Harold (Hal) Weller is the Founding Music Director & Conductor Laureate of the Las Vegas Philharmonic. Weller retired from the Philharmonic in 2007 completing a distinguished forty-five year career as music director of orchestras in Ohio, Virginia, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada. Weller is also the Founding Music Director of the Ashland (OH) Symphony and the Old Dominion (VA) Symphony as well as Conductor Laureate of the Flagstaff (AZ) Symphony.
In November 2007 Hal created the Foundation to Assist Young Musicians (FAYM), a non-profit organization that assists with the education and career development of talented and needy young musicians world wide. In 2008 FAYM established its El Sistema inspired "Violins for Kids" project in Las Vegas which offers instruments and instruction to inner-city youngsters in Las Vegas free of charge.
As an arts advocate and activist, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Conductors Guild, the Nevada Arts Council, and the Nevada School of the Arts. He is an honorary board member of the Las Vegas Youth Orchestras. Born in Dayton Ohio on July 6, 1941, Weller holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Miami (OH) University and an MA from The Ohio State University. He also studied at the Oberlin and Cincinnati Conservatories of Music. He began his professional conducting career at age 20, when he was engaged to conduct opera at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. His conducting teachers include Orion Dalley, A. Clyde Roller, Richard Lert, and Haig Yaghjian.
The Mayor of Las Vegas, Oscar B. Goodman, proclaimed October 9, 2005 as ‘Harold Weller Day’ in Las Vegas and again on June 30, 2007 in recognition of Hal’s many contributions and accomplishments for the arts in Las Vegas. Weller received the 2003 Achievement Award in Arts & Entertainment from the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, the Governor’s Award (New Mexico), and Flagstaff’s Citizen of the Year Award in 1991. In 1995 Flagstaff’s Lowell Observatory named an asteroid in his honor.
Married with two sons and two grandchildren, Hal and his wife Betsy take great pleasure in the pursuits of their active family.
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The Foundation to Assist Young Musicians (FAYM)
FAYM was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in the State of Nevada in November 2007 and was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the IRS in March 2008 (EIN # 26-1472871).
The Mission of the Foundation to Assist Young Musicians (FAYM) is to encourage and support gifted young musicians in (1) early training, (2) advanced study, and (3) professional career development, specifically those who are in need of financial and/or mentoring support up to the age of 26. In addition, an important part of the FAYM mission is to develop programs for the support of needy children in receiving music education.
All administrative functions are performed by highly qualified volunteers. Only FAYM’s teachers are paid. All legal, accounting, and other services are generously donated 'pro bono' by experts in their fields. Contributions, therefore, go entirely for program support and scholarship assistance for deserving and needy young musicians.
In the fall of 2009 FAYM established its "Violins for Kids" project by offering free music instruction to inner city children beginning at kindergarten age. The program has grown from 15 students in 2009 to 101 students in 2013. Utilizing concepts drawn from the El Sistema program and the Suzuki Violin Method, FAYM's "Violins for Kids" is now in its fifth year providing youngsters with instruments, materials, two to three lessons a week, field trips to concerts, and a two-week Summer Music Camp experience in June. Parents and siblings attend each lesson and have become enthusiastically involved in making music a valued & bonding family activity. FAYM's programs have won recognition from the Clark County School District's Partnership Program, the Clark County Board of Supervisors, and such celebrities as Jamie Bernstein, virtuoso solo bassist Gary Karr, Teller (of Penn & Teller), and superstar singer, Josh Groban.
To date FAYM has raised over $300,000 for scholarships and programs and has helped to secure over $350,000 in scholarship assistance from such fine institutions as the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY), the Interlochen Arts Academy (Interlochen, MI), and Carnegie-Mellon School of Music (Pittsburgh, PA) for talented high school and university age musicians. See 2013 Contributors list at www.theFAYM.org/contribute.
Since its founding in December 2007, FAYM has received contributions from donors in 28 States & the District of Columbia as well as in Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, East Java, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Poland, Puerto Rico, Sardinia, Sweden, Switzerland, & the UK.
Additionally, FAYM has 21,270 supporters worldwide on Facebook 450 of whom have donated over $25,000 through the Network for Good.
Apart from funding scholarships and programs, the Foundation plays an active role in promoting the careers of exceptional young musicians though mentoring, sponsoring public recitals, and arranging guest appearances with symphony orchestras.
See www.theFAYM.org for more information.
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To donate, make your tax-deductible contribution payable to F.A.Y.M. and send to:
c/o Harold L. Weller, Trustee
9513 Coral Way
Las Vegas, NV 89117
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