About Us

What is the Iowa City Music Auxiliary?

We are the parent organization dedicated to the support and enrichment of all performance music programs – band, orchestra, choir – in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD). These great programs are available to every student in the district, reaching students in 5th–12th grade.

What we support

During the 2021/2022 school year, we provided over $40,000 to our music programs, including:

    • New instruments for the growing elementary school bands and orchestras
    • Transportation (e.g., elementary and junior high tours, travel for high school performing groups)
    • Entry fees for competitions and honors ensembles
    • Direct support of elementary and junior high music programs
    • Uniform cleaning
    • Student awards

Our support significantly reduces the cost of music education for the families in our community!

Changing needs for the 2022-2023 school year

ICCSD is committed to delivering our high-quality Performance Music programs, so the need for financial support from parents and the community remains.

How can you join the Music Auxiliary?

Rather than charging a membership fee, we raise money for music activities by asking for donations:

    • through mailings
    • at concerts (ticket sales belong to the school district, so look for our collection boxes at the ticket table)
    • at special events like our Winter Salt Sale and Spring Garden Sale
    • through the ICCSD Foundation website (choose “Music Auxiliary” from campaign list):

Donate at the ICCSD Foundation

How else can you help?

    • Volunteer at one of our fundraisers
    • Become an at-large member
    • Join the executive board
      2022—2023 openings: Vice President and Secretary
    • Ask your child’s music director about becoming their parent representative

Each month, a parent representative from each ICCSD Band, Orchestra, and Choir program attends the Iowa City Music Auxiliary meeting.

2022-2023 School Year Meeting Dates:

All meetings will be held on the 4th Monday of the month at 7 pm. Three meetings will be held at the high schools, and the rest will be held through Zoom (updates to this schedule is coming soon).

        • September 26, 2022 (City High Orchestra Room)
        • October 24, 2022
        • November 28, 2022
        • (No meeting in December)
        • January 23, 2023
        • February 27, 2023
        • March 27, 2023
        • April 24, 2023
        • May 22, 2023

Roles and Responsibilities of a Parent Representative:

      • Attend monthly Auxiliary meetings (4th Monday of the month) and give director’s report.
        • A week or so before the MA meeting, you may need to email your director to remind him/her to send you and the MA secretary a copy of their monthly report
      • Participate on committees, such as:
        • Corporate fund raising
        • Winter salt sale
        • Merchandise
        • Spring garden sale
        • Social media
      • Take tickets/money at each concert you are a parent rep for
          • Get a list of parent emails from your director.  A week or so before each concert email parents and ask for 1-2 volunteers to help you take tickets/money at the concert.  This is a great way to other parents involved and maybe they will take on a larger MA responsibility in the future.
          • Find out from your director, for concerts where to get the following:
              • Programs and donor inserts
              • School district ticket signs
              • MA donation box
              • MA tri-fold poster
              • Orchid donor forms
              • Money box and family passes
      • Concert Procedures
          • MA sign displayed with the orchid donor letters nearby
          • Sign – price of tickets and family passes on the table where the money is taken
          • When someone purchases a family pass, they receive two passes (one for each parent). When a person presents a pass, that pass allows ALL family members (parents, children, grandparents, aunts, uncles, family friend, etc.) no matter how many.
      • Donor list inserted in the program
          • Music directors and parent rep need to discuss who will assemble.