We love receiving feedback, here's some of what we have received.
Greetings Andrew from St Mary's Rotorua. Today is my last day here and as the kids and I gathered for prayers for the last time, I thought of you. Your music has been such an inspiration to me, both as a Catholic and as a teacher and I just wanted you to know that what you do is really amazing and so appreciated. I will take my Andrew Chinn music with me as I go and I'll always remember your visits to our school and your amazing gift.Annie Russell, departing teacher, St Mary's School, Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND, September 1, 2017
Thanks once again and take care.
Ma te atua koe e manaaki (God Bless you)
Hi Andrew, I've heard only rave positive comments from your time here on Tuesday from the students, teachers, staff and parents/grandparents. To lead the singing for the prayer and then to see 800 students stand and do actions for the 'In the footsteps of Jesus' was awe inspiring and uplifting. The little concert at the end where you involved the Year levels was typical of the day - including all, singing with joy and having great fun in a religious context. One parent said that was the best performance she has ever seen! We were truly blessed by your presence at our school.Sean White, APRE, Ryan Catholic College, KIRWAN QLD AUSTRALIA August 8, 2017
Kind regards, Sean
Thank you again for leading the workshops and concert last Thursday. The students and staff had a fabulous time and thoroughly enjoyed every moment. I have had lots of lovely feedback from students, staff and parents. Here is one snippet which I’d like to share-Tara Martin, APRE, Our Lady of Lourdes School, SUNNYBANK QLD AUSTRALIA, July 27, 2017
‘Sorry I didn't catch up with you today to let you know in person that the concert with Andrew was great. The kids loved it and it was nothing like I expected. It was much better. They got so much out of being involved in the music. I only wished more parents could have seen the children so focused and motivated. He made so many kids feel special and gave them their 'time to shine'.’
We would love to have you back again sometime so please let me know whenever you’re coming our way.
I just wanted to thank you so much for your time today with the children, and with the staff on Monday. Sarah and I have had so much positive feedback from staff and students. We all thoroughly enjoyed your time with us, it was just fantastic!! My own girls have come home singing all afternoon and have enjoyed comparing notes about what happened during their individual class workshops. Again, thank you so much for your time and for the most inspiring and uplifting PD we have had for a long time!!!Emma Taylor, co-REC, St Mary's School, YOUNG NSW AUSTRALIA July 19, 2017
Today's workshops and concert at Resurrection school were simply fabulous!! Not enough words to express our gratitude for such an enriching and blessed day. The kids and staff are over the moon!!Natalie Kenny, Deputy Principal, Resurrection School, KEYSBOROUGH VIC AUSTRALIA June 28 2017
Thank you for the wonderful workshop and concert today at St Francis Xavier, Woopi. It was joyful, fun and I found myself singing instructions for the remainder of the day and left school on a high. You really have an amazing stage presence and your interactions with the children allowed them to feel safe and have a go. Thank you, safe travels. BronwynBronwyn Nuske, Teacher, St Francis Xavier, Woolgoolga, NSW, AUSTRALIA, March 27, 2017
I have downloaded your new album today (thank you, I love what I have heard so far!)
I now aim to make each of your songs into PowerPoints so I can teach our children during our Hymns sessions each week. In order to do this I need the lyrics, so I looked on your website & there they are! You have made a huge job so much easier for me, and I know the kids will love your new songs.
