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Community String Orchestra presents fall concert featuring Spanish selections

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A free concert open to the public will be given by the Cumberland Valley School of Music Community String Orchestra on Tuesday, November 14 at 8 p.m. Location of the event is the Thomson Hall Alumnae Chapel located on the Wilson College Campus.

For this program, director Herman Hopple assembled a collection of mostly Spanish selections centered around a string adaptation of the delightful “Andalucia Suite” by Ernesto Lacuona. 

“I chose the selections to appeal to both our musicians and our audience,” states the director, Herman Hopple. “It should be a very entertaining program.”

Orchestra members gather twice each year to rehearse and present two free concerts. About 30 string musicians from the Chambersburg area are coming together to be this season’s performers. Many of the musicians return to perform with the group and new members are welcome to join the group. Any string player interested is asked to contact the school at (717)-261-1220 for more information.

Hopple provides double bass and electric bass instruction at CVSM. A former public school string teacher and orchestra director, he has experience in teaching all ages of students.

Cumberland Valley School of Music Announces New Executive Director

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The Cumberland Valley School of Music Board of Directors is proud to announce the appointment of Heather McEndree as the new Executive Director effective March 1, 2019. McEndree will succeed Paula Hepfer who will be retiring after 29 years of service to the school. 

McEndree has served as the Program Manager of the school since 2014, where her duties included program creation and management, faculty management and concert logistics. She performs and teaches flute and is trained as a Musikgarten specialist for early childhood education. Previous to her work at CVSM she worked as a public school music teacher in Washington County, Md.

“I’m delighted to pass the baton to Heather who is both very capable and passionate about the mission of CVSM” says Hepfer. “I have every confidence the school will flourish under her leadership.”

Cumberland Valley School of Music presents 29th Annual Gala Showcase Concert

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TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

Cumberland Valley School of Music is pleased to present its 29th Gala Showcase concert program “More Than Four: Celebrating Musical Seasons” at the Thomson Alumnae Chapel on the Wilson College Campus at 3:00 PM on Sunday, November 4th.

CVSM Program Manager Heather McEndree became intrigued with the notion that music can represent the seasons of the year (spring, summer, etc.) and the seasons of life (birth, adulthood, etc.) both literally and figuratively. This performance features music from all genres and time periods, with a special focus on the music of Leonard Bernstein, celebrating his 100th birthday in 2018.

“It is such a joy to work with our faculty members, students and musical friends to put together a showcase concert,” said Paula Hepfer, CVSM’s Executive Director. “We have an immensely talented group of people who perform a variety of genres brilliantly. It is invigorating!”

The concert opens with Read More

Piano and Organ Masterclass and Concert

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FREE and open to the public

 

MASTERCLASS Thursday, 10/11/2018 6:30 pm

CONCERT Friday, 10/12/2018 6:30 pm

Thomson Alumnae Chapel, Wilson College

 

MASTERCLASS: an event in which students play in front of an audience and receive feedback and instruction from a guest teacher. The masterclass is open to the public; performance for the teacher is not required. It is an opportunity not only for students to perform, but also for the audience to get an intimate behind-the-scenes look in to the art of performing. Contact Heather at CVSM if you are interested in performing on piano or organ for the masterclass: 717-261-1220 x5 or heather@cvsmusic.org

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Barbara A. Masters has had an extensive career as a performer, church organist, accompanist, teacher, musical theater director and composer. Ms. Masters currently serves as Music Director at Visitation Church in Elmhurst where she directs two choirs. She is on the piano and organ faculty at Elmhurst College. Ms. Masters has performed concerts in the U.S. and abroad, most recently with the Visitation Choir at Notre Dame in Paris, Rome and Assisi.  Ms. Masters’ training includes two years at the University of Michigan, piano study with Reid Nibley; Bachelor of Music in Piano from Boston University with study under Alfred Kanwischer, Bela Nagy and Maria Clodes; Master of Arts from Brown University in Ethnomusicology under Bonnie C. Wade and Fredric Lieberman; Master of Music in Organ Performance at Youngstown State under Dr. Ronald Gould and harpsichord study with Marcelline Hawke. She holds a Colleague Certificate from the American Guild of Organists and is Dean of the Fox Valley AGO Chapter.   Ms. Masters lives in Elmhurst with her husband and has 3 grown sons and two grandchildren.

Corey Rotz Concert – “If I Ruled the World”

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On September 23, at 2 PM enjoy an afternoon of classic songs from The Great American Songbook, in Thomson Hall on the Wilson College Campus. Enjoy songs made famous by singers like, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. Come Rain or Shine, Stormy Weather, Fly Me to the Moon, All The Things You Are, I’ve Got You Under My Skin and many others. Chambersburg native Corey Evan Rotz, joins forces with his longtime jazz trio for an afternoon of hits that will take you on a musical journey down memory lane.

For tickets CLICK HERE or call 717-261-1220

Student Scholarship Recipients Perform for Annual Recognition Concert

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Cumberland Valley School of Music plans to hold its annual Recognition Concert on Sunday, April 29 to feature the student recipients of the Merit Awards Scholarships and graduating seniors who plan to major or minor in a performance art (music, theatre and/or dance).

