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Performathon raises musical excellence and money to benefit Cumberland Valley School of Music

March 16, 2013|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Madison Hartman, 7, Shippensburg, Pa., plays "Mulberry Bush" on the piano for Saturday's Performathon to benefit the Cumberland Valley School of Music at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa.
By Roxann Miller

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Seven-year-old Madison Hartman inched forward on the piano bench to reach the keys so she could play “Mulberry Bush” at Saturday’s Performathon to benefit the Cumberland Valley School of Music.

After giving a flawless performance, the young musician from Shippensburg, Pa., dashed off the stage at Wilson College’s Thomson Alumnae Chapel while the crowd still was giving her a rousing round of applause.

Playing in front of an audience wasn’t a bit nerve-wracking for Madison.

“I wasn’t scared at all. I’m happy,” Madison said after her performance.

The well-rounded musician also is a ballerina and soccer player. She has been taking private lessons at CVSM for about two years.

“I just like playing the piano and learning new songs,” Madison said.

About 160 CVSM students, from an enrollment of 600, played in the annual Performathon to raise money for the nonprofit organization, CVSM Executive Director Paula Hepfer said.

This year’s goal was $9,000, Hepfer said.

The school will not know if it has met its goal for several weeks after all of the sponsorship money has been collected.

Last year’s event raised $7,200, she said.

CVSM’s annual operating budget is approximately $500,000.

Students raised money through sponsorships and took turns performing at the event, which featured nine hours of continuous performances.

“This is a chance to expose students to the musical community that they belong to,” Hepfer said. “I think it really fosters musical community, and music is meant to be done with and for other people.”

Crenshaw Allen-Hall, 13, of Chambersburg, played “Under the Sea” on the piano as well as a duet on the flute with Heather McEndree, her CVSM teacher.

“I feel so relaxed when I play,” said Crenshaw, who began private piano lessons four years ago and flute lessons two years ago. “I dedicate a lot of time to it at home ... I feel like it’s something where I can just let go. It’s a big part of my life.”

Saturday’s performance was one that Sylvia McMullen, 16, of Chambersburg, felt good about.

After taking a bow at the end of her performance and hearing the crowd erupt in applause, a huge smile spread across Sylvia’s face.

“More than with anything else, I have confidence issues playing the violin in front of people,” she said. “I felt so happy because I felt like this was the best I’ve ever done so far.”

“Each time I play, my goal is just to do better than the last time, so it’s good for seeing improvement,” Sylvia said.

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