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Cumberland Valley School of Music presents the 27th Annual Gala Showcase Concert, Sunday, October 30, 2:00pm at Thomson Alumnae Chapel on the Wilson College Campus in Chambersburg. Andrew Stadler, CVSM alum and current graduate student at Yale University, is a featured performer and joins the school in honoring his former trumpet instructor, Gloria McCauley. The concert will also feature present and former faculty members, students, alumni, and members of the community. The program offers classical, Dixieland, opera, Broadway and popular music.

Gloria McCauley is one of the original faculty members of CVSM and has continued to

teach trumpet, French horn and piano lessons from when the school opened in 1990. She joined the founding Read More

CVSM Announces Free Community Events in August

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Members of the community have multiple opportunities to experience music with CVSM

Chambersburg–Cumberland Valley School of Music presents four free events for the community in August, including Chambersburg First Friday, a performance at Totem Pole Playhouse, a Student Recital and a main campus Open House.

Chambersburg First Friday on August 5th is themed Read More

CVSM Celebrates Music at Old Market Day

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Participants from CVSM summer camps plan two free performances

Cumberland Valley School of Music summer camp attendees will present two free performances during the Chambersburg Old Market Day festivities planned for Saturday, July 16.

Chambersburg YMCA Sam’s Camp children will sing and dance for their audience in the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 225 S. Second St., at 10 a.m. According to Diane Miller, a CVSM staff member who directs the camp and provides Zumba dance instruction, the selections are songs that “encourage positive messages to the kids” and promote awareness of music from several countries.

samsShe will be working with Erin C. Smith, the musical director, accompanist Justin Streletz, and Zachary Rotz, who will teach art during the camp to approximately 60 children.

Songs that the children are enjoying
learning this week are selected from: “Watoto Wa Dunia” (“Children of the Earth” in Swahili) by Albrecht & Althouse, “Woke Up This Morning” by Read More

Memorial Day Concert 2016

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Patriotic Vocal and Band arrangements to be showcased at a Free Concert by CVSM at the Chambersburg Memorial Park Band Shell

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CHAMBERSBURG–Everyone is invited to a free Memorial Day Concert at the Chambersburg Memorial Park Band Shell being offered by the Cumberland Valley School of Music. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the concert will highlight tunes that reflect our country’s founding and patriotic fervor.

Also on the program is a salute to those serve our country in the military.

Persons attending the event are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. In case of rain, the concert Read More

Chefs Walk 2016

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Chefs Walk 2016 Serves Up Exciting New Menus and Music
Food and Drink, Live Music, Dancers, and more!

CHAMBERSBURG, PA (April 21, 2016) – Cumberland Valley School of Music (CVSM) presents the 8th Annual Neighborhood Chefs Walk, a celebration of food and drink, music, and community, taking place on June 4, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Chefs Walk is a food and music crawl with local chefs, beer and wine tastings, a silent auction, and over 50 local musicians performing along Alexander Avenue in Chambersburg, PA.

“The Chefs Walk is a fabulous way to start the summer,” said Paula Hepfer, Executive Director of CVSM.  “The atmosphere is electric and relaxed at the same time.  It is truly enjoyable for people of all ages!”

This year’s event features seven dining stations from area chefs and Read More

Recognition Concert

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Cumberland Valley School of Music Students given Scholarships are presenting a free Concert on Sunday, April 24 in Chambersburg

Merit Recipient 2016

CHAMBERSBURG–Cumberland Valley School of Music plans to hold its annual Recognition Concert on Sunday, April 24 to feature the student recipients of the Merit Award Scholarship, the Henry and Janet Guarriello Scholarship, and graduating seniors who plan to major or minor in a performance art.

Free and open to the public, the concert will take place at the Thomson Alumnae Chapel on the Wilson College Campus, 1015 Philadelphia Avenue, Chambersburg. Each student will have a performance slot 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 26-year-old school’s existence. She recently commented about the merit audition process.

“All participating students benefit Read More

Cumberbunds Concert

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CVSM Cumberbunds Children’s Chorus Presents Free Concert Thursday, April 28


CHAMBERSBURG – Cumberbunds Children’s Choir members are fine tuning a variety of selections for a Spring Concert at the Wilson College Thomson Alumnae Chapel at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 28. Cumberland Valley School of Music features the children’s group as one of its offerings each semester.

Under the direction of Jeffrey Noll, choir director and CVSM instructor, the Cumberbunds concert will be free and open to the public. Noll said that the concert is the culmination of the spring semester for the 21-member “treble voice” choir that includes ages 4th through 8th grade.

In addition, the children will be joined by members of the Wilson College Choir Read More

Advice on Performing

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This month, the instructors at CVSM offer advice to students regarding performances. Most adults will agree that speaking and performing in front of an audience can be challenging, however the following tips and tricks can pave the road to success.

*Sequester yourself before a performance and BREATHE – slow and steady, hearing the music in your head as you relax. Relaxation, visualization, and poise will serve you better than talking, pacing, and practicing feverishly before a performance. ~ Elisabeth Turchi, voice instructor

*Advice I always give my students is to have a recital run through Read More

All About Practicing

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Practice. This single word brings many emotions to a musician: expectation, hope, frustration, dread.

Practice means to perform, over and over again

In the face of all obstacles,

Some art of vision, of faith, of desire.

Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.

~ Martha Graham

Practice is necessary to musical progress, but can be cumbersome Read More