Margaret Bernstein’s Mother, Bunty Kelley Bernstein, dies at age 92

Bunty dancing

Bunty dancing in Sleeping Beauty with the Royal Ballet in London during the 1930’s

Margaret Bernstein’s Mother, former dancer, Bunty Kelley Bernstein, passed away peacefully in her home in Delmar, New York on Thursday, August 17th, 2017 at the age of ninety two after a battle with cancer. At the request of Bunty, no funeral or memorial service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the SAFE through the arts bullying prevention program at Azalea Blossom, Incorporated, POB 21777, Brooklyn, NY, 11202 or at http://www.azaleablossom.com/support/donate

Bunty Kelley Bernstein (Nee’ Helen Margaret Douglas Kelley) was born on April 11, 1925 in London, England to Scottish parents- Nell Dunlop Kelley and John Douglas Kelley, an editor for Shell-Mex BP oil magazine. Bunty’s spent her childhood living in Chelsea, London and spending her holidays with her parents, her Great Aunt, Katerina Forbes Dunlop (the headmistress of the England’s oldest boarding school) and her brother Peter in the sea-side town of Winchelsea in East Sussex. She began formal ballet lessons at age eight and went on to study with Margaret Craske and her assistant Mabel Ryan a few years later. Bunty began her professional career at an early age beginning with small character roles in movies and left school to pursue a full time position as a pantomime dancer at the age of twelve.

Bunty performed in La Concurrence, a ballet choreographed by George Balanchine, in the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo before embarking upon a full time career with the Royal Ballet Company (then Sadlers Wells) in 1939. During the interim while the Sadlers Wells theater was closed during the Second World War, Bunty performed with the Rambert Ballet Company for noontime concerts. She continued to dance with Sadlers Wells when it reconvened in 1941 in order to perform for British troops in France and Belgium. Soon afterwards, Bunty performed in several musical shows including Lisbon Story, Jenny Jones and Gay Rosalinda in London before accepting a position with choreographer Agnes De Mille in the film ‘London Town”. In 1946, Bunty left London to join Ms. De Mille in America to perform in the production of Oklahoma on Broadway.

During her tenure with Agnes De Mille, Bunty performed various roles in numerous films and Broadway musicals. Some of the highlights included the following films: Oklahoma, , Carousel, Pajama Game, The Best Things in Life are Free, Anything Goes and Silk Stockings and the following musical shows: Oklahoma, Gentlemen Prefer Blonds, Goldilocks and Brigadoon (Broadway) and Brigadoon (London). In addition, she performed in California and in Myrtle Beach for the Indian Master Meher Baba of whom she was a devotee.

Bunty began her ballet teaching career while she was still performing beginning with private classes in Los Angeles and in New York City. She began teaching ballet classes at the Bronx House Music School and went on to teach at the Metropolitan Opera House where she taught until the early 1960’s. She began teaching in the Dance Department at Adelphi Univeristy under the Chairmanship of Harry Bernstein on Long Island in 1959 where she taught and eventually received status as Associate Professor until the early 1970’s. In 1960, she married Harry Bernstein and in 1962 they gave birth to a daughter, Margaret Jean, who eventually became a professional musician.

In the spring of 1974, she began teaching at BOCES Cultural Arts Center (now known as Long Island School of the Arts), where she stayed for twenty years. During her time there, she taught many promising dancers who went on to pursue professional careers in dance including Michael Trusnovec, soloist with the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Upon her retirement, Bunty volunteered with a number of organizations including the Garden City nursery school, Hempstead Public Schools and Azalea Blossom, Incorporated where she served on the Board of Directors for several years.

Bunty resided in Garden City on Long Island, New York from August, 1966 until October, 2012 where she moved to Delmar in Upstate, New York. In the last few years of her life, she was active in supporting the budding percussion career of her grandson, Julian Jacobs. She is survived by her daughter, Flutist/songwriter Margaret Jean Bernstein, her grandson, percussionist/drummer Julian Jacobs and nieces and nephews.

