Leadership change planned at Cumberland Valley School of Music

June 25, 2012
  • Andrew Sussman, left, will be stepping down as director of the Cumberland Valley School of Music, and will be replaced by Paula Hepfer.
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Cumberland Valley School of Music soon will be getting a new maestro.

Andrew Sussman, who has led the Cumberland Valley School of Music as executive director for the past 18 years, will be retiring from that position effective Sept. 1, according to a news release from the school.

Paula Hepfer, co-founder and current program director at the school, has been named as his successor.

In announcing his resignation, Sussman confirmed his ongoing support for the school and its mission and his satisfaction in watching its students as they grow and become enthused with the possibilities that music has to offer. He wants to pursue other “challenges, opportunities, and adventures,” according to the release.

Sussman, a former senior vice president of direct marketing with McGraw Hill’s Professional Book Group, was brought in as executive director in 1994 to manage CVSM. A trained musician and professional writer, he also brought extensive marketing and publicity experience from a wide variety of positions in the publishing, recording and music retail industries.

As a composer, he has written four musicals which have been performed locally and in New York City, incidental music for several other plays, and numerous jazz and cabaret songs which have been performed by artists in New Yrk, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Chambersburg.

Most recently, two of his songs were recorded on jazz singer Rene Marie’s latest CD, “Black Lace Freudian Slip.”

Hepfer, a Chambersburg native, has taught voice locally since 1985, first privately, and then as a faculty member at CVSM. She co-founded CVSM in 1990, and has served as its program director since the school’s inception.

She holds a bachelor of arts in applied music (vocal concentration) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s of music degree in voice from Penn State.

Hepfer has served on the adjunct music faculty at Penn State University, University Park Campus, and the Wilson College music faculty. She has performed as a vocalist in many Cumberland Valley School of Music programs, and at various other events in the area.

The Cumberland Valley School of Music has more than 50 faculty members serving more than 600 students of all ages at seven locations throughout the Cumberland Valley.

The school has launched scores of new programs and summer camps for students of all ages and musical disciplines, featured thousands of students and area professional musicians in recitals and concerts, and started many new ensembles, including the CVSM Community String Orchestra, the CVSM Concert Jazz Band, the CVSM New Horizons Band, and the Cumberbunds children’s chorus. 

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