Can’t wait for your September visit. Have a fantastic Friday, you have made my week!Michelle Paterson APRE St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School Rockhampton QLD AUSTRALIA March 10 2017
Thank you for your music. I love using it with the children. I am a musician myself and it gives great joy to play and sing your music. I look forward to using your new collection of hymns.☺Frances Barone, Teacher/Religious Education Leader and Musician, Resurrection School, Kings Park, VIC AUSTRALIA February 3, 2017
Last night I attended my grand daughter's school Christmas concert at St Andrew's Marayong. I was absolutely blown away by the concert - the songs, the children's enthusiasm. Thank you to Andrew Chinn for a wonderful, special night! I bought the Under Your Star CD and am playing it in the car for the kids.Janice Wilson, Grandparent, St Andrew's School, MARAYONG NSW AUSTRALIA December 10 2016
I want you to know that I have so appreciated using your music in many of my liturgies and work with students and the whole community. Your music touches the heart of all of us and helps to bring life to the celebration. For me, music has been the so instrumental in bringing our students to love the joy of a beautiful God and you do that! Keep doing what you are doing and continue bringing hope and love to all who hear your words.Janet Zaccour, Retiring APRE, St Joseph's School, CAIRNS QLD AUSTRALIA November 19 2016
I write this quick email to thank you for providing my children with the opportunity to participate in the Andrew Chinn concert today. What an amazing experience that celebrated our God with pure joy and enthusiasm radiating from every single Holy Cross child! Fraser and Makenzie were still singing Andrew Chinn songs at bedtime tonight and were on an absolute high after the concert! Experiences like today are the reason that I choose to send my children to a Catholic school and I thank all involved in the organisation of the concert. How blessed my children are to attend Holy Cross Catholic School!Kylie Ball, Parent, Holy Cross School KINCUMBER NSW AUSTRALIA October 25, 2016
Thank you so much for giving Joshua Le such a wonderful opportunity and experience to sing with you on Saturday. We absolutely LOVE your music in my house. My 7 year old and 4 year old play the Together As One CD on repeat to fall asleep each night! And my 2 year old knows lots of words too. The younger girls are often dressed up in ballet outfits twirling around to one of your CDs, and in the car all six kids join in and throw in harmonies etc. Thank you for giving us great Christian music to form the background of their lives. We will keep your ministry in our prayers. God bless!Jody Le, Parent, NOWRA NSW AUSTRALIA October 24th 2016
Hi Andrew,I just wanted to send my thanks again for your amazing work in our school and community last week! Our teachers and families were very grateful for hosting your visit and look forward to having you come back!Paul Mensforth, APRIM, Emmaus Catholic School WOODCROFT SA AUSTRALIA October 4 2016
On an APRIM level...Our Church is desperate for 'living-giving moments' where people can truly feel the Spirit 'burning within.' Your gift of music and humour; and your talent for connecting with our youth and inspiring them to something more - ignites the Spirit here in our midst! But it isn't just the kids who are inspired, but our teachers and parents. They were witness to the powerful happiness which springs from celebrating faith within community.
"Our hearts burn within us, as we walk along this road. Hand in hand and heart to heart- together we will grow. God's Spirit's alive within us, as we journey on life's way, to be children of the light, to be people of faith!"
Hi Andrew, I have to share a story with you about your "Shine" song.
Recently St Paul's were involved in a robotics competition held at Charles Darwin University (CDU). This involves collaborative work from the students programming robots, journal writing about their 4 week experience, creating art back drops as well as dancing in sync with the bots in a designated area. Out of the 12 groups St Paul's entered, young Charlie Hill's team chose your track "Shine" to choreograph their robot and dance to. There were a number of schools from the region present at CDU on the day. When "Shine " came on, all the St Mary's and Holy Spirit students came running over to watch the performance and began singing along. You can't see them in the picture as they are behind the camera.
Charlie, who I'm sure you remember, truly "shined" on the day.
Michelle Dermody, APRE, St Paul's School NIGHTCLIFF NT AUSTRALIA
I just wanted to share with you the absolute appreciation we have for your music and moves.
Hi AndrewBelinda Burford, Deputy Principal, St Pius X School, WINDSOR GARDENS, SA AUSTRALIA, August 4, 2016
I just wanted to send you a quick thank you for the wonderful day we had with you yesterday! Although I was not here for all of it but what I did experience, was sensational! We have had so many positive comments from staff, students and families since yesterday. Thank you for your contributions to our Feast Day Mass. I always love our Eucharistic celebrations, but having you here to sing your songs with us added a whole new dimension for which I am very grateful. I know the children got a lot out of your class workshops, as did our staff. Today in class teachers have already been singing the songs with the students which is wonderful to see. The community concert was such a fantastic way to end the day and I’m so thrilled I could make it back in time to be here for it.