Bunty’s Danceology

  • Hiawatha (Spirit of love, ensemble in the Spring Ballet), Royal Albert Hall, 1937
  • Charity Event for the waifs and strays ( (Spirit of a birthday cake), Royal Albert Hall, 1938 (attended by Queen Mary)
  • Birthday Party for Queen Mary (Spirit of a birthday cake), Grosvenor House, 1938
  • Beauty and the Beast Pantomime (Snowflake), Lyceum Theater, 1938
  • Imperial Society annual congress (German dancer), 1938
  • Queen of Hearts Pantomime (Cupid), Lyceum Theater, 1938 (costume made by Manya)
  • Cecchetti Society All Star charity event for the School for the Blind, (The Little Mermaid), (Choreography by Margaret Craske). (Also featured Anthony Tudor and Hugh Laing), London Palladium in Oxford Circus, 1938
    • La Concurrence (“The child”), ( ballet choreographed by George Balanchine with  the Ballet Russe of Monte Carlo, Covent Garden, 1939
    • The Sleeping Princess (AKA “Sleeping Beauty”), (Page to the Rose Fairy, Red Riding Hood), with Sadlers Wells (Royal Ballet), 1940
    • Coppelia (Coppelia the doll; soloist in the betrothal dance) With Sadlers Wells (Royal Ballet), 1940
    • The Prospect Before Us (AKA “Pity the Poor Dancers), (A street urchin), with Sadlers Wells (Royal Ballet), 1940
    • Casse Noisette (AKA Nutcracker Ballet) (Mouse, Reed flute in Les Mirlitons) with Sadlers Wells (Royal Ballet)
    • The Wise Virgins (cherub) with Sadlers Wells (Royal Ballet)
    • Dante Sonata (Child of Darkness) With Sadlers Wells (Royal Ballet)
    • Le Lac de Cygnes (AKA Swan Lake) (in quartet of the little swans in act 2 and a black cygnet in act 3; Solo in trio at ball) with Sadlers Wells (Royal Ballet)
    • Giselle (dancer in quartet in act 1 and will in act 2) with Sadlers Wells (Royal Ballet)
    • Facade ( an Ecossaise AKA “Scottish Dancer”; Soloist as the milkmaid) with Sadlers Wells (Royal Ballet)
    • Les Sylphides (a Sylph) with Sadlers Wells (Royal Ballet)
    • Comus (a pig) with Sadlers Wells (Royal Ballet)
    • Rake’s Progress (Dancer in tavern) with Sadlers Wells (Royal Ballet)
    • Les Patineurs (Soloist as Fouette’ Girl and Ice Skater) with Sadlers Wells (Royal Ballet)
    • Lisbon Story (dancer), Palace Theater, London (1943)
    • Jenny Jones (dancer), London (1944)
    • Gay Rosalinda (member of the ballet), Palace Theater, London (1945)
    • London Town (dancer in the film choreographed by Agnes De Mille (1945)
      • Oklahoma (the girl who falls down) in the Broadway show choreographed by Agnes De Mille), St. James Theater, NYC  (1946)
      • Brigadoon (fish monger in the Broadway show choreographed by Agnes De Mille), Ziegfeld Theater, NYC (1947)
      • Rape of Lucretia (Prostitute in the opera choreographed by Agnes De Mille), Ziegfeld Theater, NYC (1948)
      • Brigadoon (Jean McLaren in the show choreographed by Agnes DeMille), Manchester Opera House and His Majesty’s Theater, London, UK (1949)
      • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Dancer in the Broadway show choreographed by Agnes De Mille), Ziegfeld Theater, NYC and at Palace Theater, Chicago (1951)
      • Neptune Music Circus (various roles in a collection of one week runs of shows including Brigadoon, Carousel, Bloomer Girl, Merry Widow, Desert Song and Annie Get Your Gun) Asbury Park, New Jersey (1952)
      • Ballet Theater (AKA American Ballet Theater), (Girl dancer), Rodeo (Ballet choreographed by Agnes De Mille), NYC (1952)
      • Aida, La Boheme, Cavalleria Rusticana, Salome and other operas (dancer and members of the chorus), Metropolitan Opera Company (1952)
      • Agnes De Mille’s Dance Theater on tour (1953-54), US and Canada
      • The Glenn Miller Story (Film featuring Gene Krupa and James Stewart), 1954
      • Oklahoma (The movie choreographed by Agnes De Mille), 1955
      • Guys and Dolls (The movie choreographed by Michael Kidd), 1955
      • Marty (The movie featuring Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair ),1955
      • Funny Girl (The movie featuring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire), 1956
      • Carousel (The movie choreographed by Rod Alexander), 1956
      • The Vagabond King (The movie choreographed by Hanya Holmes), 1956
      • Anything Goes (The movie choreographed by Roland Petit), 1956
      • The Best Things in Life are Free (The movie choreographed by Rod Alexander and Bill Foster), 1956
      • Black Bottom (a dance from “The Best Things in Life are Free” with Tex Hightower for Meher Baba), San Francisco, 1956
      • Pajama Game (The movie choreographed by Bob Fosse), 1957
      • Gun Fight at the OK Corral (The movie featuring Burt Lancester), 1957
      • Silk Stockings (Movie featuring Cyd Charisse and Peter Lorre choreographed by Eugene Loring) 1957
      • Goldilocks ( Maid in duet with Kelly Brown in Broadway Show Choreographed by Agnes De Mille ), Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC  (1958-59)
      • Les Patineurs (Dance with Marie Adair, Peter Saul, Naomi Westervelt, Zebra Nevins, Joe Fabian, and Jean Cebron for Meher Baba), The Barn, Meher Center, Myrtle Beach , 1958

