as a conductor too. What an amazing group of music educators. Our students are very lucky to have such dedicated people who contributed to their music educations.

I hope all is well and that you have a fun and exciting summer. (I’m retired, so it’s always summer for me.)

 

 

Clifford Kusaba

 

 

President


Fall 2016
President’s Message

As the holiday season approaches, I hope that everything is well with you and your family. Our organization awards scholarships only because of your generous support. You helped over fifty students last summer. Most of them could not have attended a summer music camp without your help. Arrowbear Music Associates is a non-profit scholarship corporation. This Newsletter is our main source of raising funds for our summer scholarships.

I want to express my sincere appreciation for all of you who attended our Reunion fundraising event at Arrowbear on September 4. Also, a special thank you to the conductors and those who volunteered to help with all the things that go on behind the scenes during the event. The main purpose of this event was to raise funds for our scholarship program. This event was also a way to thank those of you who have donated to our scholarships over the past five years. We did try something different; most of the pre-Reunion activities were done on Facebook. I would like to know if that was something that you liked and want us to continue to use for more information on our future activities. Many, many thanks to our Planning Committee. They spent almost a year working on the Reunion. Also, a big thank you to Arrowbear and Dennis, Larke, and Breck for letting us converge upon the Camp for the weekend.

The day of the Reunion is always a special time for us to gather together to renew friendships and reminisce about Arrowbear. This Reunion we had our largest turnout of alumni that I can remember. My highlight of the day was the time we spent taking the Decade pictures. We had campers from every decade of Arrowbear including present-day campers and staff. It seemed as if there were dozens of people taking pictures of each decade group with their own cell phones. These photos will be posted on our website at www.arrowbearmusicassoc.org along with the Reunion photo of everyone who was there that morning. Thanks to everyone who joined one of the performing groups or participated in the Chamber Music; it was an incredible sight to see and hear the groups rehearse and perform all in the same day.

We may provide the time, place, and some activities, but as soon as all of you arrive, the Reunion takes on a life of its own. For those who attended the Reunion or posted photos on Facebook, thanks for allowing us all to be a camper, counselor, or staff member just one more time.
 

 

 

Clifford Kusaba

 

 

President


Spring 2016
President’s Message

Our 75th Reunion fundraiser is just around the corner at the end of the summer. This spring the Reunion Committee has been planning for the event. It’s going to be great fun. You don’t want to miss out. Be sure to mark the date on your calendar now. Contact your Arrowbear friends on social media and make sure they’re planning to come as well. The date is Sunday, September 4, 2016. Our theme is “75 Years of Friendship, Music, and Harmony.” The Reunion Orchestra will have four conductors: Stacy Burcham, Shelly Burger, Val Jamora, and myself. Carole Dyer will direction the Reunion Choir. We will honor Charlotte Brejcha Schaffner, Ellen Schinnerer Deffner, and Sarah Solberg on our “Wall of Fame” for their contributions to Arrowbear. I hope that you can make it to the Reunion. If you can’t, please send us a memory you have of one of the people we are honoring so we can share it with everyone during the Reunion.

The day will be similar to past Reunions. In addition to the Reunion Orchestra, we are planning to have a brass choir and choral selections for our Choral alumni and for those of you who don’t play your instrument anymore.

Tentative Schedule
8:00 - 10:00 Registration and breakfast
10:00 Photo - so it can be printed and returned to us by the afternoon
10:30 - 12:30 Orchestra and Choral Rehearsal
12:30 - 2:30 Lunch, camp singing, awarding of Hall of Fame plaques
2:30 - 5:00 Free time to visit – optional chamber groups and brass choir rehearsals
5:00 Concert
6:30 Dinner

You’re welcome to come into camp on Saturday afternoon and sleep overnight. You can stay until 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 5, if you wish. The accommodations at camp are just as you remember them, but there are a number of motels in the vicinity if you’re not up to staying in camp. We do caution you that it is Labor Day weekend and likely to be busy for the motels. We’ll put out a list of contact numbers for lodging on our website.

For your donation we will provide a Reunion picture, a Reunion Note, and lunch. We are going to offer a Henley-style shirt for both men and women. A small Reunion logo will be on the upper pocket area. These will be available by pre-order for a small additional donation to cover the cost of the shirts. Limited numbers of additional shirts will be available on the day of the Reunion. Your best bet is to pre-order so you know you’ll get the size you want. The camp will provide breakfast and dinner for an appropriate donation, or you can eat out of camp. It would be great if you could pre-register as soon as you know your plans for the summer. This will help us order the food and the shirts as well as copies of the music.

This Reunion is our major fundraiser. We appreciate all the support that you have given us in the past. It is only because of your generosity that we can help so many students who could not otherwise afford to attend camp. We’re excited to announce that we have awarded 55 scholarships totalling $48,597 for this coming summer. That is twice as much in scholarships as five years ago. I want to thank the members of our Scholarship Committee for their hard work listening to the tapes and reading the applications. Thanks to all of you who donated to our scholarship fund this past year. You do make a difference.

We’re trying to set it up on our website (arrowbearmusicassoc.org) so you have the option to register for the Reunion online using PayPal. You can still send in your registration by mail as well. The form is included with this Newsletter. We’ll keep updating info about the Reunion on our website and Facebook throughout the summer including motels, a map to Arrowbear, and even a link so you can print out your music and practice before the big day. Please send the addresses of alumni by email to LKusaba@sbcglobal.net. We need help spreading the date of the Reunion so no one is left out who’d like to attend. Talk to your friends and get them to come!

 

 

Clifford Kusaba

 

 

President

Fall 2015
President’s Message

Greetings to our Winter newsletter. Arrowbear Music Associates is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing scholarships for young people to attend a summer music camp. Many, many thanks to those of you who have supported our organization with your generous donations. In this newsletter, we have information about our upcoming 75th Reunion. This fundraising event will take place on Labor Day weekend in 2016.

