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Our Mission
To be an advocate for area youth in the performing arts and to create awareness of the power of the arts to enhance self esteem, to increase understanding of others, and to improve academic performance.































About the Bluebird Foundation


The Bluebird Foundation Board hopes will be the beginning of helping many area students pursue their passion for the arts. The foundations mission statement is: To be an advocate for area youth in the performing arts and to create awareness of the power of the arts to enhance self-esteem, to increase understanding of others, and to improve academic performance.

The inspiration for the Bluebird Foundation came from Audrey Lundeen, late mother of Tracy Lundeen, who he solely credits for giving him the gift of music and the arts. “She introduced us to the Bluebird of Happiness when we were very young. For the Bluebird Foundation there is no better place to start than with kids. Giving kids the gift of the arts is truly a gift that will last a lifetime, a gift of calm during storms and peace during times of troubles. The arts are truly a gift that will always keep on giving,” he states.

The Bluebird Foundation is a Minnesota Corporation that has filed for nonprofit status under 501 (c)(3) to the Internal Revenue Service.



The Awards


C.M. “Bud” Schultz Music Award
Schultz attended University of Michigan, finishing his education and Masters upon graduation from UMD after the war. His first teaching job was in Richland WA, then to Stephen MN, before moving back to Duluth and being the band director at West Junior High School in Duluth until it closed.

Schultz spent his last years teaching at Ordean before retiring in 1987. He also taught at UWS, UMD and the College of St. Scholastica. Schultz directed the Community Schools band and the Union Band as well as his church choir. 

Bluebird Foundation President Tracy Lundeen credits Schultz for keeping him on track with his music and his life during junior high school. “Bud believed in me and was really one of the key people I can look back at in my life and say made a huge difference. When it came time to name a music award, there was no other name to consider in my opinion. I loved that man,” said Lundeen.

Rose Mary Harmeier Hoene Dance Award
Harmeier Hoene is the late mother of Bluebird Foundation Board Member Rose Hoene.  Rose Mary Harmeier Hoene studied dance at New York University and Colorado College under such great modern dancers as Hanya Holmes and Martha Graham. In her first teaching job at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, Hoene helped to design the UMD's first dance studio at the new campus. She owned and operated her own dance studio and choreographed, performed, and provided performers and other support, for countless dance and theatrical productions for the Duluth Playhouse, Junior League Fundraisers, UMD, UWS, and Duluth East High School to name a few. She was also an active supporter and participant in the Duluth International Folk Festival for many years and volunteered countless hours sharing her love for dance with many area organizations. 
 

Big Daddy’s-Jim Stellmaker Brass Award
The award is sponsored by Dave Gonhue, owner of Big Daddy’s Burgers in Duluth’s Piedmont Heights. Gonhue studied trombone under the late Jim Stellmaker, performed in college and toured with United States Air Force Band before entering the restaurant business.

 

John D. Munsell Theater Award
The award is named after the late John D. Munsell who was the director of theater at UW Superior for over 25 years and directed over 70 theatrical productions including 25 musicals, and a touring theatre program that gave 400 performances in over 60 communities during a 10-year period. He performed in countless plays, commercials, and professional appearances.

Cathy Fank, the UWS theater faculty member hired to replace Munsell, said it was "daunting" to follow Munsell's act. "He was such a dynamic, inspirational and well-respected acting and directing teacher, so I was stepping into big shoes," she said, pointing out that a number of Munsell's former students are now on the theater faculty at area colleges and active in the local theater scene.

 

The Ray Wolffe Award:
How it came about: “We wanted to do something that would be geared more towards what some of us did in high school with our rock bands and songwriting. Most of this took place in basements, garages, community centers and dance halls around the region” said Tracy Lundeen, Bluebird Foundation President. “There is an enormous number of talented kids in the area that may not be involved in organized school programs that are doing great things in music” he added. This award is for them and named after an inspirational guy originally from Duluth

Ray Wolffe was born in Duluth and grew up in the Central hillside housing projects. He found his way into trouble with drugs but found his source for strength in his love for music.
His career has taken him from a top regional group in the 70’s in Duluth called M A Free Press (where his musical association with Michael Baker, Whitney Houston’s long time music director began) to his move to L.A. at the request of another native Duluthian, Phil Solem (The Rembrandts).
He’s music career took him to the Hollywood club scene with some of the soon to be biggest names in the industry like Van Halen, Quiet Riot Devo and many others. Then on to performing with the likes of Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge), Vinnie Vincent (Kiss) and Cyril Cianflone (Rascals) in a group called Rocker.

From there Ray took a long layoff from music and touring to raise his daughters and establish his business in motion picture lighting, B & M Lighting. B & M provides lighting for TV and movie sets. His wife (Noelle Collette), inspired him to start writing and singing again about ten years ago and once again music has brightened his life. He’s now singing in a great band called Little Faith that has recorded 3 CD’s the last one produced by long time friend and former band mate Michael Baker.

Audrey A. Lundeen Award
The Audrey A. Lundeen Bluebird Scholarship is intended for current high school seniors who plan to pursue their interests in dance, theater, or music (vocal or instrumental) in college or some other advanced arts training beyond high school. The student does not need to plan to major in dance, theater, or music but must plan to do advanced study/training to keep the arts a part of their lives. A $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to one senior to use for his/her advanced training in the arts.

Bluebird Vocal Music Award
The Bluebird Vocal Music Scholarship is intended for current high school seniors who plan to pursue their interests iin music in college or some other vocal arts training beyond high school. The student does not need to plan to major music but must plan to do advanced study/training to keep the arts a part of their lives. A $500 scholarship will be awarded to one senior to use for his/her advanced training in the vocal arts