Welcome to the Friends of the Red Barn

Please donate today

Thank you for your support

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Thank you for saving the Red Barn from eviction, now...

Thanks to the thoughtful generosity of many people, the Red Barn stayed open. Now we begin part two, funding a scholarship fund so lots more kids can have music in their lives.

Your donation goes to support music classes for K's and Pre-K's by Nancy Nesheim, concerts and recitals at our new concert hall at the UU Meetinghouse, and groups like the Amherst Strings Academy with Ben Peterson for the youngest students. Even though we saved the school, the need remains.

About the Friends of the Red Barn

The Friends of the Red Barn is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to support music making at the Red Barn in Amherst, through scholarships, concerts, and promoting the arts.

Formed in 2012 by concerned families, the Board of the FOTRB includes: Catherine Sanderson, Chair; Sandi Burkett, Vice-Chair; Tammy Rahhal, Secretary; and Andrew Parker- Renga, Treasurer, and Kate Atkinson and Monica Robelotto, Members-At-Large.

A Message from our Chair

Dear Friend of Red Barn,

As members of the board of Friends of Red Barn Music, we know how much music lessons have added to our own children's lives. We see them learn valuable skills about the benefits of practice, develop a life-long appreciation of music, and gain confidence in performing at recitals. Perhaps most importantly, we value how much fun our children have in working with Kevin Collins and the other outstanding and dedicated music teachers at Red Barn.

We are writing to request your support in helping support this unique and special program that has provided so much to many families in the Pioneer Valley. Like many organizations, Red Barn faces financial pressure and could really use your support. Specifically, we would appreciate your assistance in one (or both!) of two ways:

1) Tell your friends and neighbors about Red Barn Music, and the value of having music lessons of all types (guitar, piano, violin, cello, voice, drums) conveniently located in downtown Amherst with free parking.

2) Make a tax-deductible contribution to Red Barn to assist with growing the Red Barn, scholarships to low-income families, and outreach at a time when school music is being cut back.

Music is a gift we give our children, and a gift that children will have with them their whole lives. Please help Red Barn Music continue to provide this gift for children in the community for many years to come. We are grateful for your generosity and for ensuring the future of this special program we value for our children.


Catherine Sanderson, Chair
Sandi Burkett, Vice Chair
Tammy Rahhal, Secretary
Andrew Parker-Renga, Treasurer
Kate Atkinson, Member-at-Large
Monica Robelotto, Member-at-Large

Scholarship Program

The Friends of the Red Barn will offer scholarships to families with need, based on the availability of funds. In the past, Red Barn teachers have accepted students on a sliding-fee basis and we want to support them in this.

Early Childhood Music Program

Offering good, solid music education to the youngest children will prepare them for success, in every part of life. The Red Barn teachers typically have Mass K-12 certifcation and training in disciplines such as Orff Music and Kindermusik, based on the latest research and understanding. Your donation will make that possible, too.

Concert Sponsorship Opportunites

Every year, the Red Barn puts on student, faculty and Guest Artist concerts and program sponsorship opportunities are available. Classical, Jazz, Folk, Popular, we have done it all. Please inquire.

Thank you for your support, please let us know if you have any questions.
Email us or call 413-256-8899

made with love by Kevin Collins