We are now in our 30th year. It does not seem that long ago that Luanne Langevin Olson gathered a small group of us to create a scholarship corporation. We were fortunate to have the money generated by the Benefit Concert held at Long Beach City College to get us started. We have provided more than 600 scholarships during our 30 years thanks to all of you who donate. I would like to also thank our Board of Directors for all their guidance and the trust they put in me to keep our efforts alive. Over the years, our alumni from Arrowbear have gone on to perform in major symphony orchestras, sing in professional opera companies, and perform in choral groups throughout the United States and Europe, even participating in many local community ensembles. Many alumni have become music educators who prepare the next generation of musicians. I believe that our scholarships have played a part in keeping music alive in our schools.

Arrowbear Music Associates is non-profit. Our major expense is our newsletter and the paperwork associated with our scholarship process. Because of this, we are able to use most of your donations for scholarships to deserving students. Every year our Scholarship Committee spends many hours listening to tapes and reading the applications. I want to thank them for all their efforts in making decisions that are not easy to make. It’s difficult to turn away a young musician who is hoping for a scholarship.

We have registered for Amazon Smile. If you make a purchase from Amazon using this site, our organization will get a percentage of your purchase. Please consider doing this; any amount is helpful.

I hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday season, and I hope to see many of you at our 75th Reunion.

 

 

Clifford Kusaba

 

 

President


Spring 2015
President’s Message

As summer begins, I want to thank you for the support you have given to our scholarship program. Your donations have helped numerous students attend a summer music camp who otherwise would not be able to have the same experience that most of us had. The scholarship application letters we receive make it clear the magic of Arrowbear is still alive and well and having a life-changing positive effect on young musicians. Many thanks to our Scholarship Committee members who spent several hours listening to tapes and reading the applications. We are a non-profit organization and your donations are tax deductible. Any donation in any amount is appreciated.

Next summer will be Arrowbear’s 75th Reunion celebration. This event is a major fund raiser for our organization. We will begin planning this summer for next year’s event. One of my goals for this Reunion is to celebrate the women who were an important part of Arrowbear. On a sad note, one of those women, Charlotte Brejcha Schaffner, passed away this spring. She was on the Staff at the beginning of camp in 1942. The tentative date for the Reunion will probably be the Labor Day weekend of September 3-4, 2016. We will need your help with notifying everyone you can. A Reunion Committee will be formed this summer to coordinate and plan the Reunion. We will need help organizing registration, music for the orchestra and choir, parking, deciding on the schedule, and using Facebook and other social media to advertise, along with many other tasks. If you are willing to help with some aspect of the Reunion, please contact me by email at CKusaba5254@sbcglobal.net.

If you are able, I would recommend that you visit Arrowbear this summer. They have a full summer program that includes Jazz, Choral, and Instrumental sessions. I hope you have a great summer, and many thanks for taking the time to support our organization.

 

 

Clifford Kusaba

 

 

President


Fall 2014
President’s Message

Welcome to the winter edition of our Newsletter. Our organization is able to award scholarships only because of your generous support. You helped over fifty students last summer. Most of them could not have attended a summer music camp without your help. Arrowbear Music Associates is a non-profit scholarship corporation. This Newsletter is our main source of raising funds for our summer scholarships.

Last summer I again helped out at the chamber week during the Advanced Session at Arrowbear. The groups worked for two days on a selection and then performed it. Then they worked on a different selection the next two days and performed again. I met several of our scholarship recipients during the week. They were all very appreciative of the scholarships they received. It was great to watch them work in their ensembles. They learned how to be truly responsible for covering a part on their own. It required a higher level of teamwork and built confidence in all of them. As you know, playing in a small ensemble is different than playing in a full band or orchestra. It’s a great opportunity that they often don’t have anywhere else. A surprising number of the scholarship kids don’t have music programs in their schools. They have to play in outside groups after their school day. That’s why the chance to attend a summer program is so crucial and important to them.

Music is an important part of all of us. It keeps many students in school. It is something that connects us together all of our lives. It is something we pass on to our children, and it is a lot of fun. Summer music camps really help develop musicianship in our young students. Thank you for all your support. You do make a difference.

 I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

 

 

Clifford Kusaba

 

 

President


Spring 2014
President’s Message

Welcome to our spring and summer fundraising newsletter. Thank you for all your generous donations this past year. We only exist because of your support. This summer we were able to help most of the students who asked us for a scholarship. We were disappointed that we didn’t get any choral applications this year. Choral campers, don’t forget that we can help you attend Arrowbear too!

We just completed awarding scholarships for the 2014 summer and finalized our Scholarship List. I want to thank the Scholarship Committee for all their hard work in listening to the audition tapes and reading through all the recommendations. We usually divide the committee up between the strings and winds. This is a difficult and time consuming process. It then takes us another week to divide up the money we have raised for the year and prepare congrats and regrets letters for all the applicants. We always ask the recipients to write a thank you letter to the Alumni and Friends of Arrowbear – in other words, all of you. We’ve included several in the newsletter to share with you.

The beginning of summer always brings back memories of my years as a camper and staff member of Arrowbear. It is hard to believe that my first time at Arrowbear was in the late 1960s. I never would have believed way back then that I would still be involved with the camp after all these years. Last summer, I participated as a coach during the middle Chamber Week at the Advanced Session. It was great to truly be a part of the camp again even for just a few days.

On a sad note, Akira Endo passed away this spring. I spoke to his wife Keiko; she said he passed away peacefully with his family at his side. I will always cherish the time I spent with him at Arrowbear over several summers.

The 75th Reunion will be in the summer of 2016. That’s only two years away. I will be creating a Reunion Committee in the fall of 2015. If you are interested, I will ask for volunteers next spring. I would like to focus on the women who were a part of camp, and if you have names or memories, please send them to me.

I hope you have a great summer and are able to visit Arrowbear.

 

 

Clifford Kusaba

 

 

President


Fall 2013
President’s Message

Many thanks to all those of you who support our organization. The money we raise helps dozens of students have a summer musical experience that probably wouldn’t happen without your help. Arrowbear Associates is a non-profit organization that provides scholarships for young people to attend a summer music camp. We rely solely on your donations from our fall and spring newsletters to fund our scholarships.