Apart from everything else, the one thing I want to thank you for, is for helping our kids to ‘shine’! I have never seen so many of our students standing at the front of our school community, so engaged, feeling so proud and so ‘pumped’, showing such confidence and a real sense of belonging. How you managed to bring that together in one day, I’ll never know. How you managed to learn so many names in one day, I’ll also never know! You have a real gift Andrew, and thank you for sharing it with us. You helped to make many memories yesterday. All the best to you in your ministry.
Hello from Missouri! I just had to tell you that I shared your music with my peers in the Diocese of Kansas City/St. Joseph Early Childhood education training that we had last fall. I also shared your website and information, so that they could also purchase your music for their classrooms. I have since met with several of those teachers in a variety of situations, and they are THRILLED with your music as well! You are famous in the early childhood classrooms in our diocese! Hope all is well with you and your family and Butterfly Music!Lesa Carroll, Director, Sacred Heart Preschool, WARRENSVILLE, MISSOURI, USA, August 3, 2016
Yesterday we had Andrew Chinn at St James. While I have used his music before this was my first meeting with him. The manner in which he worked with the choir was great. His ability to interact positively but get the result he needed for the concert was excellent. We had heard all the songs but learnt only 6 of them before the day and his ability to manage the level of knowledge but still get the result he wanted was fantastic. The concert itself was the most positive experience we have had in building the confidence, interest and dare I say it evangelising these children in this Catholic school. There are many children at St James who embrace all we do anyway but for me yesterday offered them a wonderful opportunity to celebrate. For those children who do not embrace the expression of our faith as enthusiastically yesterday was a challenge at the beginning but at the end of the hour they were all involved and most enthusiastic. Yesterday will be a marker in my mind as one of the transformative moments on which we can and will build. I believe we as a whole school (staff gave up release to stay at the concert) we will look back in 3 years time and still hold the echoes of this event on our calendar in all we do.Ann Dawson, Principal, St James Primary School, YAMBA NSW AUSTRALIA July 21 2016
Thank you for the wonderful concert and your work with the students today. We have three children at the school (a foundation student, a grade one and a grade 3). The children came home singing and were excited to show us what they had been doing during the day. I was in the audience and thought it wonderful. We have just downloaded off iTunes 5 of your songs tonight . The cherubs are busy singing them tonight. James our youngest said to tell you that all your songs were good and he loved being a fish.Jo and Andrew Hemley, Parents, St Patrick's School, STAWELL VIC Australia July 14 2016
Thank you 😃 . It was a great day!
Hi Andrew,Kathie Costain, REC, OLPS School West Pymble, NSW, AUSTRALIA, May 15 2016
I am preparing the End of Year Mass and listening to your music and just wanted to let you know that this will be my last time as I am retiring at the end of the year. I will certainly miss playing your music when preparing for Masses and Liturgies but wanted to let you know the joy you have brought to me in doing so. I love your music, the kids love your music and my hope is that the person who follows me will do the same. I hope we cross paths again somewhere in the future, but if not, thanks for all you have given me.
Congratulations on reaching the milestone of having visited a thousand different schools. It has been great to watch Butterfly Music grow from a small venture, when you visited us for the first time, to the wonderful success that it is today. Your music has made a huge difference to celebrating liturgies with children in Catholic schools. Thanks for all your hard work, for sharing your musical talents with us and for inspiring us with your obvious passion for your faith. Thanks also to Bernadette and your support team.Roll on the next thousand I say!Mary Ryan, Director of Religious Studies, Cardinal McKeefry School, Wilton WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND, March 16, 2016
You've followed your passion and brought joy to so many. Bring on the next 1000. Adele English, colleague and friend.
Congratulations mate - what an amazing achievement - and an incredible journey throughout the years. Here's to many more schools and many more journeys! Drew Lane, Butterfly Music stable mate.
