The staff of CVSM are so thankful for all of our instructors, families and community!! We love hearing the beautiful music created by our students. We decided to share some Thanksgiving memories and recipes with all of you.
Pumpkin Dip – shared by CVSM Co-Founder Paula Hepfer
Stuffing – shared by CVSM Bookkeeper Sharon Eshleman
Baked Corn – shared by CVSM Store Manager Sheryl Gudgeon
Creamed Mushrooms – shared by CVSM Marketing & Communications Steph Allee
Squash Casserole – shared by CVSM Program Manager Heather Kline
Buttermilk Pecan Pie – shared by CVSM Marketing & Communications Steph Allee
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake – shared by CVSM Executive Director Heather McEndree
“2008: My grandfather was in the final days of his life, at a personal care home. He was hospitalized on my birthday, which is always very near Thanksgiving. He was released from the hospital and put on hospice at the home. On Thanksgiving Day, I went to visit him. He wasn’t really talking any more by that day. I chattered on for a little while, letting him know that it was Thanksgiving Day and I was so thankful for having him in my life. He passed away the next day. I’m so glad that I got to tell him that.” ~Valerie Merriman, CVSM Registrar
“I grew up with a large extended family. Each Thanksgiving, we would descend on my Aunt Patricia’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone brought a dish to share, either appetizer, dinner, or dessert. My Aunt & Uncle made a HUGE turkey to feed the ravenous clan. I remember the warmth, the sounds, the people, the energy, and feeling so absolutely stuffed by the end of the evening that I felt I would not need to eat for another month – at least until it was time for Christmas dinner, LOL!” ~Heather McEndree, CVSM Executive Director
“The year I found out I was pregnant I kept it a secret until we had our Thanksgiving meal. I knew I wanted to share it during our annual “What I’m thankful for” go around the table. My brother had been (what I like to call) lovingly harassing me about having kids, and I kept telling him I might never have kids just to annoy him. So, as we went around the table on Thanksgiving I ended up being right after my brother and just happened to be the last one to go. He said his thought and then made a joke about how no one could top him. Honestly, I don’t even remember what he said. I followed and said I was “thankful for my unborn baby.” I wish I could share the look on his face, because his eyes got huge in disbelief and excitement at the same time. He shouted, “Are you for real?” He couldn’t believe it and kept asking me over and over if it was for real. He was so excited when he realized I was telling the truth. Ever since then we have joked about the year that I topped my brother and practically knocked him off his chair.” ~Heather Kline, CVSM Program Manager
CHAMBERSBURG, PA (September 4, 2020) Cumberland Valley School of Music expanded into Greencastle and acquired Growing with Music, 42 Center Square, Greencastle, PA. This location will serve as an extension of CVSM which is located on the campus of Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA.
Tracy Thomas, the former owner of Growing with Music, will remain at the Greencastle location as Branch Manager. Ms. Thomas and CVSM Executive Director Heather McEndree are working together to ensure a smooth transition of ownership. It is the goal of both organizations that the instructors and programs at the Greencastle location will change as little as possible while also benefitting from the added resources CVSM has to offer.
Growing With Music began in the summer of 2013 with Ms. Thomas’ becoming licensed as a Musikgarten instructor. What started out as a part-time hobby of teaching babies, toddlers, and preschoolers out of a rented classroom in a local church two evenings per week quickly expanded into a full-time venture. By the spring of 2015, clientele grew, and private lessons were added into the mix, making it necessary to move into a dedicated building to accommodate the growing business. Throughout the remainder of 2015 and into early 2016, the business continued to grow, which prompted the expansion into the current location.
“The benefits of merging with a nonprofit with a 30-year history include: scholarship programs, additional resources, and new opportunities,” Thomas said in a letter to families. “CVSM has a solid foundation and will add strength to our musical community.”
Growing with Music and CVSM share a passion for music and teaching all ages and stages. “Tracy and I were colleagues in the Maryland public school system, and then fellow Musikgarten teachers,” said CVSM Executive Director, Heather McEndree. “I am excited that we get to work together to bring music instruction and experiences to everyone in our community!”
As this merger is taking place at the beginning of the fall semester, details regarding upcoming offerings at Growing with Music are still under development. Updates will be posted on both organizations’ social media and websites at www.cvsmusic.org and www.growingwithmusic.org
Photo: (left to right) Heather McEndree, CVSM Executive Director and Tracy Thomas, Branch Manager, Growing With Music. Photo Credit: Ariel Sherrill, Old Home Photography
Hello, CVSM families!
It is amazing that it has been two months since the stay-at-home order was put into place! I miss seeing you in the halls of CVSM. I miss hearing the wonderful music wafting through the building. I miss the joy of making music with you! I look forward to the day when we can be together in person again.
Thank you for your flexibility and willingness to shift to a different method of learning over the past two months. Although online is not the same as in-person, it has allowed instruction to continue and for all students to continue making progress. Many of you are even participating in online recitals to share your talents!