The scholarship process starts early next year beginning with the scholarship applications being posted in February. Once the applications are received, two committees spend several hours listening and reviewing the applications. They prioritize the applicants based on merit and need. I want to thank them for their dedication and time. The last part of the process is awarding the scholarships and deciding how much each applicant needs to ensure they can attend a music camp. This is the most difficult part of the process because we have more applicants than we have funds, but we give out as many scholarships as possible given the donations we receive from our fundraising. Many of the families who apply are in serious need of help; their children will not be able to have the same musical experiences that most of us had when we were their age without your assistance.

You can see for yourself the excitement and gratitude the recipients feel when they learn they will receive a scholarship. We’ve included some of their thank you letters for you to enjoy. After all, the thank you letters are really addressed to all of you who donate to the scholarship funds. We provide the mechanics behind the scholarship process, but you are the ones who make it possible through your donations. We can’t thank you enough. We’ll let the recipients tell you what a difference it makes for them.

 

 

Clifford Kusaba

 

 

President


Spring 2013
President’s Message

As summer approaches, I hope that you some fun travel plans. Thank you to all of those who have donated to our scholarship funds. Your generous donations help many young people attend summer music camps. Many of these students would never have the experience without your help.

We had 87 requests for scholarships, and we always try to help as many students as possible. Our Scholarship Committee spent an entire Saturday listening to all the tapes and reading the applications. I want to thank them for all the hard work and time they put into this task.

Just a follow up on the Long Beach City College Orchestra; it seems that the program is restored for now. Thanks to those who supported our efforts to save the program. It is now the “LBCC Symphony Orchestra” that utilizes community support. It’s no longer the LBCC Community Orchestra. Semantics aside, there will still be an evening orchestra where the community can join in. That’s what is most important.

If you are in the neighborhood this summer, Arrowbear Music Camp still runs a full summer program. Check out their summer schedule and, if possible, attend one of the concerts. You can email Dennis about visiting during a rehearsal or other activity.

On a personal note, I have decided to retire after 33 years in education as a teacher. At this time, I plan on continuing with the Arrowbear Associates and maybe playing my violin more often. Other than that, I have no plans except to enjoy not working full time anymore! I hope you have a relaxing and fun summer.

 

 

Clifford Kusaba

 

 

President


Fall 2012
President’s Message

Welcome to our fall edition of the newsletter. This last summer we gave the out the most money in scholarships ever in our history as an organization. Many thanks to those of you who give to our various scholarship funds. Your generous donations have helped hundreds of young people who would not have the opportunity to attend a summer music camp. Arrowbear and the other music camps are the training grounds for our future musicians and music supporters. Mr. Ohlendorf told me once that the reason our country has so many great symphony orchestras is because of the musical experiences provided by our schools and summer programs. I know that Arrowbear helped to mold me so that I still perform with the Symphony Orchestra at Long Beach City College. Sadly, the Dean and other leaders of LBCC want to eliminate the evening orchestra to get rid of the adults who perform and mentor the students who are music majors. The focus is on getting students in, out, and ready to transfer within two years. They don’t want the community coming and taking up seats by repeating classes again and again. The orchestra will still exist, but the school will not let the conductor hold the class in the evening. This is their way of getting rid of the community members who have played in the group for years. The sad part is that without the adults, they will not have a full symphony orchestra unless they hire musicians to fill in the gaps. We aren’t taking up “seats” and preventing student musicians from being in the group. We help fill out the sections so the student musicians can have the experience of playing orchestral literature. We’re hoping that the voices of the community can make a difference by us contacting the City College Board and Academic Senate. What a shame that it’s numbers in a ledger that bureaucrats look at instead of the people and the heart of the community the college is here to serve.

 

 

Clifford Kusaba

 

 

President


Spring 2012
President’s Message

It’s almost summer again! I hope that if you are in the neighborhood, you can take the time to visit Arrowbear. They generally have a concert on the last day of the session. Some sessions have additional concerts depending upon the session. There are also some dates listed in the newsletter if you have the time to help with Camp clean-up to prepare Camp for the first session. Be sure to let Larke know you plan to come up and help.

It’s hard to believe that the 70th Reunion was last August. I am already thinking about the next Reunion which will be four years from now in 2016. It will be the 75th Reunion. My idea is to celebrate the women who were prominent at Arrowbear. If you have names and any background or biographical information, please send them to me. It isn’t too early to start collecting your suggestions for which women we should recognize for their contributions to Camp.

I thank all of you who have donated so generously to our scholarship fund. Your contributions have made it possible for us to send hundreds of students to Camp whose families could not afford the cost of going to a summer music camp. This year we awarded 59 full and partial scholarships for a total of $36,360. This is the most we have ever given out. It is all due to you. We received several phone calls in April from people who wanted to know if it was too late to donate for the coming summer. Other alumni answered our call to them when we asked for help for a few more student musicians. Your generosity is amazing. We’ll publish some of the thank you letters we’ve received from the scholarship winners. Their appreciation to all of you is very heartwarming to read. I sincerely thank you all for your willingness to help students enjoy Arrowbear.

 

 

Clifford Kusaba

 

 

President


Fall 2011
President’s Message

Happy Holidays everyone! Many thanks to all who attended our 70th Reunion, and I hope that everyone enjoyed themselves. It was one of the largest groups that we’ve had for our reunion fundraisers. There were alumni from every decade of camp. It was a beautiful day, even when it started to sprinkle after the rehearsal. What did we play? The Sibelius Symphony #2 of course! I would also like to thank the Reunion Committee for all the work they did to make this event a success: Jeff Haberman, Dolores Toth, Kate Conroy Hernandez, David James, Jim Garrecht, Stephanie Crlenica Carter, Ken Olson, Jean Mahnken Predergast , Kirk Watilo, and Laura Dean Kusaba. They took care of everything from the registration, shirts, copying music, parking and many other jobs that had to be done. Also thanks to Dennis, Breck, and Larke Dockstader for all their help getting the Camp set up for us to be there. We also had several campers and current counselors who volunteered to help with parking, clean up, cooking and other jobs needed. Personally, I am grateful that so many of you are able to come back and relive memories. There is a contact list with everyone who attended the reunion included with the newsletter.