Oh wow. Big congrats. You have touched and enriched so many lifes; not just the children but the families too. Well done. You should feel very proud. Barbara Synnott- beloved family friend.
Seems only yesterday that you started your journey, around the time of the changeover from tapes to CD's. You have touched many lives young lives by proclaiming the love of Jesus through music & song. I am blessed to have you as a friend. Congrats on the 1000 schools. Paul Hunt- Parent from St Peter Chanel Regents Park and friend of Andrew Chinn and Rob Oakshott!
Wow! All those people have been blessed with your talent and grace! Congratulations! Jan Pedroza, Office of Religious Education, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
So wrapped we are one of the 1000!! Thanks for sharing your fantastic music and spirit with us! Big thanks also to all the Chinn clan for helping it all happen. Legend status!!! Mary O'Donnell, APRE at Sacred Heart, Yeppoon, and travel companion to LA and LV on the great Chinn/O'Donnell tour of 2015!
We feel blessed that our paths have crossed in the way they have. You have achieved so much and inspired so many. Congratulations on your 1000th school and all the best for the next 1000 (or 100)! Toni Gahan, friend and teacher, Bundaberg.
What joy and love you have brought to all those schools Andrew and the parents and all who have come in contact with you. Certainly the ripple effect! Well done & thanks for the music! Xxxx Del Murphy, parent of Kate and former staff member, St Therese's School in Monto.
Congrats!!! I thank God for the gift you are to all of us. My 1st communion students loved singing your songs. You make my classes special. Prayers always my friend!! Sr Zina Onoro, St Jeanne de Lestonac School, Temecula, California.
From Katherine to Gladstone, Hervey Bay and now Pottsville, still a hero of mine. Thanks mate, for all you are to our schools and congratulations again. Nic Constable, Assistant Principal, St Ambrose School, Pottsville, NSW- long time supporter!
Congratulations Andrew on this fantastic achievement! So many children, teachers, parents, parishes blessed by your passion, energy and of course - your music! I still rate seeing you in action at a workshop/concert as the highlight of my teaching career! Genevieve Collins, Religious Education Leader, St Patrick's Wangaratta and house sitter/dog minder extraordinaire!
A MAMMOTH achievement Andrew! Thank you for bringing such immense joy to children, staff and parents across the world. We love you and your beautiful music!! Claire Wilson, Mother of Sian and Dane, St Charles Borromeo, Templestowe, VICTORIA.On the occasion of Andrew's visit to his 1000th school- March 10th 2016
Andrew on behalf of Holy Family's students, staff and parents, I'd like to sincerely thank you for your visit to our school. Words fail to describe the joy you brought to our school community with your warm, giving nature; your enthusiasm for music and song, and your love and engagement with our children! To see the smiles on children's faces and even the staff's, truly brought fun, laughter and loads of engagement to a fun-filled day!
Your presence at our Opening School year celebration was extraordinary. Father Gerard along with all the school community, commented that your interaction truly enhanced the experience of faith and celebration. Thankyou!