Free and open to the public, the concert will take place at the Ragged Edge Inn, 1090 Ragged Edge Road, Chambersburg. Each student will perform during the 3 p.m. concert.

According to Paula Hepfer, CVSM executive director, the Merit Awards Scholarship process was formed during the earliest years of the 28-year-old school’s existence. She recently Read More

CVSM Community String Orchestra Concert March 20th

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CHAMBERSBURG—A free concert open to the public will be given by the Cumberland Valley School of Music Community String Orchestra on Tuesday, March 20 at 8 p.m. Location of the event is the Thomson Hall Alumnae Chapel located on the Wilson College Campus.

The concert will begin with “Hungarian Dance No. 4” by Johannes Brahms. The Hungarian Dances are a spirited and exciting selection.

Deborah Stotelmyer, the orchestra concertmistress, will perform solo Read More

CVSM Wild West Ball

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Join Cumberland Valley School of Music (CVSM) at its “Wild West Ball” on February 24th at the Orchards in Chambersburg, PA.  The Annual Dinner Dance and Auction kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeurves and a signature drink  welcome, followed by a western-inspired meal by Chef Mike Kalathas, live and silent auctions, raffle, and musical entertainment provided by the Kenny i band. Wine and beer are complimentary with the purchase of a ticket.

The theme for this year’s event originated with CVSM alumna, Leah Gibson Serr. She and her team will create the mood and flavor of an upscale Wild West ball. Our Western-themed menu this year includes various choices of entrees including top round and beef brisket, both smoked to perfection. Also we will enjoy lightly charred BBQ chicken along with tasty shrimp. Our vegetarian entrée will be southwestern style quinoa stuffed peppers.  Also being served will be a southwestern salad along with a baked potato bar. This year’s dessert station will include a variety of delicious pies and cobblers along with sweet pralines and vanilla ice cream.

Marie from the Kenny i band will teach several country line dances sprinkled in with crowd-pleasing favorites from all decades and genres of music for dancing. Kenny i, with his astounding violin virtuosity, will surprise the crowd with his fiddlin’ skills. “By all measures, this will be a great knee-slappin’ good time!” says Executive Director Paula Hepfer.
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Festivities will include live and silent auctions plus a raffle of jewelry donated by Ludwig Jewelers of Chambersburg. Among the exciting auction items will be two tickets to see Jay Leno perform live at the Luhrs Center and a full 5 course meal + wine served in-home by Chef Grayson Bowman. Other items available for bidding at the auction include: a beautiful sunflower field picture printed on acrylic;  a fully stocked whiskey bar; a Penn State tailgate package; many gift cards to various locations, along with other items too numerous to mention.

New auction items are being received daily, and a complete list will be posted on the CVSM website closer to the event date. John Kohler of Gateway Gallery Auction will serve as auctioneer for the live auction.  All proceeds benefit CVSM, a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.  Cash, checks and major credit cards will be accepted.

“Wild West Ball” is so much more than a celebration; it is about raising funds to enhance our musical community. The live auction will also include a “Fund-a-Need” component, where attendees can pledge contributions to the school. CVSM awards both need-based and merit-based scholarships to area students and provides music education opportunities throughout the community.

Tickets are $100.00 per person or $750.00 for a table for eight.  Tickets can be purchased now by contacting the school at (717) 261-1220 or online at www.cvsmusic.org/product/dinner-dance. You may also view the auction items through the same website link.
 
CVSM is marking its 22nd year of hosting the event. F&M Trust is continuing as a dedicated corporate sponsor, a role it adopted with the event’s inception in 1996.  The Dinner Dance & Auction is now CVSM’s largest fundraising event of the year.

UNITING IN SONG

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Musicians from the Cumberland Valley School of Music will note the power of music to transform generations and nations during a Nov. 5th, 3 p.m. Gala Showcase Concert. Music from the 15th century through today will be brought to the stage by vocalists and ensembles.

Location of the performance is the Thomson Alumnae Chapel, located on the Wilson College Campus.

Commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation prompted by Martin Luther, a CVSM Showcase Choir will perform “A Mighty Fortress is Our God,” under the direction of Corey Evan Rotz. Luther and musicians of Read More

OKTOBERFEST MUSICALE TO SUPPORT CVSM

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WE’LL HAVE A BARREL OF FUN!

A traditional German Band,  Beer, Wine and Food will be on tap at the Oktoberfest Musicale held from 3:00 to 5:00 PM on Sunday, October 8. The Event will be held at the Barrel House at 39 N. 3rd Street, Chambersburg. Tickets are $35 per person with proceeds supporting Cumberland Valley School of Music.

The local celebration is modeled after the annual Oktoberfest event originating in Germany in 1810. Music, Beer and Food are the center of this annual celebration, making The Barrel House and Cumberland Valley School of Music the perfect pairing for this celebration.

The Barrel House is a one of a kind venue. This truly unique 1910 New York Style Industrial Home has a rich history. In the 1900’s Read More