December 2016 Notes and News

Welcome back to the Growing Azalea Music notes and news! 

If you missed us this past year, we missed you too! Please stay tuned to the newsletter from our sister organization, Azalea Blossom, which will be replacing the Growing Azalea Music letter for the time being. You can expect the first Azalea Blossom letter next week!

New Email addresses! 

We have new email addresses! We would like to stay in touch with all of you so please take note of the following changes:

New CD- Songs from SAFE through the arts 

SAFE Azalea Blossom has recently produced a CD, “Songs from SAFE through the arts”, which was released on the Growing Azalea Music on i tunes and CD Baby on September 20th. “Songs from SAFE through the arts” consist of the nine songs from the SAFE through the arts bullying prevention program. All of the songs contain positive empowering messages for young children. Great news is that the CD is currently being considered for a Grammy nomination for best children’s album. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/azaleablossom 

Holiday Sales- Cyber Monday prices extended

All of Margaret’s solo albums released on the Growing Azalea Music label are available at reduced pricing on CD Baby this holiday season! These include her two instrumental CD’s- “Full Circle” and “On the Threshold of Change” as well as her two singer-songwriter releases- “Bricks in the Wall” and “Distant Thunder”. Perfect for the holiday season,  we also have a special “Holiday & Lullaby” digital album featuring Margaret’s flute playing on original arrangements of holiday favorites. In addition, Margaret’s original holiday single “North Pole” features Margaret on vocals, piano and flute and her son Julian on percussion and violin. We are offering special reduced pricing of $7.99 an album has been extended through Sunday, December 4th.  Visit CD baby to hear sample selections of the music and to take advantage of these special savings.  As always, thank you for supporting independent musicians! http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/MargaretBernstein 

Introducing Beguine! 

Margaret is completely thrilled to announce the formation of her new musical ensemble, “Beguine” featuring pianist Mark Kelso and cellist Gabriel Dresdale and  Margaret on flute. The mission of “Beguine” is to provide original compositions and arrangements of traditional pieces from an array of culture in order to inspire, heal and unify. http://www.gamusic.com/booking-events/beguine/

Music for your Holiday Party or Special Occasion 

Do you need music for your holiday party, wedding or other upcoming special occasion? Please consider hiring a classical musical ensemble from Growing Azalea Music. Margaret is also available to play solo flute and piano at your special event. http://www.gamusic.com/booking-weddings 

News from Azalea Blossom 

It has been a busy year at Azalea Blossom, Incorporated, Growing Azalea Music’s sister 501c3 non profit organization. We have had industrious interns from four accredited Colleges and Universities new Board of directors as well as . We are anticipating our SAFE through the Arts program to be in schools this upcoming February. Stay in tune for our upcoming letter next week. www.AzaleaBlossom.com 

Welcome Frances! 

In addition to our industrious interns, Frances Pilato is one of our newest additions to our team. She is the assistant office manager at Growing Azalea Music where she is responsible for imputing data and shipping CD’s. http://www.gamusic.com/gam-team

Inspiration 

People of Inspiration- Our Wonderful Interns!

