|The Inception of Muzika
Tolliver, also a minister,
said Muzika was a vision God gave him in 1992 based on
his background and love for the arts. Par, an
accomplished musician and singer, remembers playing
piano at his grandmother's house on Grube Street in
Springfield, Ohio at the age of six. His
grandmother didn't play the piano but every time he
visited he tinkered with the instrument.
He was also inspired to pursue
music by local singing groups The Different Shades of
Brown and the Aswads as well as national recording
artists Earth, Wind and Fire.
Tolliver started his first
singing group, The Dimensions, while in junior high.
He would later form the band Pleasure Seekers in the
1970s, disbanding them in 1986.
Par has also worked with
Springfield's five time Grammy Award winner John Legend
(John Stephens) and with Chevon Corlew, who has recently
written a song on gospel artist CeCe Winan's new CD
released in May 2007. He also led the Unity for
Christ Choir of 35 youth from Clark County in their
first national television appearance on the Bobby Jones
Gospel Hour in 1995 in Washington D.C.
Tolliver wants to share the
love and passion he has for the performing arts with
others who have the same dreams and aspirations.
He is supported by his wife
Helen (Hill) and their four children, Nashira (Tolliver)
Minney, Armon, Tiara, Arlin (A.J.) Jr. The
Tollivers have three grandchildren, Ryan, Jalan, and
Naryah. The children have been involved in some
type of arts their whole lives, including choirs, drama,
plays, fashion and style shows.
|Inspiring Young Artists
Muzika's mission is to help children who have a love for
the performing arts. In order to help Muzika grow,
donations of instruments and donor support for the
overall investment of the program are needed.
Many can't afford an instrument,
but Muzika, through donations, will provide instruments
and other materials used in the arts. Muzika Inc.
is a non-profit organization with a 501(c)3
classification which means all donations may be tax
Investing In The Dream
Muzika, Inc. is a multi-cultural
organization which aspires to be recognized as the premiere
performing and visual arts non-profit organization in Ohio.
Muzika will establish community relationships through
collaboration, high-quality instructional services and spiritual
Muzika wants to be an arm to the
city and county schools and colleges where students can be
encouraged to pursue a future in music or the arts once they
realize their potential in their chosen fields.
|Board of Trustees