Music school fundraiser features nonstop performances

March 16, 2006|by KRISTIN WILSON

A violin performance of Vivaldi's Concerto in A minor: two to three minutes.

"Valse Gracieuse," a performance piece for flute: four minutes.

Vocal performances of "My Johann" and "Pieta Signore": seven minutes.

Total performance time at the Cumberland Valley School of Music Performathon: 13 to 14 minutes.

Gabrielle Sanfilippo, 15, has spent several months and dozens of hours practicing these flute, violin and vocal pieces to make her contribution to this weekend's continuous music performance fundraiser. On Saturday, March 18, Gabrielle and more than 150 other Cumberland Valley School of Music students plan to make seven hours of uninterrupted music - and an expected $10,000.

Each year students from the music school in Chambersburg, Pa., pitch in to raise money for their school while showcasing their talents. Performathon is one of the largest fundraisers for the school.


Music students collect pledges for every minute they perform. That money goes to help keep tuition rates affordable for students, explains Diane Meketa, registrar for the school.

"Better than any other event - and we have lots of them at the school - this event demonstrates what we do here," says Andrew Sussman, executive director of the school. Performathon "is a day to celebrate making music."

"For some kids this might be their first performance on our big stage," Meketa says. "For some little kids, their piano pieces might be only 30 to 45 seconds ... because that's all they know how to do."

The average performance time per student is three minutes.

Observing the Performathon gives audiences a flavor of the variety of musicians and music styles that come from the school, Sussman adds.

"You might have a 6-year-old followed by a 15-year-old or an adult," he says. "We have some rock 'n' roll groups performing. There's everything from rock and pop music to classical music. Even some musical theater."

If you go ...

WHAT: Cumberland Valley School of Music Performathon 2006

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 18

WHERE:Performances will take place continuously at the following locations: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thomson Chapel; Noon to 4 p.m. Allen Auditorium; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Studio 36 in Thomson Hall; Wilson College campus, 1015 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg, Pa.

COST: Free, donations welcome

DIRECTIONS: Take Interstate 81 north to Exit 17 (Walker Road) in Pennsylvania. Turn left onto Walker Road. Turn right onto Norland Avenue and then left onto U.S. 11 south. The campus will be on the right. Cumberland Valley School of Music parking is in the back of the college campus.

MORE: For more information, call 1-717-261-1220 or go to

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