Donor Profile: Deborah K. Barron Music of the Heart Fund

A field of interest fund provides the donor with the choice to support initiatives within a specific area, such as the arts, music or education. The donor can then decide each year based on the fund’s description which nonprofit organization to award the distributions. In 2010, Debbie Barron’s family created the Deborah K. Barron Music of the Heart Fund to honor her and her love of music. The fund supports music appreciation, education and performances.

Born and raised in Washington County, Debbie developed a love of music, specifically the violin, at an early age. She graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music with a degree in Music Education. Debbie worked as a teacher in Buffalo, New York and Carroll County, Maryland and then as an adjunct professor at Western Maryland College. She also taught private violin lessons.

For the past two years, the fund has granted $2,200 in distributions to the Encore Community Music Association to provide scholarships to participants in the various programs offered there.

2018 Debbie Barron recipientLocated in Westminster, Maryland, Encore was created over 20 years ago to provide a full symphony orchestra for children, college students and community members with varying levels of abilities. Debbie co-founded and directed the Encore Community Orchestra as well as the Encore Academy, where she taught string instruments to homeschool students. Today, Encore has expanded tremendously to include an enrichment band and orchestra, a string chamber orchestra and symphonic band, a summer music camp and Encore Academy.

“I have played with Encore for the last three semesters now, after having been away from it for more than ten years, and it has been great to see the benefits of the scholarship firsthand,” said Debbie’s son Joey. “It’s so nice to see the money we’ve raised in my mother’s name go to a group that she helped to create and put so much of her life into growing. It’s also nice that we have someone to help select candidates that knew my mom for many years and is as interested as we are in seeing her legacy continue.”