Dear friends and families of SFYSA,
My name is Andrea Cassutt, and I am honored to introduce myself to you as SFYSA’s new Executive Director. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with the board of directors and staff to fulfill SFYSA’s mission to inspire, empower, and engage the multicultural youth of Northern New Mexico through excellent music education. The organization’s 20 plus years of service to area youth and families, our possibilities for growth, and the talented, enthusiastic kids in our programs all inspire me as I step into this new role.
As the mother of a teenage daughter studying the performing arts, and years of arts management experience with Performance Santa Fe, I understand the importance and impact of music education. Whether or not one goes on to study and pursue a career in music, the journey of learning to play an instrument, practicing and preparing music as part of an ensemble, and performing in front of an audience all provide important life skills, opportunities for community and engagement, and a sense of place. It is part of the vision of SFYSA to give each of our students the gift of a lifelong appreciation for music, and the experience of music as an important and joyful part of life.
31% of public school students in Santa Fe are in families that live below the poverty line, and 81% of students are in the free or reduced lunch program. In order to support the youth in our community and reach those with diverse heritage and wide ranging socioeconomic situations, SFYSA provides $20,000-$25,000 annually in financial need scholarships. Music is a vital part of educating and encouraging our young people. We need your help to make this possible. To donate in support of this outreach, please click here: to make a donation.
I am looking forward to registration, auditions, parent meetings, and getting to know each of you as we move into the start of fall rehearsals. Please let me know if you have concerns, questions or ideas for SFYSA programs based on your experience with us. You can email me any time at Andrea@sfysa.org.