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UN International Peace Day
Friday Sept. 21st, 2012

Listen for Life organized three major concerts in the Los Angeles area
-- watch this space for details!

What Does World Peace Sound Like?

See our Peace Day page for details
Listen for Life
was proud to be a sponsor of the First Annual

African Experience

Benefit Gala for the SayThanks Foundation

Saturday August 4th, 2012, 6pm - 9:30pm
Norman P. Murray Center [map]
24932 Veteran's Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Check out our freshly-uploaded videos at our Youtube channel at

LFL Newsletters: #3#2, #1.

2011: an overview

Listen for Life
Founder and Artistic Director, Donna Stoering and Executive Director Andy Anderson have both been traveling nonstop since January to participate in major conferences, partnership meetings, production presentations, or development courses while continuing to perform concerts, Notes for Nourishment benefits, and speaking engagements to promote  Listen for Life's mission, worldwide! (It's a good thing they are married to each other and work together on  Listen for Life projects 24/7, or they would never see each other!)

January: travel and performances within California.

February: a conference in Los Angeles and performances / speaking in the Bay Area.

March: England and then to Nevada for the CEOspace Summit - gained many potential new board members, advisers and donors from this wonderful group of people!

April: speaking engagements and meetings in NYC, also chosen to participate in the exciting National Publicity Summit there;  Listen for Life Notes for Nourishment performances in California and St Louis. Met several people interested in setting up a  Listen for Life volunteer team in St Louis!

May Listen for Life Notes for Nourishment concerts throughout Hawaii, Oregon and California; set up a  Listen for Life Hawaii volunteer team (with huge thanks to Miho Miki May, who has been instrumental in getting things going there after some previous  Listen for Life concerts in Hawaii last November). They are interested in doing a Peace Day event for Hawaii in September.

Applied for a Music Therapy project grant.

June: most exciting potential-partnership discussions with a major online media company in California; completed massive production-grant deadline (fingers crossed) with renowned documentary film producer Michael Singh; then traveled to Boston and New Hampshire.

A new intern came to us for the summer - Bolei Yin, from China! She is studying economics and finance at university in NY but wanted a summer internship on the West Coast. She came to do accounting but since her true love is event planning, she immediately got put to work!

July found us in Wyoming, Colorado, and California. Speaking engagements in Denver, and presentations of  Listen for Life's "Travels with Music" series to very musically-inclined school district officials in Colorado and Wyoming. Attended a CEOspace meeting in Colorado and met with several extremely helpful individuals who are leading us to potential corporate sponsors for  Listen for Life - watch this space!

We also got offered our own  Listen for Life sound stage and 3D projection dome at a very major new music festival happening in New York next summer - we get to choose and invite all of the musicians for our own part of the festival  - we will spill the details as soon as we're allowed!

While in Colorado, we met in Boulder with the CEO of a quality music-education system and product, who would like an affiliate relationship with  Listen for Life and our website. We have been getting some queries or approaches from advertisers but we have said no. However, we are considering the initiation of a few affiliate banners when the music products are directly relevant. Any comments or thoughts on that?

While in Denver, also had initial meetings to set up a Denver chapter of  Listen for Life volunteers and projects. They are looking at starting with either a Notes for Nourishment concert to benefit the famed Swallow Hill music center, or perhaps a Peace Day event for Denver in September.

August: meetings in England; continued production and development meetings at company in Silicon Valley; and a "justGO!" concert and "Vietnamese Luau" (sic) in Lafayette, California on Thurs evening, August 25th  - full details are HERE! Featured performers (and cooks!) were Patrick Landeza and Vanessa Vo along with special guests. This fun and unique evening was a benefit fundraiser for  Listen for Life's upcoming Carnegie Hall event on January 8th 2012.

SeptemberListen for Life organized a FREE multicultural concert in Oakland from 5-7pm on Peace Day (September 21st).
- Oct 2nd: a fundraiser dinner / concert in Los Altos Hills.
- Oct 4th: Donna was interviewed
at 1pm PDT,  on "Lena Live" BBS Radio. More...
- Oct 12th: LFL musician Van-Anh Vanessa Vo spoke and performed at TEDx San Joaquin. More...
- Oct 15th: an Oktoberfest celebration in San Jose, with the Don Sommerfeld band doing polkas, German drinking songs, etc .
- Oct 21st: Ultra World X-tet (with LFL musician Winnie Wong) in concert in San Francisco.

- Tuesday Nov 15th - LFL Benefit Concert of Hawaiian and World Music at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley
- LFL founder Donna Stoering was  invited to address the American Musical Therapy Association on Nov 20th  at their national conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

- Sat Dec 17th at 6:30pm, an Advent/Christmas candlelight concert and singalong at St Leo's Church, 88 Race St, San Jose [map], featuring the Listen for Life Chorale..

Listen for Life founder Donna Stoering was a soloist in the gala closing program on May 27th of the  2nd annual Rachmaninov Russian Music Festival, May 20th-27th 2012 in Boston, MA

April 4th: Listen for Life presented "Pergolesi's Stabat Mater" at St Leo the Great Church.

 This ancient but spiritually powerful work was performed by selected members of the San Jose Symphonic Chorale and the Cantible Youth Chorus of Silicon Valley conducted by Jennah Delp and accompanied by professional Bay Area instrumentalists. Full details are here.

:  Jan 8th was MULTICULTURAL MUSIC DAY Worldwide, anchored by Listen for Life's concert at Carnegie Hall! See for details of events held around the world!