Cumberland Valley School of Music celebrates 20 years

Gala showcase concert planned for Sunday

Gala showcase concert planned for Sunday

October 22, 2009|By NATALIE BRANDON / Special to The Herald-Mail

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Twenty years ago, Paula Hepfer and Meagan Boozer were just two women with a passion for music.

With the help of local volunteers, these women significantly changed the lives of thousands.

The Cumberland Valley School of Music (CVSM) is celebrating its 20th anniversary throughout the coming year. The anniversary kicks off with its Gala Showcase Concert 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at The Capitol Theatre.

Hepfer, a voice and beginning piano teacher, and Boozer, a piano teacher, taught music out of their own homes. Eventually, Boozer and her husband, John, a business man and music enthusiast, invited Hepfer and her husband, Sam, also a musician, to join them in starting a community music school.

"We both went to school at Penn State, where there was a community school of music in State College, of which we were both familiar," Hepfer said. "We felt that private music teachers working within a community setting would make for stronger teachers and better students."


Today, CVSM teaches music and drama to more than 600 students annually, employs 55 professional faculty members and offers programs at six locations in both Franklin County, Pa., and Washington County.

Hepfer is now the school's program director and she said she still teaches voice lessons at the school.

"I wanted to facilitate and enable the music makers in this area, and I believe we've done that," Hepfer said. "I want us to be vital and relevant to the culture we live in while teaching music of all kinds, both the classical literature through the contemporary."

The gala features a variety of music for every musical taste - from Vivaldi to Stephen Sondheim and Mozart to Jerome Kern.

The gala also will feature performances by CVSM faculty, alumni and special guest artists, the CVSM Community Spymphonic Band, String Orchestra, Concert Jazz Band and Jazz Quartet, Cumberbunds Children's Chorus and Adult Chorus.

"I can't imagine life without music," Hepfer said. "It accompanies all of life in every culture. It allows us to express our deepest emotions; it unifies, inspires and motivates people. ... It is basic to me being human."

If you go ...

WHAT: The Cumberland Valley School of Music 20th Anniversary gala showcase concert

WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25

WHERE: The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg, Pa.

COST: $15 advance, or $20 at the door; $8 for grades kindergarten through 12th, free for currently enrolled CVSM students and faculty.

CONTACT: Tickets are available at the CVSM office in Thomson Hall on the Wilson College campus, by calling CVSM at 717-261-1220, or online at .

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