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.
July 12, 2005
Reasons why you should be proud to be Americans To the editor: I am not an American. My first impression of Americans was formed by what I read, what I heard and what I saw. It wasn't a very flattering impression. Then I came to live in this country. I was surprised. You were not at all what I thought you were. In other countries, I've stood on garbage dumps and watched the very poor fight with the rats for what food they could find. I've seen children deliberately maimed by their parents so they could be put out on the streets to beg. I've helped a child who fell picking up every scrap of pasta from a street where passersby urinate freely.
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.
April 28, 2005
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra has one more stop on its 23rd season's musical journey. "An American in Paris," this weekend's grand finale productions, will feature popular works by 20th-century contemporaries George Gershwin, an American composer, and France's Maurice Ravel. "What's fun is that Ravel visited New York, and Gershwin visited Paris," said Music Director Elizabeth Schulze. Conducted by Schulze, the MSO will perform Gershwin's "An American in Paris" and Ravel's "Bolero.
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.
December 6, 2011
A new music organization will have its first meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Waynesboro Area Senior High School. Waynesboro Music Education Association's goal is to show the connections that music helps children make to the world, according to a news release. "In addition, they plan to demonstrate how a high-quality music education helps students to meet and exceed school district goals and curriculum standards through quality assessments and classroom experiences," the news release stated.
April 18, 2001
County administrator honored for excellence By MARLO BARNHART firstname.lastname@example.org As a musician, teacher and now administrator for Washington County schools, Susie Kunkle has championed the cause of music. Her efforts have not gone unnoticed. At a recent luncheon in Glen Burnie, Md., Kunkle was honored with the Excellence in Music Education award from the Maryland Music Education Association for the region from Carroll County west. The honor was a long time coming to the woman who started her musical career playing the clarinet in the first Williamsport band.
February 3, 2003
Young musicians from Washington County gather Saturday night at The Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown to perform with the Middle School and High School All County Bands. The high school band was led by guest conductor Dr. Harlan D. Parker, conductor of The Peabody Wind Ensemble and coordinator of the Music Education Division at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. The middle school band's guest conductor was Lynn Zeller, a retired band director from Allegany County.
July 11, 2005
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherd University has received full accreditation for three new graduate programs from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The degree programs receiving accreditation are the master of business administration, master of arts in teaching, and master of music - music education, according to a news release from the school. The accreditation is the culmination of two years of planning and preparation by Shepherd to develop graduate programs in response to the most pressing educational needs of the Eastern Panhandle and the surrounding region.
June 24, 2011
The following local students graduated May 14 from Messiah College: Michael Bard II of Needmore, Pa., graduated with a degree in business administration. Tiffany Brighton of Orrstown, Pa., graduated cum laude with a degree in nursing. Michael Donghia of St. Thomas, Pa., graduated cum laude with a degree in politics. Derek Forney of Shippensburg, Pa., graduated magna cum laude with a degree in broadcasting and communication. Lauren Gilbert of Chambersburg, Pa., graduated summa cum laude with a degree in psychology.