On a final note... you'd be proud to know, that as you walk down our corridors you can hear CHINN music coming from the classrooms...children are singing and chanting with smiles on their faces... Your visit has gifted them with a visual/icon/memory they can relate to, and gives them meaning to what they are singing. It's just FANTASTIC! Stephanie Berginc, Holy Family School, Bell Park, VIC, AUSTRALIA, February 11, 2016
Please accept my thanks for a truly beautiful community celebration of Christmas last Friday evening at St Agatha's. I have received many emails from parents with glowing feedback about the atmosphere and engagement of our students. Grandparents came up to assembly this morning to thank me for an enjoyable school event. Your songs are being sung all over the school. You and Betty make a wonderful team. May you have a refreshing and blessed Christmas.Carol Sayers, Principal, St Agatha's School, Clayfield, QLD, AUSTRALIA, November 20, 2015
Hi Andrew, at the beginning of 2010 you came to Our Lady of Fatima in Christchurch and chose an awkward looking year 8 boy that was quite big for his age to sing a solo in 'underneath God's beautiful rainbow.' I was that boy and I wanted to take the to thank you. You were the first person to pick me out, and recognize potential in me as a singer. That gig you played gave me a lot of confidence and fired a passion that I've kept to this day. Since then I've sung in musicals, gigs, and bass in a barbershop quartet where we won South Islands, and placed 5th at nationals. I don't think I would have had the confidence or self belief to perform and push myself if you hadn't pulled me up on that day so I wanted to thank you. I have 3 weeks of my last year of school left and I'm planning on going to University next year to study primary teaching. I hope a similar impact on someone that you had on me. Thanks AndrewChris Starr, former student of Our Lady of Fatima, Christchurch, NZ, October 12, 2015
Thank you most sincerely for your generosity of spirit today in leading us in celebrating our Feast Day and Helen's 50 years of service to Catholic Education within this community. I find you such a gentle, faith-filled and authentic 'Master of Music'. You facilitated a respectful day of prayer and thankfulness in a spirit of fun and ease. Kind thanks, ColleenColleen Fuller, REC, Our Lady of the Rosary School, St Marys, NSW, AUSTRALIA, October 7, 2015
Thanks so much for a really great day yesterday! Without exception we thoroughly enjoyed the day and feel so much the better for having spent the day singing! The teachers new to the school were totally impressed - my raving beforehand obviously didn't compute. They had to see for themselves. Your skill with remembering names has us all wondering how you do it. I would say you are beautifully gifted and use your gifts for great things.Judy Hogan, REL, St Francis Xavier School, Frankston, VIC, AUSTRALIA, August 12, 2015
You would be so delighted to hear the children of St Thomas More singing, celebrating and enjoying your music. Since your concert we have learnt a number of new songs and have used these in our liturgies, Masses and assemblies. Thank you for helping us value the place of music in our celebrations a little more. Staff are still talking of your visit – thank you again for the time you spent at Sunshine Beach!Ann-Maree Pitot, APRE, St Thomas More, Sunshine Beach, QLD, AUSTRALIA, July 29, 2015
I just wanted to email you in regards to your visit in term 2. Your rapport with the children is inspirational and your energy contagious. To say the staff and children were overwhelmed by your talents and the events of the day is an understatement. Each year level expressed their utter delight in your workshops. All children were fully engaged and eager to participate. The concert was a huge success and many commented on you ability to choose the children that needed that little bit of extra attention.I also wanted to thank you for being so organised and your understanding of the running of a 'school day'! I am so glad you came to visit our school and would be delighted to have you back again.Thank you once again!Melanie Gleeson, Religious Education Leader, St Paul's Primary School, Coburg, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA, July 28, 2015
As always, we love your work. I’ve never encountered an artist who creates music that gives kids access to the scriptures and the theology associated with the sacred text so effectively. Continue to be excellent until further notice!David Burgess, Parent, St Aloysius College, Adelaide, SA, AUSTRALIA, July 21, 2015
Thank you so much for today - I absolutely loved it - the smiles on the kids faces said it all to me. Before today we had 2 year 5/6 kids coming tonight. After this afternoon, I think we had maybe about 10—12. I loved that they were there, and that all the kids were there singing, having fun, building confidence and self esteem - all in and through the love of God. We will continue to sing and celebrate God through your beautiful music and hope to see you again in the not so distant future. With my warmest wishes for you and your family.Meegan Blackney, REL, St Augustine's School, Frankston South, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA, June 24, 2015