The inspirational people of the month are the five industrious interns, who have graced the Azalea Blossom and Growing Azalea Music office during the last year! Meet Kristen, Amy, Faith, Tyler and Emilee and learn about their valuable contributions to our organizations. http://www.margaretbernstein.com/inspiration 

Place of Inspiration- Prince Edward Island

In honor of her recent travel there, Margaret’s featured inspirational place is Prince Edward Island, Canada. http://www.margaretbernstein.com/inspiration 

In Need of Prayer 
  • To Everyone in need of a friend, anyone in need of food and shelter and all people and animals who are suffering-mentally, physically or emotionally that they may receive the love, comfort, peace and support that they need this holiday season.
Quote of the Month

“ Be the change you want to see in the world”- Mahatma Gandhi

December Notes & News

Please Support the SAFE Through the Arts CD on Generosity.com!

Your tax deductible donation of any amount is needed in order for us to be able to move forward with the SAFE through the Arts program.

SAFE through the Arts, an educational program utilizing the creative and performing arts to empower youth and prevent violent behaviors including bullying, gives students skills to help build their self esteem. Thus, increase knowledge and understanding of their self-worth to develop positive interactions with peers, teachers and parents. In our ever-changing turbulent world, it is crucial that young children learn how to affirm and empower themselves.

Music has always been an important vehicle for social change. All children (especially young children) respond to the melodic and rhythmic components of music, which is why the SAFE through the Arts CD needs to be a vital part of the SAFE through the Arts program for the PreK and Kindergarten population.

You can make your tax exempt donation to the SAFE through the Arts CD on www.Generosity.com. Thank you for your support! www.AzaleaBlossom.com/safe-arts/about-safe-through-the-arts/

Where to Purchase Margaret’s CD’s this Holiday Season

Margaret’s four solo albums of her Uplifting Instrumental music and Socially Awakened Songs are available for purchase this holiday season in addition to a special holiday & lullaby digital album and a special holiday single “North Pole”. We offer reduced pricing for the holiday season. Please visit our stores to hear sample selections of the music! Thank you for supporting independent musicians. www.MargaretBernstein.com/store www.gamusic.com/store

Music Available for Your Special Event
Whether you need music for an upcoming holiday event or are planning a wedding in your near future, Growing Azalea Music has ensembles of different instrumentals and sizes to meet your needs. www.gamusic.com/#

Upcoming Performances
Margaret’s Upstate New York performances include an appearance at Rural Residence (316 Warren Street) during the Winter Walk in Hudson this Saturday, December 5, from 5 – 8 PM and a performance with the Village Voices at Conkling Hall in Rensselaerville on Saturday, December 19. www.gamusic.com/performances/ www.MargaretBernstein.com/performances/

Welcome Linda!
Growing Azalea Music would like to welcome Linda Gaeta, a music industry veteran, to our office. Linda will be assuming the role of Operations Manager.

Inspiration

Inspirational Person
In honor of his birthday this month, the inspirational person of the month is Margaret’s Godfather, Tex Hightower. www.margaretbernstein.com/inspiration/

Inspirational Place
The Inspirational place for the month of December is New York City’s borough of Brooklyn. www.margaretbernstein.com/inspiration/

Acknowledgements

Congratulations

– Congratulations to Azalea Blossom’s Secretary Andrea Gross on her new job as an inbound sales representative at Time Warner Cable, her new home, and for acquiring some of Margaret’s chickens.


In Need of Prayer

– To everyone in need of a friend, anyone in need of food and shelter and all people and animals who are suffering-mentally, physically or emotionally. May they may receive the love, comfort, peace and support they need this holiday season.

Birthdays

Julian J, Ellen R, Danny E, Voke E, Katherine H, Gilian J, Becky C, Tom L, Tex H, Jeff W, Sage A, Jayme A, Chelsea F, Sara D-H, Maryann D-R, Karen R, Lauris W, Mani I, Mehera I, Marc D, Thomas K, Brian D, Daniel L, Taylor P, Harley M, Brad M, Susan A, Pris H, Julie R, Noreen G, Gary K, Alexandra S, Radha F, Lisa S, Tamara M. Debbie G, Tara T, Scott M, Ellen V, Naja A, Julie R, David M, Donita M, Liane B, Loretta L, Jamie C.

Quote of the Month

“I believe that love is the greatest thing in the world; that it alone can overcome hate; that right can and will triumph over might.” (John Rockefeller)

November Notes & News

Please help fund the SAFE through the Arts CD!

