Great Grants: Credo Beth Maiden
Each summer, student musicians between the ages of 13 and 22 from across the United States and around the world converge upon Oberlin to take part in the Credo Festival. But the students do much more than practice and play -- one day per week, they take part in community service projects that might find them performing in a nursing home or packing donated food at Second Harvest. The mission of Credo is: "Develop the Gift. Acknowledge the Source. Respond with Service." The students are continuing their service beyond the festival, organizing benefit concerts through Ohio for cystic fibrosis patients and the Alzheimer's Association.
Other elements of Credo include an ensemble coaching practicum for high school string teachers, a professional touring ensemble, and a course of study for adult amateur musicians.
The Community Foundation has been proud to fund Credo's community service days since 2009, most recently, with a grant of $2500 in 2011.