We had Andrew Chinn come to our school last year and it was honestly ones of the best concerts I have EVER seen and that includes my fave Pink!! He works with the children in class groups throughout the day and then they perform in a concert in the afternoon or evening. He somehow magically transforms them and they sing and perform outside of themselves. One boy that we have here sang the most beautiful song and he didn't even know he could do it. I was a mess!! You honestly will be blown away by what he can do!!Andrea Williams, Secretary, Sacred Heart School, ULVERSTONE, TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA, June 24, 2015
Bernadette and Andrew - thank you so much for the imprint you have left on the lives of the community at Ss Peter and Paul School. We appreciated your time, talent, expertise and gift of being present in our lives igniting our faith community with song and fellowship. We look forward to your return visit in the future. Kind Regards, Nic Shanahan.Nicole Shanahan, Deputy Principal, Ss Peter and Paul School, Lower Hutt, NEW ZEALAND, June 21, 2015
Not that we are short of important events here at St Ambrose, but here is one event of great significance for our Catholic tradition. Andrew Chinn is an Australian religious singer and songwriter working across Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada. Chinny, as he is affectionately known, has devoted his life’s work to helping schools and parishes bring their evangelical mission to life - inspiring children to learn about our faith through beautiful, prayerful and fun-filled songs. I was fortunate to first meet Andrew while I worked as a teacher in the Northern Territory. At a pretty tough school, with kids who weren’t easily impressed, within 40 minutes, Chinny had all of the Primary and Secondary students singing about God, the wonder of creation and the salvific mission of Jesus Christ. Needless to say he is a very impressive person. If you have an opportunity to be part of an Andrew Chinn concert, I would highly recommend it.Nic Constable Assistant Principal and Leader of Pedagogy, St Ambrose School, POTTSVILLE, NSW, May 1, 2015
A big massive thank you for forwarding the sheet music. You'd swore I'd won the lottery when I received your e mail today. I even told the communion parents tonight at the pre sacramental meeting about my find in a beautiful post communion reflection all the way from yourself in Australia hence the late reply. They were so impressed. After receiving your e mail I then went onto the school iTunes account and downloaded the tunes to the ipad. I played away on keyboard and the other teacher on guitar while listening to the tune. I also let the communion class hear 'These hands' and they were able to sing along and love it so much, I love sound of the wee uns voices. I will have three soloists singing and the other children coming in on the choruses. I only wish you were closer to us as would be great to avail of the workshops here in Ireland and appreciate the great work you do in spiritual music. I only got a short while to explore your website but there is a world of music to listen too on it and I have no doubt I could be using your music for the years to follow for Communion day and special religious events. A big thank you again from the bottom of my heart. Many thanks.Aideen McCloy, teacher, somewhere in Northern Ireland!, March 4, 2015
I wanted to thank you for such an enjoyable Christmas concert last night at St Angela's Castle Hill. I am a teacher and parent of St Angela's and loved every minute...rain and all. It was so wonderful to watch the smiles on the kids faces and feel the excitement in the air. My girls have already sung and danced to every song from our new cd. Thankyou for all your hard work (and your wonderful flood tolerant team) and for making learning so fun! PS Philipe Fluffy Duck a real favourite!Natalie Moller, teacher and parent, St Angela's, Castle Hill, NSW, December 10, 2014
I couldn’t let the night pass without putting some words in an email. My family tries very hard to keep life simple and focus on all “that really matters”. Our faith is first in our lives and watching my children up on stage and completely enveloped with such colourful and thoughtful sound, was priceless to me. You are truly gifted and so giving to share your talents. I understand this is your work and business but business / work doesn’t produce what you produce. Talent, commitment to your faith and generosity of spirit does what you do. Congratulations Andrew, you are one very special person travelling around and celebrating each person's life and faith. God blessRita Finlay, Parent, Good Samaritan School, Fairy Meadow, NSW, Australia - December 4, 2014
THAT was a concert! Full of fun, laughter, singing and dancing. What an amazing man. In one short day (well, long day) he has gone from zero to concert. A concert that looked like it had been rehearsed for weeks. I am in awe at how quickly he earnt the respect of SO many children that they would all behave so beautifully. Three cheers for Andrew Chinn. The only thing I am sad about is the few privileged Preps that don’t get him as a teacher anymore. How amazing would that classroom be. However, there are many more smiles in the world for having spent a day with him. Keep him on the OLOL calendar as often as possible.Leonie Allport (livin’ with Alice, not next door), parent, Our Lady of Lourdes School, Toowoomba, QLD, AUSTRALIA - October 30, 2014