I was delighted to have the chance to speak before the piece and say what I truly felt about you and the organization. What you have achieved with these kids is amazing. I never really saw them all together nor heard the stories of the group’s beginning. Hearing those 2 girls at the dinner speak at what YPC meant to them brought tears to my eyes (being a teacher at heart myself). I hope you can take in what an amazing thing you are doing for these kids–as well as the composers like me who are lucky enough to work with them. Sometimes it can be hard, when you’re in the middle of things, to really take in what you’re accomplishing–but it is extraordinary. It has been a privilege and a joy to work with you and the group. Please tell them how much I adore them. I hope some day children will speak about me the way those girls spoke about you. That was the real thing–the thing that really matters and it’s you who make it all possible. Congratulations on who you are and what you do.