You can be in an integral part of the success of the SAFE through the Arts violence prevention program by helping to fund the SAFE through the Arts CD on Generosity.com. Donations to the fan-funded campaign, which will run November 23rd through December 23rd, will be utilized towards the recording of  seven original songs, which Margaret wrote to help young children learn how to empower themselves. From “Happy Hands and Friendly Feet” (reinforcing appropriate ways for children to interact with one another) to “Have you heard the Word Bird” (reminding children to use kind and polite words), all of the songs are based upon the three key components of the SAFE through the Arts program: Self-Affirmation, Financial empowerment and Education of non-violence.
New Locations for Flute Lessons
In addition to teaching flute lessons in her Upstate New York studio, Margaret is now teaching flute lessons for all ages and levels in New York City! For inquired for lessons in Brooklyn and Manhattan, please contact contact@gamusic.com

Inspiration

Inspiration Person

In honor of her birth day this month, Margaret’s Godmother and namesake, the legendary ballet teacher, is the inspirational person of the month.

Inspiration Place
The serene trails and waterfalls of the Huyck preserve located in Rensselaerville, (Southern Albany County) New York is the inspirational place of the month of November.

Acknowledgments

Birthdays
Megan O, Heidi S, Tori K, Dax O, Marla B, Christina N, Bill G, Daphne P, Denise D, Liz C, Leela S, Elizabeth C,  Carrie P,  TR L, Grant B, Twain B, Damien T, Lydia O, Maraiya L, Marc F, Heather L, Jenny Z,  Miss Craske, Laurie S, Olivia M, Laura P, Wendy R, Susan G, Carol M, Jennifer W, Amy M, Billy G, Bob E, Linda H, Emma P, Lisa G, Eva C, Michael P, Kelly M, Kim G, Drisana L, Betty L, Bob B, Melody D, Michael L, Aaron C

Congratulations
  • To Tasha Houghton and her horse Renzo for winning the 5 Star Grand Prix at the HITS Thermal Horse Park in California.
  • To Michelle and Arielle Tepperman on the recent birth of their daughter, Noa.

In Need of Prayer
  • To all the people directly or indirectly affected by the recent terrorist attack in France.
  • To all those who are in need of food, comfort, safety or shelter this Thanksgiving season.
Quote of the Month
“Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.” ~Native American Saying

October Notes & News

News from Azalea Blossom/ SAFE through the Arts

In honor of Domestic violence awareness month this October, please consider making a small contribution to Azalea Blossom, Incorporated, the non profit organization, which Margaret founded for the awareness, education and prevention of domestic violence and child abuse through the utilization of the performing and creative Arts. Azalea Blossom is currently seeking funding for the “Bricks in the Wall” women’s shelter project as well as for a CD of seven original songs, which will accompany the SAFE through the Arts Pre-K/Kindergarten program. The original songs, all of which were written by Margaret, are geared towards empowering young children through lessons about self- esteem, getting along with others, and managing emotions. All contributions are tax exempt and can be made via PayPal. Thanks in advance for your generous support!
www.AzaleaBlossom.com/donations

Inspiration

Inspirational Person of the Month

Margaret’s father, Harry Bernstein, who would have turned ninety-eight years old earlier this month, is the Inspirational Person of the Month of October.

Inspirational Place of the Month

In honor of her class reunion later this month, the Waldorf School of Garden City, where Margaret spent the first ten years of her academic life, is the Inspirational Place of the Month of October.

www.MargaretBernstein.com/inspiration

Acknowledgements

Birthdays

Kayla C, Harry B, Jean C, Ed S, Bethany H, Mathea R Suzanne E, Yolanda V-K, Caris A, Nancy D, Barb S, Sarah R, Cindy O, Ann H, Danny C, Don S, Greg C, Janine H, Karen S, Melissa M, Suzanne D, Don S, Susanne R, Nicole M, Nicole B, Kim D, Peter C, Lance P, Amber V-P, Nick P, Tasos A, Gandhi, St. Francis, Betsy D, Dave S, Terry B, Lukkia G, Adrienne S, James N, Cynthia C-G, Donna P, Ela S, David L. Marilyn T, Jeanette M, Robert I, Andrea C, John A, Joe B, Tayla B, Alexandra C, Kate T, Brendan M, Deeda R, Eileen C, Jacqui S, Oliver Rufus Doggie Dog

Congratulations

• To all Recording Academy members who submitted music for consideration for the 2016 Grammy award ceremony.