Our organization appreciates your generous support for our scholarship funds. We have been able to send many students to music camp who would not be able to attend. Arrowbear still runs a full summer of sessions along with other music camps that still offer sessions in the summer. As reported at the reunion, we are an all volunteer organization. The Board and Scholarship and Reunion committees do not receive any compensation for their time. Our major cost is our newsletter and printing of scholarship materials. Again thank you for all your support and I hope that you have a wonderful holiday season.

 

 

 

 

Clifford Kusaba

 

 

President


Spring 2011
President’s Message

This is the time of the year I really start to think about summer. I want to thank those of you who have donated to our scholarship fund. We had a dramatic increase in applicants this spring, and we helped as many as we could. I also want to thank the members of our Scholarship Committee and Reunion Committee for all their hard work.

The 70th Reunion is approaching fast. The date is Sunday, September 4, 2011. Our theme is “70 Years of Mountain Air Magic.” I am pleased to announce that Roger Johnson will conduct the Reunion Orchestra. We will honor Akira Endo, Carl Lindgren, Jim Mitchell, and Allan McMurray on our “Wall of Fame” for their contributions to Arrowbear. We are also planning to remember Carole Ohlendorf Dockstader by dedicating the garden next to the camp porch in her name. I hope that you can make it to the Reunion. If you can’t, please send us a memory you have of one of the people we are honoring so we can share it with everyone during the Reunion.

The day will be similar to past Reunions. In addition to the Reunion Orchestra, we are planning to have a brass choir and choral selections for our Choral alumni and for those of you who don’t play your instrument anymore.

Tentative Schedule

8:00 - 10:00

Registration and breakfast

10:00

Photo - so it can be printed and returned to us by the afternoon

10:30 - 12:30

Rehearsal

12:30 - 2:30

Lunch, camp singing, Garden Dedication and awarding of plaques

2:30 - 5:00

Free time to visit

5:00

Concert

6:30

Dinner


You’re welcome to come into camp on Saturday afternoon and sleep overnight. You can stay until 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 5, if you wish. The accommodations at camp are just as you remember them, but there are a number of motels in the vicinity if you’re not up to staying in camp. We do caution you that it is Labor Day weekend and likely to be busy for the motels. We’ll put out a list of contact numbers for lodging in our July update.

For your donation we will provide a Reunion picture, a Reunion Note, and lunch. We are going to offer a Henley-style shirt for both men and women. A small Reunion logo will be on the upper pocket area. These will be available by pre-order for a small additional donation to cover the cost of the shirts. Limited numbers of additional shirts will be available on the day of the Reunion. Your best bet is to pre-order so you know you’ll get the size you want. The camp will provide breakfast and dinner for an appropriate donation, or you can eat out of camp. It would be great if you could pre-register as soon as you know your plans for the summer. This will help us order the food and the shirts as well as copies of the music.

This Reunion is our major fund raiser. We appreciate all the support that you have given us in the past. It is only because of your generosity that we can help so many students who could not otherwise afford to attend camp. We’re excited to announce that we have awarded 42 scholarships totaling $24,665 for this coming summer. Thanks to all of you who donated to our scholarship fund this past year. You do make a difference.

Arrowbear Music Associates is an all volunteer group. We meet at my home and operate our business aspects of the corporation there, usually over chips and sodas. We are a non-profit corporation; however, we keep the costs to a minimum. All the Board members freely give their time and energy to keep our organization functioning so we can provide as many scholarships as possible. If you are interested in helping with the Reunion, scholarships, fund raising, or even being a permanent member of the Board, please contact us at any time.

A final Reunion Update will be mailed out in mid-July. Please send us the addresses of alumni. We need help spreading the date of the Reunion so no one is left out who’d like to attend. Talk to your friends and get them to come!h.

 

 

 

Clifford Kusaba

 

 

President


Fall 2010
President’s Message

We have begun planning for the 70th Reunion. The date will be Sunday, September 4, 2011, during Labor Day weekend. Please mark your calendars now. I hope that you will be able to join us for that weekend. If you are willing to help with planning or can assist with the activities during the day of the Reunion, please let us know.

On a sad note, Carole Ohlendorf Dockstader passed away in the summer during Choral Session. We will set aside some time at the Reunion to share some memories of her. We’ve lost several alumni since the last newsletter. It seems we are all getting older. This Reunion can be a time for introspection on how both the camp experience and the friends we made there have shaped our lives.

Thank you for all the generous donations. We always struggle when awarding scholarships. There are so many families who want to send their children to a summer music camp, but struggle to find the funds in our current economy. The thank you letters the campers send to us make it worth all the effort. I hope you enjoy them.

We have continued discussing the idea of sending out the newsletter by email. It could be difficult to keep up with the logistics of updating email addresses. We would like to hear your thoughts on this topic. Please check out our web site at arrowbearrmusicassoc.org where we also post information about our organization.

I hope you are all well. Please keep in touch.

 

 

Clifford Kusaba

 

 

President


Spring 2010
President’s Message

As summer approaches, we are only a year away from our 70th Reunion celebration. Yes, it is hard to believe that many years have passed. It doesn’t seem possible. I enjoyed reading the excerpts from the first camp note from 1942, in which Mr. Ohlendorf did not know if they would even have a second summer outing due to the effects of World Ward II.  We have included some excerpts in this edition of the newsletter for you to enjoy thanks to Alayne Armstrong Abbot who plays with us in the Long Beach City College Community Orchestra. There are quite a few Arrowbear alums in the group who attended camp across many different decades. Arrowbear connects us together no matter when we attended.

We will need help with planning for the Reunion, so if you are willing to help in some way, please contact us.  One of our major issues is getting the message out to the alumni.  It’s not easy to contact everyone. We also could always use help with listening to scholarship tapes and reading the applications.

Your generous donations have helped many students attend summer music camps.  When we read the applications, there are so many families that are in great need of assistance.  It becomes very difficult to make decisions on who we can give money to because of all the need.  Many families barley have enough money to live month to month, yet they will do what they can to send their children to a summer music camp.  Your donations directly affect the lives of the applicants and their families. They are so grateful for the help. We were able to help 47students year. The Board is very proud of how many scholarships we able to offer. That is because you are so generous and believe in the power Arrowbear has on young musicians.

