Keeli's love for music started in the 6th grade when she began to play the viola in the school orchestra. She quickly became consumed with the instrument and devoted most of her free time to practicing and perfecting her craft. Keeli found her identity in music; it defined her. Keeli was able to express herself through music in a way she would not otherwise be able to. It was a beautiful outlet for her to shine her light through. Keeli loved playing in various orchestras such as the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Georgia All-state orchestra. One of Keeli's dreams was to attend the Manhattan School of Music in New York. She worked hard to achieve this goal and graduated from the conservatory with a bachelors degree in viola performance in 2009. Keeli met so many amazing people through the arts that became lifelong friends. Without a music program in public school, Keeli may not have ever found her passion. Please help us honor the life of Keeli Brendle by donating to the Save the Music Foundation so that other children can find their passion in music.
The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. Founded in 1997, VH1 Save The Music was the first organization in existence dedicated to restoring music programs in America's schools. For nearly 20 years, the foundation has donated over $53 million worth of new musical instruments to 2,024 public schools in 247 school districts around the country to date -- impacting the lives of more than 3 million public school students.