• For everyone who has had the courage to make a change.

In Need of Prayer

• In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month – All victims of domestic and/or social violence that they may get the help and peace that they need and deserve.

• In honor of Cancer awareness month – To anyone currently fighting cancer and to all the families who have lost to loved one to cancer.

Quote of the Month

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. “ – Coco Chanel.

September 2015 Notes & News

News from Azalea Blossom/ SAFE through the Arts: New Project in need of Funding
Azalea Blossom, Incorporated is currently seeking funding for the CD of seven original songs, which will accompany the SAFE through the Arts Pre-K/Kindergarten program. The original songs, all of which were written by Margaret, are geared towards empowering young children through lessons about self- esteem, getting along with others, and managing emotions. All contributions are tax exempt and can be made via PayPal. Thanks in advance for your generous support! www.AzaleaBlossom.com/donations

“Another World” on iTunes.
In commemoration of 911, please consider listening to “Another World”, which can be purchased on iYunes. Margaret wrote “Another World” after she and her son boarded the last train along the Hudson River out from New York City on that memorable day. Deanna Jones Falchook graces the song with her beautiful vocals.
www.MargaretBernstein.com/store www.gamusic.com/store

Inspiration

Inspirational Person of the Month
In honor of a brand new school year, Margaret’s former flute professor at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music is the inspirational person of the month.

Inspirational Place of the Month
In honor of Margaret’s son joining the freshman class there this month, Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music is the Inspirational Place of the Month.
www.MargaretBernstein.com/inspiration

Acknowledgements

Birthdays

Laura K, Joel M, Kimberly C, Barbara K, Benjamin B, Nick C, Lisa R-D, Nelta M, Dan N, Rob E, Ryan M, Lou G, Susan S, Ed M, Gard C, Alex O, Rain L, Raphael R, Karen N, Karen B, Rick D, Liz R, Elliot M, Wayne, Sharon D, Kya M, Laura V, Sierra P, Sonya S, Narayan C, Malak D, Mehernoush M, Kitty M, Kelsey K, Doug S, Michael F,    Pamela B-S, Norina E, Carl E, Liz H, Darlene K, Teresa M, John D, Anamyn A, Leslie W, Scott B, Dan S, Bif S

Congratulations
– To Colleen and David Flick, Barb Morrison and Clayre Saxon, and Rochelle Rowle and Micha Kuhar on their recent marriages.
– To Eva and Dain Karlsen upon the recent birth of their grandchild.
– To all college freshman everywhere.

In Need of Prayer
– To all teachers that they may guide and educate with wisdom, compassion and love.
– To all young adults beginning their college or professional careers that they may make wise and elegant choices.
– To everyone living  in a climate in need of rain.

Quote of the Month
“ You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.” ~Yogi Bhajan

August 2015 Notes and News

News from Azalea Blossom: New Curriculum for SAFE through the Arts

Margaret has been hard at work this summer at revising the SAFE through the Arts curriculum for the Pre-K and Kindergarten population. The newly revamped curriculum includes seven original songs and eight puppet scripts all geared towards educating young children to empower themselves and get along with others. SAFE through the Arts is an violence prevention educational program utilizing the creative and performing Arts. It is based upon the three key components of Self- Affirmation, Financial literacy and Education of non-violence. For further information, please visit www.AzaleaBlossom.com

 

Inspiration

Inspirational Person of the Month
In celebration of her birthday this month, the inspirational person of the month is Margaret’s long-time friend, Deanna Dunning Schwartz.

Inspirational Place of the Month
In honor of Margaret’s recent visit, the inspirational place of the month is Mariposa, California in the foothills of Yosemite National Park.
www.MargaretBernstein.com/inspiration

Acknowledgements

Birthdays


Janet N, Lois J, Season B, Drew G, Deanna D-S, Deanna F, Ann P, Ravinder S, Cecilia N, Doran C, Ed H, Mary H, Kitty D, Adam A, Mimi F, Daniel F, Darienne D, Anna P, Jackson D-H, Aedan E, Sammy L, Max L, Arianna W, Catie Z-R, Brendan H, Julien A, Jessica P, Sydney R, Beverly S, Charlie and Tommy E, Arolee D, Paul W, Katie D, Bill C, Peggy J, Oriana M

Congratulations
-To Scott and Sue Sackstein and their family upon the birth of their new grandchild, Ariah.
-To Kevin Lucas on his recent Global Music Award for his album, “Echoes in the Sand”.