 

 

Clifford Kusaba

 

 

President


 

Fall 2009
President’s Message

Thank you for all your support over the years. I hope that you have a wonderful holiday season. Laura and I spent a day at Arrowbear this last summer visiting the Advanced Session. We were able to watch the rehearsals of the Band and Orchestra. Both groups sounded great. We also heard a wonderful woodwind quintet who was kind enough to perform a selection for us. Campers still sings camp songs after lunch and conclude with “Oh, Give Thanks” just like when we both attended camp. It was great being up at camp. Being there always brings back memories for me. We really enjoy receiving letters from past campers who share their memories of camp. Bernice Mitchell Hallam, who was a camper at the very first Arrowbear session in 1942, is a great source of memories. Be sure to read her letter that’s included in the newsletter. We’d love to hear from more of you, especially those of you who were campers in the early days of Arrowbear.

We really appreciate your continued support, especially in this economy. There is usually a rush of donations when the newsletters go out. Then there are stretches of time when the mail box is empty until it’s time for the next newsletter. That hasn’t happened this year. Donations have continued to come in consistently all throughout the summer and into the early fall. Your belief in the power of Arrowbear, and your trust in us to give out scholarships is very humbling. Your donations have helped hundreds of young musicians attend summer music camps. We expect to have a large number of scholarship applications again in the spring. We’ll do our best to help as many young musicians go to camp. The magic is still there. Arrowbear still changes peoples’ lives today just like it did mine.
 

 

 

Clifford Kusaba

 

 

President


Spring 2009
President’s Message

Summer is just around the corner, and we just finished awarding our scholarships for this summer. Many thanks for all the generous donations to our scholarships funds. We had 76 applications this year, and we were able to award 47 scholarships. We used to receive from 40-50 applications. This was a record year, showing how the need for financial assistance has increased.

One thing that the Scholarship Committee noticed when they were reviewing the applications was that many of the applicants do not take private lessons. The number of young musicians without lessons who are applying for a scholarship is increasing every year. It could be because of the economy that the ability for parents to afford lessons has become more difficult. This lack of private lessons also means the applicants are likely to have a limited mastery of their instrument. Sometimes we have to turn them down for a scholarship because we know they’d be overwhelmed at music camp until they have more time to develop their skills. Many thanks to the school music teachers who are trying their best to help students learn their instruments without additional support from private teachers. Also, many of the families that we help barely make enough money to support themselves, but they still try to send their children to a summer music camp. Your donations have assisted many young musicians that would not have had the opportunity to attend music camp at all.

Our reunion is about two years away in the summer of 2011. The board will begin planning next year. If you have ideas for what to do at the reunion please email them to us. One note, about a year ago we printed the name of Bill Mitchell mistakenly instead of Jim Mitchell. Our apologies. Finally I hope you have a fun summer. If you are in the area you should visit Arrowbear.

 

 

Clifford Kusaba

 

 

President


Fall/Winter 2008
President’s Message

The holiday season is here again. It’s a time for reflection on the year that is ending and a time to look forward to the possibilities in the New Year to come. Your generous donations have helped hundreds of young musicians attend summer music camps. Last summer we were able to help forty-nine campers. When we read the letters of need, I’m amazed that families can afford summer programs for their children given their incomes, but somehow they seem to find a way to pay the difference and send their children just like our own parents did.

The Board struggles each year to award scholarships to all of the deserving applicants. Our organization is made up of volunteers who donate their time and expertise to make decisions concerning who is awarded a scholarship. Our only overhead is the newsletter and the materials needed for the scholarship process. I encourage you to check out our web site at www.arrowbearmusicassoc.org. Our scholarship information and application is posted. We have alumni news, our donation form, and the contact information for the Board. If you have time, please feel free to give us suggestions on what else you’d like to see posted on the site.

I do like hearing from all of you who take the time to contact us. Just the other day, a former camper emailed us and recounted a time when Larry Kohorn and I rented a small boat to cruise around Lake Arrowhead. He remembered that the steering wheel came off in my hands with the boat traveling quite fast. Larry and I did survive, but I’m not sure about anyone else. Summer will arrive soon once again. I do miss being a camper, but would not trade the memories for anything. Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. I hope you have a pleasant holiday season.

 

 

Clifford Kusaba

 

 

 President


Spring 2008
President’s Message

We just completed awarding our scholarships for this summer. We are never able to help everyone who applies. It’s always difficult to tell someone we can’t help them. The cost of summer music camps makes it difficult for many families, and as you know, the cost of everything we buy these days is increasing. Our schools in California are going to experience major funding cuts, which will affect the elective programs, especially music programs. If you have the opportunity, please tell your elected leaders to support the performing arts programs and all our education programs in the schools.

The Board spent two days listening to tapes and making recommendations for awards. We spent another two weeks trying to divide up what we received in donations from our last two newsletters. Fortunately, our anonymous donor listened to our plea to help seven additional student applicants and willingly gave us an additional $3,400. Except for the two newsletters and other materials costs, we use all of the money donated to our Fred & Edna Ohlendorf Scholarship Fund for summer scholarships. The money you donate from this newsletter and the fall newsletter will be used for next year’s scholarships. We’re at “0” dollars again right now after awarding scholarship for this summer.

Arrowbear’s costs are still much less expensive that other summer music camps in the U.S. For example, Idyllwild charges $2,250 for two weeks. The Pacific Music Camp in Northern California charges $600 for their one-week session. Arrowbear charges $400 for the one-week jazz and choral sessions.

We really appreciate your support. The money you send us makes a difference in the life of someone who may not have ever had the chance to experience a summer music program. We have one high school winner who has already called us several times to make sure he has filled out his acceptance and registration forms correctly. He’s so excited about going to camp that he just starts speaking and forgets to identify himself when he calls us. Calls like that make all of our time and effort worthwhile.

I hope you have a great summer. If you have a chance to visit the camp, check out their web site to look for dates. I recommend you email them for concert dates since they don’t always have a concert every weekend these days. The students always seem to have a wonderful experience. In comparison, the Arrowbear “Coconut Bear” makes the TV American Idol show look like an amateur contest, at least in my opinion!
 

