Your September Update
We are getting ready to usher in a brand new year of musical mentorship and community-building. There are tons of ways for you to join in the fun! Check out our volunteer and employment opportunities, and read about our new Executive Director Marlette Buchanan's first few weeks with the program.
Volunteer Applications Now Open
Applications for our afternoon elementary school volunteer program, as well as our middle school evening program, are open now!

If you are a musician and want to share your skills with a single student or small ensemble, now is the time to apply! Positions are open in our after-school programs at Leschi, Lowell, Gatzert, and Madrona Elementary, as well as our evening program at Garfield Community Center. Apply below!
A Progress Report from Marlette
Dear SMP friends, 

My first few weeks as Executive Director have gone by so quickly and now it’s back-to-school time! I’m happy to report I have had a smooth transition thanks to the wonderful staff and Board leadership. I was also fortunate enough to complete a fun project as a principal singer in Seattle Opera's  Porgy and Bess.  I am very excited to get the school year underway with a newly invigorated focus on music!

Seattle is rich with resources in many areas and one of my goals as Executive Director is to ensure we continually add to our pool of high caliber mentors from Seattle’s music community.  

We are excited to get the school year underway and there are two things I’d like to ask you to do to help make it a success: 

  1. SHARE - We have an important mission to provide youth with free music instruction and mentoring and are looking for high caliber teaching artists, volunteers, and mentors. Do you know a musician who might be interested in being involved? If so, please share this newsletter with them.
  2. DONATE - Did you know you can donate to SMP while you shop on Amazon? All you need to do is log in to (instead of the regular and select Seattle Music Partners as your charity of choice. Then every time you need to shop, go to Amazon Smile and we will get a portion of your total spend! Or for a quick way to donate to SMP right away, just use the link at the end of this newsletter.

SMP also needs new or gently used computers and musical instruments. What a great reason for you to upgrade your laptop! Please contact me directly to say hello or to discuss your donation at our new phone number: (206) 408-8588 or my email address, .

As many of you know, Meaghan Leferink will be moving on from SMP in September to a wonderful new opportunity. Meaghan has served SMP for six years and we are sad to see her leave. A huge "thank you" to Meaghan and we wish her the best in her new endeavor.

Musically yours,

Marlette Buchanan 
Executive Director
Employment Opportunties
SMP is looking for talented individuals to join our team of passionate educators and non-profit professionals. Take a look at these opportunities and spread the word!

Community Engagement Director
SMP seeks a versatile team player to manage internal and external partnerships. 

Teaching Artists
SMP currently seeks talented and dedicated teaching artists in the following disciplines: Brass (Trumpet, Trombone), Strings (Cello, Viola, Violin), Woodwinds (Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone), and Percussion (Mallets & Snare).

Learn more about both of these opportunities on our website .
"I definitely understand what it means to be helping a community more. It's not only about volunteering to sweep the floor at the community center once in a while, it's also about engaging with the people." -SMP Volunteer
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