March 21, 2013
Washington County Public Schools was honored for the fourth consecutive year with a Best Communities for Music Education award by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation, a national organization advocating for school-based music education. The award recognizes efforts of teachers, administrators, students and parents to keep music education an integral part of the core curriculum. The school system was one of a record 307 school districts honored across the country.
March 20, 2013
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., received the Support Music Award Wednesday for his support of music education in West Virginia. The award was presented in a Capitol Hill ceremony attended by the Shepherdstown (W.Va.) Middle School jazz ensemble, musical artists and other advocates for music education. The West Virginia leaders were each honored by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), VH1 Save The Music Foundation and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
January 14, 2013
The Tuscarora School Board officially approved a new superintendent of schools at its meeting Monday night. Charles Prijatelj, director of curriculum and instruction at West Middlesex (Pa.) Area School District, will replace Rebecca Erb, who is retiring after about five years as superintendent of the Tuscarora School District. The board approved a three-year contract for Prijatelj (pronounced pray-uh-tell) at a starting salary of $102,500. The wording in the deal approved by the board calls for pay increases of 2 percent each year of the contract.
June 17, 2012
The following area students were named to the dean's list for the spring semester at Messiah College: • Andrew Budd of Frederick, Md., a sophomore majoring in computer and information science • Shannon Cochran of Mount Airy, Md., a junior majoring in communication • Alexander Cormany of Chambersburg, Pa., a senior majoring in math with teaching certification • Caitlin Cormany of Chambersburg, a sophomore majoring in psychology ...
June 4, 2012
Emily Marie Hornbaker of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., a graduate of Berkeley Springs High School, was among the graduate and undergraduate students recognized at Frostburg State University's Honors Convocation in May. Hornbaker, who received departmental honors in music, graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in K-12 music education, with an emphasis in clarinet. She has been actively involved in FSU's Wind Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble, Marching Bobcats and University Chorale.
March 14, 2012
“Sacred Structures,” the fourth Masterworks concert of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's 30th anniversary season, explores the connections between early Christian music and the music of the concert hall, Music Director Elizabeth Schulze wrote in an email. Each of the four composers used ancient Christian chant music as a jumping off point in their works on this weekend's program, she wrote. Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov depicts a sacred ceremony in Russian Easter Festival Overture. Michael Daugherty, inspired by the grand architecture of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and the Empire State Building in New York, wrote “Raise the Roof.” “Prayer of St. Gregory” is Alan Hovhaness' prayer without words, and Ottorino Respighi's “Church Windows” portrays images in stained-glass windows.
March 3, 2012
Every year, organizers of the 2012 Franklin-Fulton County Chorus Festival manage to overcome tough challenges to host a crowd-pleasing performance. Saturday's performance in the auditorium at Chambersburg Area Senior High School was no exception. Nick Metz, a senior at Chambersburg Area Senior High School, has performed in county chorus for three years, and is proud of the end product that results after the initial challenges. “It's very much of a challenge. But somehow, in two days of practice, it comes together,” Metz said.
February 23, 2012
The Waynesboro Area School District music department will host its annual Music in Our Schools Month concert on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. at Waynesboro Area Senior High School's Performing Arts Center. This year's concert will feature choral students from Fairview, Hooverville, Mowery and Summitview elementary schools, along with students from Waynesboro Area middle and high schools. More than 700 students will participate in the event. There also will be a sneak preview of the high school's all-school production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” The concert is free and open to the public.
January 21, 2012
Most kids are excited when they see snow, but not 12-year-old Dakotah Johnson. He worried that Saturday's county band festival might be canceled. “He's been looking forward to it,” said Johnson's mother, Maria Stouder of Upper Strasburg, Pa. “He said, 'Oh no, Mom. It snowed.'” But it was going to take more than a few inches of snow to cancel the Franklin-Fulton County Music Educators Association's annual band festival. Aside from a 30-minute delay in the start time and several schools that pulled out of the festival at the last minute, the event went on as planned.
January 5, 2012
James Ernest Pantle, formerly of Shepherdstown, W.Va., died Wednesday, Jan, 4, 2012, at his home south of Martinsburg. W.Va. Born in Burlington, Kan., he was the son of the late Earl D. Pantle and Helen K. Pantle Clark. Jim graduated from Topeka High School and earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baker University in Baldwin, Kan. He taught both instrumental and choral music for three years in Harveyville, Kan. He then earned a master's degree in music from the University of Oregon, and continued graduate studies for one year in Oldenburg, Germany, at the University of Oregon center for music education.