 

 

Clifford Kusaba

 

 

 President

Fall 2007
President’s Message

Southern California was again inundated with devastating wild fires last month. Fortunately, Arrowbear Music Camp’s buildings were not damaged by the fires, but there were many homes and businesses that were either destroyed or damaged. We got several emails and phone calls from alumni who live out of state asking about the condition of the camp. We gave out the best information available which is a web site at www.rimoftheworld.net. The damage was extensive to the mountain area, especially around Lake Arrowhead. In Running Springs, there were 168 structures destroyed. The estimated cost of rebuilding homes and businesses is $155 million dollars. The only fire close to the camp was at the bottom of Music Camp Road. That house fire was caused when the electricity was turned back on. That fire wasn’t connected to the wild fires.

Michelle Chace Bass, who lives in the Blue Jay area, thankfully did not lose her home, but the houses across the street from hers were completely destroyed. Her dad did lose his home to the fires. She said there were power lines down and fire damage everywhere. In Long Beach, the air quality was so bad that the school district wouldn’t let students play outside or participate in PE. Fires are one of those dangers that will always be a part of the mountains. We know that other campers and alumni live in the area. If you have any information and would like to share, we can publish it in our next newsletter. Arrowbear is safe once again, and with luck will survive other fires that threaten it.

Thank you for your generous donations to our scholarship fund. When it’s time to decide on scholarships, we never seem to have enough money, but we always find a way to help as many young musicians as possible. The new three-week session was especially difficult for us to fund because of the cost. There are still elementary, middle-school age, and choral and jazz sessions for the older students to enjoy.

One last note: Dennis is planning to have a work/clean-up chamber music time before camp opens for the summer. I do not have the details, but we can post them on our web site at www.arrowbearmusicassoc.org when we get more information. Sometimes it takes disasters to make you think about what is important and what you can lose. For me, it is the memories of the place, the dining hall, the dorms, orchestra bowl, and all the activities that took place there over the thirty plus years that I was involved with Arrowbear.

I hope you have a safe and happy holiday where ever you may be.

 

 

Clifford Kusaba

 

 

 President


Spring 2007
President’s Message


Summer is almost here once again. That means we have just completed awarding our scholarships for this summer. We thank all of you who have donated to our scholarship fund. Your generous contributions make it possible for us to send 49 students to camp that could not afford the cost of a summer music camp experience.

Arrowbear has extended their Advanced Session to three weeks. This will be a new experience for that age group. Once disappointment for us is that we have money for choral scholarships; however, it is difficult to get choral students to apply for the scholarships. We sent out letters to choral teachers, made sure all the choral campers got the fall newsletter advertising the scholarships, and put the word out the best we can. If you have any ideas, please email us some suggestions.

I hope you have an enjoyable summer, and if you are able, try to attend one of the summer camp concerts. Check before you go since there is not necessarily a concert every weekend.

 

 

Clifford Kusaba

 

 

 President


Fall 2006
President’s Message


Our Reunions are a wonderful moment in time that bring together alumni and friends. I hope those of you who were able to attend enjoyed the day as much as I did. I also know that many more of you were with us in spirit. There were 95 alumni and their families at the Reunion. Their contact information is included with this newsletter.

The best part for me is visiting with friends and reliving memories. The Choir sang three wonderful selections in the dining hall. Many thanks to Fran Harding for her fine conducting. We then moved out to the Ohlendorf Bowl (orchestra bowl) to hear the Brass Choir play a selection by Gabrielli. Jack Hollander graciously and effectively conducted the piece. The concert concluded with the orchestra playing “Tara’s Theme” and “Wildwood Flower” under the baton of Joe Burger and “Light Calvary Overture” conducted by Albert Jeung. Joe said he hadn’t held a baton since he retired. It was a great treat for all of us to play under him again.

The dedications to Dr. Sawhill and Phil Elithorpe were a highlight of the Reunion. Many alumni shared stories about working with these two inspiring conductors. Their plaques will join the others already in the Hall of Fame on the back wall of the Orchestra Bowl.

The day was a success due to the volunteer hours put in by the Board of Directors. I’d like to thank them for all their hard work. All of those on the Board devote their own time and energy to make sure your donations help as many students as possible. If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact us. The organization survives only because you all believe in Arrowbear and the difference it makes in the lives of young musicians.

 

 

 

Clifford Kusaba

 

 

 President


Spring 2006 President's Message

 I hope that everyone is doing well and that you enjoy reading our newsletters. It’s hard to believe that Arrowbear will be celebrating its 65th Summer this year. On Sunday, September 3, 2006, we will gather for our Reunion at Arrowbear Music Camp. The theme for the Reunion will be “65 Years of Music and Friendships So Dear.” The best part of these Reunions is seeing friends and sharing memories; however, as I get older the memories do get fuzzier. Another great thing is the interaction between the different generations of campers, especially the stories that are shared about their camp experiences. On a sad note is that alumni are passing away, which means that the Reunions are sometimes the last time we will ever see that person. Time passes so quickly. Mr. O has bene gone now for twenty years.

One of the activities at the Reunion will be a celebration for Dr. Clarence Sawhill. He directed the band at the Senior session at Arrowbear for many summers and was the Director of Bands at UCLA. The former “Band Bowl” is now called “Sawhill” by the present campers, but most of them have no knowledge of who he was. We hope to perform the Kitchen Symphony and hope that those of you who knew him will share some stories from your time with him at camp. Another person who we would like to honor is Phil Ellithorpe. He was the director at Choral session for many years and was also the choir director at Wilson High in Long Beach. We will have plaques made for both of them to be placed in camp.

The day will be similar to past Reunions. In addition to the Reunion Orchestra, we are planning to have a brass choir and choral selections for our Choral alumni and for those of you who don’t play your instrument anymore.

Tentative Schedule

8-10:00

Registration and breakfast

10:00

Photo - so it can be printed and returned to us by the afternoon

10:30 - 12:30

Rehearsal

12:30 - 2:30

Lunch, camp singing, Sawhill recognition and awarding of plaques

2:30 - 5:00

Free time to visit

5:00

Dinner

6:30

Concert

9:00

Camp fire

You’re welcome to come into camp on Saturday afternoon and sleep overnight. The Intermediate session will be having their concert at around 6:00 that evening, so please leave your bags in your car until they have had a chance to clear out. You can stay until 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 4, if you wish. The accommodations at camp are just as you remember them, but there are a number of motels in the vicinity if you’re not up to staying in camp. We do caution you that it is Labor Day weekend and likely to be busy for the motels. You can try Running Springs, Big Bear, and Lake Arrowhead. We’ll put out a list of contact numbers for lodging in our July update.

