Chiho Okuizumi Feindler
Senior Director of Programs & Policy
Chiho Okuizumi Feindler is the Senior Director of Programs and Policy for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, responsible for the implementation of award winning national initiatives committed to restoring music education in America’s public schools and to raising public awareness about the benefits of music education. Ms. Feindler completed rebuilding of instrumental music education in such cities as Buckeye, AZ; St. John the Baptist Parish, La; Columbia Heights, MN; Trenton, NJ, and directly manage ongoing partnerships in cities across the United States including Denver, CO; Miami, FL; Chicago, IL; Las Vegas, NV; Newark, NJ; New York, NY; and the state of West Virginia. She created Encore grant program and Ensemble Academy to further Save The Music Foundation’s mission.
Ms. Feindler has presented at numerous state and national educator conferences including Arts Education Partnerships National Convening, SXSW Edu, KIPP Summits, and National Association for Music Education Eastern Region Conference and provides consultation to communities throughout the United States as they face challenges that jeopardize arts education. She serves on the Arts Education Partnership ESSA Working Group, National Association for Music Education’s Policy Roundtable and the Sphinx New York City Advocacy Board. She was a recipient of 2017 Casio Leadership in Music Education Award.
Native of Japan, Ms. Feindler holds Bachelor of Science Degree in music therapy with emphasis in special education and psychology and Master of Arts degree in euphonium performance. She was a former Director of Education and Community Engagement at New Jersey Symphony Orchestra where she was responsible for the Symphony’s education and outreach programs reaching over 900,000 residents in New Jersey.
Christian serves as the Program Coordinator, representing the Foundation at educational conferences nationwide, and helping oversee grantees. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy from Princeton University in June 2016, where his independent work focused on education reform in low-income communities. He minored in French Language & Culture, culminating in a 12-week summer research project in Paris and Nice, France after his junior year. As an undergraduate, Christian volunteered as a Big Sib, mentoring local elementary school students. A native of Laurel, Maryland, Christian was involved in music through each stage of his childhood education. He began taking piano lessons and playing the clarinet in 4th grade. Christian has played the clarinet to alto saxophone, and was very involved with his high school jazz band. He currently resides in Brooklyn, playing guitar and writing RnB music in his free time.
Overview of VH1 STMF: The VH1 Save The Music Foundation, Inc. is a New York 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps kids, schools, and communities realize their full potential through the power of making music. Founded in 1997, VH1 Save The Music was the first organization in existence dedicated to restoring music programs. Over the past 20 years, the Foundation has donated $53 million worth of new musical instruments to over 2,000 public schools in 257 school districts around the country – impacting the lives of millions of public school students. Get involved at vh1savethemusic.org – Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @vh1savethemusic.
We are a national organization that donates instruments to public schools to foster and advocate for instrumental music education. We can bring national perspective to Newark and also eager to live amongst Newark community.
Services provided by VH1 STMF: Instruments, equipment, method books, program supports and professional development