Words of thanks from some of the 2022 State Conference Transportation Grants recipients:

Carey Shunskis


It was a great honor for ComMUSICation to perform at the State Conference this year and for our young singers to see how their music impacts the community. The biggest barrier to accessing programs like ours is transportation and this grant gave our youth the opportunity to share their voices and experiences on a very visible and distinguished platform. Thank you for uplifting these young voices!


Member of Angelica Cantanti

My name is Lizzy. I am in 8th grade and sing in the Concert Choir at ACYA. We recently had the honor to sing at the ACDA convention. Thank you for the transportation grant you gave us. It helped us a lot, and we are so happy to have been able to perform at such a fantastic event. It was a unique experience, and I speak for everyone when I say we are proud to have had the opportunity. Thank you.

Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs would like to thank the FMC Endowment committee for the transportation grant that allowed us to bus our 60 singers from Bloomington to the concert site in Mahtomedi for the 2022 State Conference. It meant so much to our middle school singers to be able to perform for the audience of music educators and professionals at the conference. It was an ideal first performance of the season for these singers and it left them energized and proud of the hard work they had put into rehearsals. Our singers could feel the energy from the audience, and after the performance one Angelica student said, “It was fun to sing for people who love singing as much as I do!” Thank you for helping us share our love of choral singing.

Audrey Riddle

Executive Director
Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs

Judy Sagen

Artistic Director
Minnesota Valley Women’s Chorale

Dear FMC Endowment Committee,

It was a great honor for The Minnesota Valley Women’s Chorale to perform at the State ACDA Conference this fall. We would like to thank you for the transportation grant.  This grant allowed us to cover the costs of the bus for over 80 women. Many of our members are older and knowing that they could ride the bus to and from Eagan made this experience easy and enjoyable. Performing at the ACDA Conference was truly a peak experience for our choir and we really appreciate the financial help that you provided. Thank you, again.