For your donation we will provide a Reunion picture, a Reunion Note, and lunch. We are going to offer different types of shirts this time: a polo shirt for the men and a V-neck with cap sleeves for the women. A small Reunion logo will be on the upper pocket area. These will be available by pre-order for a small additional donation to cover the cost of the shirts. Limited numbers of additional shirts will be available on the day of the Reunion. You’re best bet is to pre-order so you know you’ll get the size you want. The camp will provide breakfast and dinner for an appropriate donation, or you can eat out of camp. It would be great if you could pre-register as soon as you know your plans for the summer. This will help us order the food and the shirts as well as copies of the music.

This Reunion is our major fund raiser. We appreciate all the support that you have given us in the past. It is only because of your generosity that we can help so many students who could not otherwise afford to attend camp. We’re excited to announce that we have awarded 46 scholarships totaling $21,120 for this coming summer. Thanks to all of you who donated to our scholarship fund this past year. You do make a difference.

Arrowbear Music Associates is an all volunteer group. We meet at my home and operate our business aspects of the corporation there, usually over chips and sodas. We are a non-profit corporation; however, we keep the costs to a minimum. All the Board members freely give their time and energy to keep our organization functioning so we can provide as many scholarships as possible. If you are interested in helping with the Reunion, scholarships, fund raising, or even being a permanent member of the Board, please contact us at any time.

A final Reunion Update will be mailed out in mid-July. Please send us the names and addresses of alumni. We need help spreading the date of the Reunion so no one is left out who would like to attend. Talk to your friends and get them to come!

 

 

See you on September 3,

 

 

Clifford Kusaba

 

 

 President


Fall 2005 President's Message


I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer. We were able to award forty-one scholarships because of your generous contributions. Music education in our schools is an important part of our children’s education. Educators know that these programs help improve student learning which is reflected in our schools’ test scores. We also know that summer music camps bring remarkable changes in the lives of the children who attend them. With your help, we will continue to support these programs for as long as possible.

At our last Board of Directors meeting, we set the date for the 65th Reunion for Sunday, September 3, 2006. We will be sending information out next spring about how you can register to attend. We have discussed the possibility of honoring Dr. Sawhill. The band bowl is now called Sawhill; however, I do not think that the present day campers really know much about him. If you were at camp when he was there, have any stories about him, or about his career, we would like to have them for the Reunion. We are also planning to have a reunion orchestra and some works for the choral alumni to prepare. If you have any suggestions about what you’d like to see happen at the Reunion, please send your ideas as soon as possible. The Board is meeting several times over the next few months to firm up its plans for the Reunion. You are always welcome to join us. Fresh ideas and volunteers willing to help are always appreciated.

Roger Johnson is planning to retire from directing the Long Beach City College Community Orchestra next spring. This is the same group that Dr. Pappone directed for many years. Roger has already retired from teaching at LBCC. He’s ready to enjoy other things, like spending more time with his grandchildren. Our last concert will be on May 7, 2006. If you are able, please join us for Roger’s last concert with our orchestra.
 

 

 

Clifford Kusaba 


Spring 2005 President's Message

It was in November of 1985 that Arrowbear Music Associates had its first official meeting. During the past twenty years, our organization has helped hundreds of campers to attend music camp. As I return to  the presidency of the Associates, I hope that we will continue to provide scholarships for another twenty years, and hopefully, many more years beyond that. Our organization is an all volunteer group. We volunteer our time to help others enjoy a summer of music as we did.  We are always in need of help with raising money, awarding scholarships, and planning activities. If you are interested, please contact us.

Over the past twenty years, the Associates has sponsored several reunions, picnics, and recitals to raise money. Our primary goal has always been to provide scholarships to students who need financial assistance. We have been able to help so many campers because of your generous donations. Sessions this summer at Arrowbear cost between $360 and $800. This is really al bargain. Other camps in the San Bernardino mountains cost as much as $1,400 per week. Thanks to all of you who have donated to our scholarship funds.

The first Reunion our organization sponsored was the 50th Reunion  in 1991. The next Reunion, the 65th, is only a year away in the summer of 2006. We hope you will be able to join us. It will probably be over Labor Day Weekend again, but we’ll have the details ready for the fall edition of the newsletter.

This year’s Arrowbear Music Camp’s brochure has a quote from Mr. Ohlendorf: “I believe in music as an enrichment for anyone, and I believe that the more they can perform in beautiful organizations of great music and get inspiration and happy memories of great pieces performed . . . the richer their lives will be.” He always believed that all school children should have music as part of their education. This belief is why the Associates works so diligently to help students. As you all know, it is an experience that stays with you for a lifetime.

 

 

Clifford Kusaba 


Fall 2004 President's Message

Every time I stop at a stoplight, someone drives up next to me with rap music blaring very loudly. Is this what our music world is coming to? Is this what the public schools are satisfied to graduate every year? Where is the effort to teach the great classics, to teach that seeing the actual Mona Lisa is better than seeing a picture of it? What can we do as individuals to preserve the greatness of the past while encouraging young artists of the future? Well, we can become teachers in the public schools, take on a mentor or tutoring situation after school, help finance a young kid through summer camp, and contribute whatever we can to help out wherever we can.

I went to a conference in St. Louis this summer to stem the tide of electronic devices in the pit of Broadway shows and touring Broadway shows; however, the producers are so greedy that they want to eliminate actual musicians from the pit and replace them with electronic devices, known as virtual orchestras, to "SAVE" money. Naturally, the average ticket payer gets NO break in the price from these greedy practices and may not realize they are being ripped off in such a fashion. We must educate the young audience and the theatre going public through a public awareness campaign and additional education throughout the public and private sectors as well as in summer camps, that this is the future of music unless WE STOP IT!!!! I heartily encourage all of you to donate to the cause of your heart and keep music LIVE!!!! Bless you in all your endeavors and keep music ALIVE!!!!
 