In Need of Prayer

-To Marshall Hay and his extended family during this time of healing.
-To everyone in a major life transition, especially those seeking new employment and/or right livelihood.
-To anyone in need of shelter, safety, nurturing, compassion or love.

Quote of the Month

“People are like stained windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

July Notes & News

News from Azalea Blossom- New Board of Directors and Program Director!

Azalea Blossom, the not for profit 501c3 organization, which Margaret founded dedicated to the prevention, awareness and education of domestic violence and child abuse has a new Board of Directors and Program Director. We are delighted to appoint former board member Jocelyn Stoddard as the new President; Longtime board member Katie Cross as the Vice President; Former board member Andrea Gross as Secretary/ Treasurer; and Ariana Williams as our newest board member. Margaret Bernstein has re-assumed the role of Program Director. Soon you will be able to read about their background and expertise of all our board members, staff and volunteers on our website. Learn more about our mission and the SAFE through the Arts violence prevention program as well as ways in which you can help at www.AzaleaBlossom.com

Employment opportunity at Growing Azalea Music

Growing Azalea Music has an opening for an Office Manager beginning 30 hours a week in mid August or early September. We are currently looking for a qualified individual with music industry background preferred in the Renssleaerville (Albany New York) office to double as our marketing and licensing director. For further information including job responsibilities and pay, please inquire at contact@gamusic.com
Inspiration

Inspirational Person
In honor of her July birthday, Margaret’s beloved Great Aunt, Katherina Forbes Dunlop, is the inspirational person of the month. www.margaretbernstein.com/inspiration/

Inspirational Place
Margaret’s old stomping ground, Point Reyes National Seashore, is the inspirational place for the month of July. www.margaretbernstein.com/inspiration/

Acknowledgements

Congratulations
– To Leanne and Christopher Bath on the birth of their daughter, Brooklyn Elise.

– To Gale and Greg on their recent marriage.

In Need of Prayer
– To anyone who in pain – be it physical, mental or emotional suffering.
– To everyone who is grieving a loss – be it the loss of a loved one (friend, family member, pet) or employment.

Birthdays
Margaret B, Katherina FD, Marilyn L, Iris O, Alek S, Clare M, Marlena A, Ruth G, Diane N, Diane S, Maria M, Jeanette R, Mary W, Mary G, Alexandra M, Faith A, Kyla P, Leela G, Dennis S, Rose R, Abe B, Ben B, Andrea T, Chris O, James M, Susan W, Richard R, Rob S, Alyson P, Ed L, Marty G, Marshall H, Katherine L, Vanessa M, Mandy K, Kevin C, Jordan E, Olayinka P, John S, Cassie B, Nancy G, Laurie C, Tony F, April C, Colin A, Beth G, Peggy S, Dana F, Kacee W, Jamie N, Tom M, Katie R, Mary T, Ava and Marlowe O, Cecca W, Nan W, Prudence H, Ziek P, Dorothy C, Syd B, Kathy M, Mira K, Melody B, Ed H, Holly H, Dana F, Terri B, Beck K, Willa H, Kim A, Tom D.

Quote of the Month
“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).

June Notes & News

Julian Graduates from Greenville High School

The biggest and all consuming event in Margaret’s life is the upcoming graduation of her son, Julian Song Jacobs, from Greenville High School. Julian will be attending Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in the fall as a dual degree student majoring in Classical and Jazz Percussion and Environmental Studies.
www.julianjacobspercussion.com

Roots and Wings Performed
Margaret’s song, “Roots and Wings”, which she wrote for the Greenville High School Class of 2015 as a tribute to their teachers and parents, was performed at the senior Baccalaureate service Friday, June 19th at St. John the Devine in Greenville, New York.
http://www.gamusic.com/performances

News from Azalea Blossom
Azalea Blossom, the not-for-profit 501c3 organization, which Margaret dedicated to the prevention, awareness and education of domestic violence and child abuse is gearing up to launch the newly revamped SAFE through the Arts program targeted towards the Pre-K and K population. SAFE through the Arts is an educational violence-prevention and empowerment  program utilizing the creative and performing arts as its main mode of instruction. Learn more about it as well as ways you can help at  www.AzaleaBlossom.com

Inspiration
Inspirational Place of the Month

In recognition of Margaret’s son Julian’s recently becoming a recipient of the annual Edmund Niles Huyck award for his aptitude and interest in pursuing Environmental Studies. The Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station located in beautiful Rensselaerville, New York is the inspirational place for the month of June.

