The Peer Ambassadors for Chamber Music (PACMan) program takes place on Friday of the Fischoff Competition weekend. It involves our youngest competitors - ensembles from the Junior Division.
Each year, carefully chosen junior ensembles are invited into area classrooms to present informal performance-workshops for second and third graders. The program's purpose is to present to little learners a friendly and "real" introduction to chamber music. Since Fischoff junior division competitors are also in school, they make perfect peer-role models for elementary school children who look up to and identify with older students. The performance level of Fischoff junior division ensembles creates an excitement that is a powerful mentoring tool in encouraging young children to pursue music, and to consider joining their own school or community band and orchestra programs.
In 2020, with the COVID19 outbreak, Fischoff was disappointed that our live competition in South Bend was canceled due to the CDC recommendations. However, a new format for the competition still occurred, albeit virtually. In light of the nation’s school closings, Fischoff created an online learning experience, “Mystery Musician” to connect South Bend area elementary students with our talented, young musicians who have advanced to the quarterfinal round for this year’s competition.
In 2020, the following schools participated the "Mystery Musician" program:
- Covenant Christian School, Mishawaka, IN
- Darden Primary Center, South Bend, IN
- Mary Frank Elementary School, Granger, IN
- Northpoint Elementary School, Granger, IN
- Nuner Fine Arts Academy, South Bend, IN
- Prairie View Elementary, Goshen, IN
- Roosevelt Elementary, Elkhart, IN
- Saint Joseph Grade School, South Bend, IN
- Success Academy, South Bend, IN
Major funding for PACMan comes from an endowment established for the program by Barbara Warner. Special thanks to Diane & Nick Entrikin for their generous support of PACMan, along with our gala fund a need contributors. Additional funding is provided by generous annual contributions from our donors and sponsors.