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The Hazelle Catherine Bass Institute for the Arts (The HCB Institute for the Arts) is a 501 (c) (3) that began to bring hope to all people through the healing melodic sounds of the piano, organ and other expressions of art. This public benefit tax-exempt organization focuses on restoring strong family values in all cultures and communities.

MISSION:The mission of The Hazelle Catherine Bass Institute for the Arts (The HCB Institute for the Arts) is to teach students how to read music, sing and play an instrument. The ability to read music will empower students with the gift of musical expression to engage with the world, provide healing/catharsis for trauma, and be employable..

To produce the sacred genre of music with vocals and instruments. To fill the void In the market of classically arranged and performed sacred music. To offer another form of spiritual meditation and generate visions of hope and healing in the souls of all people.

VISION:The Vision of The HCB Institute for the Arts is to engage people in the richness of the creative arts so they may find their passion, explore their dreams and re-imagine their cultural heritage. The Institute envisions a place where participants can learn and explore the magic and wonders of the language of the performing arts.

The HCB Institute for the Arts’ educational philosophy is based on the belief that the quality of our collective future is dependent on awakening our youth to their fullest potential. As we face the challenges of xenophobia in the 21st century, there is no nobler calling than to teach youth how to live, learn and work together in peace and understanding.

TARGET POPULATION: Cross generations…pre school  through grades 12, young adults to seniors.

WHY WE EXIST: Many public schools have discontinued cultural enrichment from their curriculum and it has hurt many students who have a talent and a gift that needs to be nurtured. The HCB Institute for the Arts founders have a 60 year legacy of music they want to share with the next few generations of youth, adults and seniors. We exist to enrich, educate, excite and motivate through the performing arts.

“The highest purpose in life is to live completely in conscious union with God. The more we cultivate ‘great music’ in our lives, the greater will be our attunement to unlimited sources of the Creator’s power and direction.” Quote from Hal Lingerman

To honor our late parents, Rev. and Mrs. James B. Bass, who made the ultimate sacrifices to give us the best home, education, bible teachings, music discipline and “hard work” ethic possible. Proverbs 22:6 King James Version of the Holy Bible, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”


Our association with our church affiliations, education institutions, networking   associations and community involvement are recruitment channels that allow us to serve 40 students with music lessons in our first year.  Dr. Ruth Bass Green is currently  teaching 14 students from ages  5 to 60.


September – October 2014, we attended a six week, once a week,  three  to four hour non profit business plan class at the Vermont  Slauson  Economic Development Corp. The class was taught by Frank Sutton.  The plan was completed with the collaborative efforts of all of the Bass Sisters led by Consultant James Davis of NICE.


The curriculum of the institute is designed to engage students in activities that will  enhance their ability to know how to utilize the creative and performing arts as a  teaching tool…

  1. To assist student learners develop the right-hemisphere* ability and a joy for learning the arts.
    1. To show how the arts are a medium to enhance student’s knowledge and

    2. appreciation for  ethnic groups and cultures different from their own.Assist students to share with each other their cultural traditions that are important to their families and the community they live in.

    1. 2016 – Offer Music Therapy to Veterans w/PTSD, Released Prisoners, and their families.

    *Reference – Daniel Pink, author  of  “A Whole New Mind.”

    ACCOMPLISHMENTS:   2013 – CD: “Spirituals: Reflections and Meditation” featuring our sister
    Dr. Ruth Bass Green on piano was produced by Billy Mitchell Productions
    under the VISTA Record Label.  CD is available for purchase on CD Baby:
    http://www.cdbaby.com.edu/drruthbassgreen or by contacting Connie
    Bass at music@hcbinstituteforthearts.org.

    2014 – CD: “Spirituals: Reflections and Meditation” was mailed to forty-four
    (44) radio stations across the United States.

    February 2014 – CD: “Spirituals: Reflections and Meditation”  was mailed to
    28 Pasadena Churches and Christian Ministries with introductory letter and
    “Purpose and History.”

    February 22, 2014 – CD release and signing by Dr. Ruth Bass Green held at the
    Windsor Hills Christian Book Store on Slauson Ave. Los Angeles, CA.

    February 23, 2014 – The First Annual Bass Sisters Music Concert, honoring our
    late parents, Rev. & Mrs. James B. Bass and celebrating 2014 Black History
    Month, was held at the Congregational Church of Christian Fellowship.  The
    Program featured The Bass Family Chorale under the direction of Lois Bass
    Edwards and accompanied by Dr. Ruth Bass Green.  Poems, instrumentals and
    vocals were presented by members of the Bass Family.  A Soul Food
    reception  served the 220 plus attendees after the concert.