Inspirational Person of the Month
In honor of Father’s Day this month, the inspirational person for the month of June is Margaret’s father, the late Professor of Dance, Harry Bernstein.
www.MargaretBernstein.com/inspiration

Acknowledgements

Birthdays


Charlie N, Ariel H, Sam Z, Julie K, Docky R, Jane B, Gary G, Jess J, Nina S, Andrea M, Jimmy P, Chris R, Meg L, Joanne H, Rick L, Emi K, Patty P, Mitzie B, Matthew L, Chelsea C, Ben G, Paul B, Obe G, John M, Dick M, Kersti D, Barbara H, Louise C, Faith R, Rog C, Lydia M, Benjamin F, Mona S, Nora S, Tasha H

Congratulations
– To Erica Hodgin and Dana Brook on the recent birth of their son, Matteo Sheriar and Sean D’Alessandro on the recent birth of his daughter, Annabelle Marissa.
– To Julian Jacobs on being the recipient of the Tommy Ipolito Scholarship, endorsed by the Albany New York Musicians Union.
– To Rachel Co-Scharff for being a National Merit Scholarship recipient.
– To Greenville High School Class of 2015 and all seniors from the Empire State Youth Orchestra for ALL of their wonderful college/music conservatory acceptances and achievements.

In Need of Prayer
To everyone who has recently experienced a loss of a loved one.
To anyone who is experiencing health challenges.

Quote of the month
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”- Eleanor Roosevelt

May Notes and News 2015

Upcoming Performances
Growing Azalea Music is highlighting the performances of Margaret’s son, Julian Jacobs this month as he performs his last few concerts with the youth jazz, percussion and orchestral ensembles of the Empire State Youth Orchestra before embarking upon his career at Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a dual jazz and classical percussion major. Please visit our websites in order to receive all the updated information.
www.gamusic.com
www.julianjacobspercussion.com
News from Azalea Blossom
Azalea Blossom, the not for profit 501c3 organization, which Margaret dedicated to the prevention, awareness and education of domestic violence and child abuse is gearing up to launch the newly revamped SAFE through the Arts program targeted towards the Prek and K population. SAFE through the Arts is an educational violence-prevention and empowerment program utilizing the creative and performing arts as its main mode of instruction. Learn more about it as well as ways in which you can help at

www.AzaleaBlossom.com
Inspiration
Inspirational Person of the Month
In honor of Mother’s Day, the inspirational person of the month is Margaret’s friend Carina Iezzy.

Inspirational Place of the Month
The inspirational place for the month of May is Kaaterskill Falls, which is located in the beautiful Catskill mountains of New York.
www.MargaretBernstein.com/inspiration
Acknowledgements
Birthdays


Mary Kate C, Niomi P, Katie C, Rebecca R, Paul H, Gus S, Scott H, Serena K, Erin O, Kerry M, Ellie K, Leslie C, Don R, George Rose, Tracy W, Gabriella P, Darren C, Astrid M, Claudia R, Dina SG, Kasheem, Larry T, Jill B, Rustom M, Nicki T, Deb W, Hana P, Jerry W, Judy M, Alyssa L, Don O, Adam W, Rob T, Barry K, Betty R

Congratulations

  • To high school and college seniors everywhere for their hard work and persistence resulting in acceptances into prestigious Colleges, Universities, and Music Conservatories Masters programs throughout the Nation and abroad.
  • To recent college and music conservatory graduates.

In Need of Prayer

  • To everyone who is experiencing a recent loss and especially to those missing a mother or child this Mother’s Day.
  • To anyone undergoing a particularly emotionally challenging time.
  • To anyone suffering mentally, physically and/or spiritually.

Quote of the Month
“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” ~Honoré de Balzac