Jennifer Heemstra, Founder
Jennifer Heemstra, professional pianist and entrepreneur, earned her Master of Music from The Cleveland Institute of Music and a Bachelor of Music with University Honors from Michigan State University. The creation of the Pitch Pipe Foundation most came from years of philanthropic work around the world, and whose immediate goal is to send musicians abroad in order to drive social change around the world. Initially, focusing on Trafficking in Persons in South Asia, Heemstra plans for the Pitch Pipe Foundation to expand from Michigan to every corner of the globe. Visit her website to learn more.
Partnerships and Organizations: In December 2014, Jennifer founded a trust (in India) called the Kolkata Classics Club which provides health services for trafficked women, educates children from the slums to the elite and exposes the citizens of Kolkata to high quality, western classical music. Working with a group of locals, Jennifer has created, managed, obtained funding, and has been the spokeswoman for a broad-reaching social outreach program and concert series. Since its inception, Heemstra, along with invited artists from all over the world, has put on 62 concerts and performed for and worked with over 60,000 adults and children in India. She has brought international artists, university professors and Broadway singers to Kolkata to showcase Western classical music, while championing and disseminating public awareness to combat human trafficking and encouraging social integration of Indians of all castes (classes).
Pitch Pipe Foundation was founded in honor of Arthur Holthaus, the founder’s 102-year-old grandpa who sang in a barber shop quartet for over 80 years of his life and who entertained the elderly in nursing homes and church until he passed November 2018.
A special thanks to our partners who have supported the work of the Pitch Pipe Foundation:
Pitch Pipe Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt public charity, Federal Tax Payer I.D. #81-2890460