    June 1, 2014 – Bass Family Chorale presented a concert at the Christ Temple
    Church of Christ (Holiness) USA.  The five Bass Sisters were raised in the Christ
    Temple Church of Christ (Holiness) USA.  The chorale was directed and
    accompanied by Lois Bass Edwards.  The spoken word by Minister Candyse
    McDonald, vocal presentations by Chad McDonald, April Morgan, Nicole Morgan,
    Lois Hamilton, Ruth Hamilton and instrumentals by McKenzie Scott and Lois
    Edwards were enjoyed by 120 guests.

    July 2014 – CD: “Hymns “ by Bishop Charles Price Jones, D. D., L.L.D.  Twelve (12)
    of the over  one  thousand  (1000) hymns composed by Bishop Jones were
    recorded by Lois Bass Edwards on piano and Dr. Ruth Bass Green on organ.  This
    CD was produced by Billy Mitchell under the VISTA Record Label.  Bishop Jones
    was the Founder  of the Christ Temple Church of Christ (Holiness) USA.  The 12

    July 25, 2014 – Dr. Ruth Bass Green was presented in concert by the Church of
    Christ (Holiness) USA Sunday School & HYPU Congress at The Rainier B. Wilson
    Fellowship Graduate Recognition Dinner.   The event was held at the Renaissance
    Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel.  The opportunity was brought by The HCB
    Institute for the Arts Board Member  Bishop Emery Lindsay and Event Planner
    Lisa Willis.  Two Hundred (200) guests attended.  Fifty (50) “Spirituals: Reflections
    and Meditation” CDs and seventy (70) “Hymns” by Bishop Charles Price Jones
    CDs were sold.

    November 3, 2014 – Dr. Ruth Bass Green was interviewed by her Jefferson High
    High School fellow student Marshall Wilkerson on www.haranbeeradio.com
    CD: “Spirituals: Reflections and Meditation” was played in its entirety.

    November 23, 2014 – Dr. Ruth Bass Green presented her students in the Ninth
    Annual Recital of The Hazelle Catherine Bass Institute for the Arts at the
    Immanuel  Lutheran Church in Amherst, MA.   Parents, grand parents, family and
    friends enjoyed a delightful afternoon of vocal and piano solos.  At the end of the
    recital, several students presented their interpretation and  solutions of the
    Theme: “Bullying Hurts: LET’S MAKE PEACE.”  The finale “Dona Nobis Pacem”
    (“Grant Us Peace”) was sung by all of the students.

    February 22, 2015 – Second Annual Bass Family and Friends Black History Concert
    was presented at Christ Temple Church of Christ (Holiness) USA.  The program
    presented the Bass Family and Friends Chorale under the direction of Lois Bass
    Edwards and Dr. Ruth Bass Green.  Poems, Praise Dancers, Vocals and
    instrumentals were enjoyed by 200 guests.

    MARKETING PLAN:      Social Media, Print Ads, Direct Mail, Newsletter, Announcements in Churches an Community  Events, CDs in Events’  Silent Auctions, and Public Service Announcements on  Radio and TV.  Collaborations with Arts Organizations  and Education Institutions.

    Prepare and conduct workshops for Music Ministries to become open to a variety
    of presentations of sacred worship music: Gospel, Spirituals, Hymns, Anthems,
    Classical and Contemporary, thereby giving the parishioners a well rounded
    appreciation for the entire worship experience.

    Identify talent in all cultures that will perform at churches, social and community
    events, memorials, etc.;  teach students the protocol of performance, stage
    presence and delivery;  teach students how to negotiate their worth and know
    industry standards.

    Establish The Hazelle Catherine Bass Institute for the Arts in Amherst, MA.

    January 31, 2016 – The Bass Family & Friends Chorale will perform the Third
    Annual concert in honor of Black History at Christ Temple Church of Christ
    (Holiness) USA at  3:30pm.

    2016- Offer Music Therapy for Veterans w/PTSD , Released Prisoners and their
    families.  The Music Therapy Programs will be collaborations with Veterans
    Resource Centers, Churches, Community Centers and Re-Entry Programs.  The
    Programs will be geographically friendly to our Clients.

    MUSIC THERAPY IS:   The clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to   accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed
    professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.

    Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used
    within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive,
    and social needs of individuals.   After assessing the strengths and needs
    of each client, the qualified therapist provides the indicated treatment
    including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music.  Through
    musical involvement in the therapeutic context , clients’ abilities are
    strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives.  Music therapy
    also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who
    find it difficult to express themselves in words.  Research in music therapy
    supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilita-
    tion and facilitating movement, increasing people’s motivation to become
    engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their
    families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.*

    *Reference – American Music Therapy Association

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