 

 

Virginia Frazier 


Spring 2004 President's Message

Hello, Everyone. I often feel I keep saying the same things, but there's always news to think about. This summer will be like no other with the passing of Seth. It seems like there is nothing I can even begin to say that will provide comfort. I can only rely on the words of great poets like E. E. Cummings who wrote, “Somewhere I have never traveled, gladly beyond any experience, your eyes have their silence: in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me, or which I cannot touch because they are too near. Your slightest look easily will unclose me though I have closed myself as fingers, or if your wish be to close me, I and my life will shut very beautifully, suddenly, as when the heart of this flower imagines the snow carefully everywhere descending; nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals the power of your intense fragility: whose texture compels me with color of its countries, rendering death and forever with each breathing. I do not know what it is about you that closes and opens; only something in me understands the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses.”

              The passing of loved ones takes time to comprehend. I will continue to ponder and reminisce. At least we can all be grateful that the camp survived the terrible fires of last fall. We came so close to losing Arrowbear. I’m sure you felt as helpless as I did as you listened to the news reports or searched for information on the Internet. The rain and the wind turned the tide and kept Camp from what seemed like certain destruction.

Musicians are fighting many battles in the workplace and schools...always the funding is being cut for the arts. Producers threaten to replace Broadway shows with virtual orchestras (a little black box), but of course never give the public a break in prices. Right now, something called Phamlet B is threatening to cut in half the wages of Theatre Musicians. The President of the Union is coming from New York to meet with local union musicians to hear our complaints and hopefully reverse this tide. Will music once again belong to the elite as in Mozart's day? Will only kings and queens will hear it? I have always been middle class, and always will be. Had it not been for music in the public schools, where would my life have gone? I don't know. In closing, I again ask you to support the alumni efforts on the behalf of all music camps. Be generous, and keep fighting the necessary fight. Let this point of light continue to shine throughout forever.

 

 

Virginia Frazier 
President


Fall 2003 President's Message

Dear Fellow Alumnni...it's that time again to write a newsletter. What will be our children's greatest influences? I guess mine was music...the teachers and friends who surrounded me. I remember when Kiki Collins played the Bruch violin concerto in All City Honor Orchestra. She probably doesn't even remember me. I listened and hoped to play like that some day. Shoot ahead 30 years. Has it really been that long? I have the privilege to sub frequently for the musical The Producers at the Pantages Theater, and in the violin folder, I see that Kiki did the show in Ohio when it was there. Wow!, I thought. Isn't that a beautiful thing? Then I had a chance to go to Japan on tour with an orchestra. There were Arrowbear alumni there too. So I am saving my money to send my daughter to yet another summer, so she can have some great experiences and have the chance to play with other Arrowbear alumni as an adult. The influence Arrowbear and the Ohlendorfs had on all of us is so far reaching.

The Japanese have beautiful concert halls. It's a pleasure to play in the acoustics of a great hall. They really support the arts there too...so many concert halls in so small a country. Well, I'm enlisting your support once again. Please contribute to the scholarship fund so we can include as many kids as possible at camp next summer. Thanks again for you previous support and please be generous once again.

 

 

Sincerely, 
Virginia Frazier


Spring 2003 President's Message

Greetings to you and welcome to our spring newsletter. We spent a recent Saturday listening to the tapes of over 40 kids, all making admirable efforts to win the prize of a scholarship. I remember those days! It was always so hard to make the tape sound just right. I would try it several times before I was satisfied.. Then came the writing part. Did my story sound legitimate? Did I exaggerate? Did I tell them enough about my qualifying problems? I see these kids going through the same things I did. Life keeps repeating itself. These kids weren't even born when I was in high school. It's hard to comprehend sometimes. Oh well, I hope we make a difference in as many cases as possible.

The good news is that music programs are alive and well in southern California. Over 900 students tried out for the approximately 180 positions in the All Southern High School Honor Band and Orchestra. On the other hand, what is the future of professional musicians? I was just sent a collective bargaining agreement which virtually said, accept management’s salary increase" proposal or we'll dissolve the entire orchestra!!! Imagine that being the future for these hard working students! But it's true...I've been in the music business for 20 years, and I might have to go on unemployment at least for the summer. It's not a pretty picture, but it is reality. I get to go to Japan in a week for 22 concerts with an orchestra, but when I get back, it'll be a struggle. I will try to accept all gigs on my message machine while I'm gone, but that means many expensive phone calls from Japan. Is acoustic music the dinosaur of the 21st century? I don't know and certainly hope not; however, let's try to give these students a chance. Maybe they will come up with new ideas that will make music more dynamic in this century. Well, we will keep fighting the good fight. We welcome all contributions.

 

 

Virginia Frazier
President


President’s 2002 Message

Dear Arrowbearites - Happy New Year! Hope all finds you well. Have you heard the news about classical orchestras lately? All the players are taking pay cuts just to keep many orchestras from folding. It's not encouraging. I do gigs where the audiences are mostly older with few young children in them. Where are the audiences of the future? Will it come to the point where only the elite can afford to train their children in the classics and the general masses will be passed over? If I didn't have good public school training, where would I be? Just listening to CDs, I guess, rather than playing. Who will be my children's "Mr. Ohlendorf"?? Who will train, inspire, and motivate them to choose classical instruments as a career even if the odds are against them, even if there are too many musicians for too few chairs????

The only answer I know is for all of us to support the arts in our communities and through alumni contributions. I implore all of the alumni to take someone under their wing: help inner city kids pay for music lessons, adopt a kid through a summer camp program, and take your own kids or grandchildren to the symphony! Technology is a fact, and somehow the classical music business has to catch up. Could you write a string quartet and orchestrate it for the junior high orchestra in your area! Donate your time to your local public school music program. You could offer to coach sectionals or give lessons at reduced cost. Let's find a way to make technology beneficial to us as musicians so we don't have to worry about being downloaded and all our profits taken away. I'm sorry to be so pessimistic. I guess I'm in the thick of it because it's what I do to make ends meet. Anyway, I appreciate all your support in the past for Arrowbear, and hope you will continue to be generous in the future.

 

 

Virginia Frazier
President