I want to give you an update on summer plans at CVSM. The plan is to continue instruction online until we have clear guidance from the CDC, the government, and Wilson College (our landlord) regarding the safety measures that need to be in place for in-person instruction. There are many aspects to music instruction that need to be taken into account: appropriate social distancing while in lessons or classes, not all students and teachers can wear masks during instruction (wind instruments and vocalists), sanitizing shared instruments (pianos, drum sets), health checks at entry point, etc. The staff and I, as well as a committee of a variety of community members, are working on details of a reopening plan that will keep health and safety of our families at the forefront. This may involve phasing in instrument categories over a few weeks, with voice and flute students in the final phase. There will most likely be a mix of online and in-person lessons as we move through the next few months.
Heather Kline is working with our group instructors on creating engaging online camps and classes for the summer. In many cases, participants in these camps and classes will receive a kit of supplies to be used during the camp and class time. Please keep in mind that in some cases parent assistance will be needed during the camp or class time. As these details are clarified and confirmed, we will send email updates and post on social media. If there is a camp or class listed in the brochure or online that you were planning to register for, please be in touch with Valerie Merriman (email@example.com) so she can place you on an info list to receive the finalized information when it is available.
For those interested in Voice & Drama Camp, Heather is also looking into a virtual musical option: this is a show written and designed to be performed online! This will be a very unique and amazing experience!
I hope you plan to continue taking music lessons and classes over the summer. Registration is open now and continues throughout the summer. Please contact Valerie to set up dates and times with your instructor. Email is the best option (firstname.lastname@example.org) however if you would prefer a phone number, please respond to this email or email Valerie to let her know you would prefer a phone call. Since these phone calls are routed through Valerie’s personal phone, we would prefer to keep them to a minimum.
Heather McEndree, CVSM Executive Director
UPDATE: In response to Governor Wolf’s announcement, the CVSM offices and music store are closed indefinitely. Staff members are working from home and can be reached by email.
- Heather McEndree, Executive Director – email@example.com
- Heather Kline, Program Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Valerie Merriman, Registrar – email@example.com
- Sharon Eshleman, Bookkeeper – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Steph Allee, Marketing – email@example.com
- Sheryl Gudgeon, Store Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org
CVSM is teaching virtual lessons indefinitely. Your instructor will be in touch regarding plans for virtual lessons, make-ups, or credits. We will update information here as well as on our Facebook page as we monitor this evolving situation.
Thank you for your patience in this time of uncertainty in our community. The staff at CVSM and the administration of Wilson College met last week to clarify and set operations and procedures for the coming weeks to ensure the health and safety of all community members who come on campus.
THERE ARE TO BE NO STUDENTS ON CAMPUS. NO EXCEPTIONS. Please ask your instructor about virtual lessons, make-ups or credits. These missed lessons will not be counted as unexcused lessons.
OPTIONS & IDEAS FOR VIRTUAL LESSONS:
You may continue with your normal lesson schedule on a virtual platform. You can use the following platforms at no cost (other than use of your personal data plan or home internet access):
- Linkello (uses an internet connection & browser, completely free and does not require an account)
- Skype (available on your phone, tablet, or laptop, as long as there is a camera)
- FaceTime (if both you and the instructor have an Apple device)
- FB Messenger video (if both you and the instructor have a Facebook account and devices with cameras)
- Zoom (if your instructor sets up a free account)
Jane Peatling is a cellist and has been an instructor with CVSM since it was founded in 1990. She took a break from teaching in the 2000’s and has now been back teaching for 5 years. What she likes most about teaching at CVSM is being part of a vibrant musical community. She was originally drawn to teaching at CVSM for the energy of a new venture and the ease of the administrative side of arranging lessons.
Jane would use these three words to describe CVSM: Vibrant, Musical, and Community.
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Did you join the millions of people who set New Years Resolutions?
I heard an interesting change to the terminology that I find empowering: instead of a Resolution, it is a DETERMINATION. No matter the time of year, you can DETERMINE to make changes in your habits, including your musical habits.
- Be determined to attend more live performances.
- Be determined to learn a new piece of music by your favorite composer.
- Be determined to learn one new piece from each musical time period.
- Be determined to learn more information about your favorite composer or piece of music.
- Be determined to practice more.
Let’s focus on being determined to practice more. Read More
Jeff Noll, CVSM Instructor and Parent
CVSM has been my musical family for going on 27 years. I continue to teach piano, CVSM Children’s Choir (formerly Cumberbunds), and Voice Camp. It has been a pleasure to work with such gifted colleagues and to share the wonderful gift of music with hundreds of children over the years. I feel like CVSM has offered me a place to not just teach music, but see students grow in discipline, character and love for what is beautiful. To me, CVSM is about investing in the whole person. I have been there long enough now to say that I have Read More