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CVSM Wild West Ball

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Join Cumberland Valley School of Music (CVSM) at its “Wild West Ball” on February 24th at the Orchards in Chambersburg, PA.  The Annual Dinner Dance and Auction kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeurves and a signature drink  welcome, followed by a western-inspired meal by Chef Mike Kalathas, live and silent auctions, raffle, and musical entertainment provided by the Kenny i band. Wine and beer are complimentary with the purchase of a ticket.

The theme for this year’s event originated with CVSM alumna, Leah Gibson Serr. She and her team will create the mood and flavor of an upscale Wild West ball. Our Western-themed menu this year includes various choices of entrees including top round and beef brisket, both smoked to perfection. Also we will enjoy lightly charred BBQ chicken along with tasty shrimp. Our vegetarian entrée will be southwestern style quinoa stuffed peppers.  Also being served will be a southwestern salad along with a baked potato bar. This year’s dessert station will include a variety of delicious pies and cobblers along with sweet pralines and vanilla ice cream.

Marie from the Kenny i band will teach several country line dances sprinkled in with crowd-pleasing favorites from all decades and genres of music for dancing. Kenny i, with his astounding violin virtuosity, will surprise the crowd with his fiddlin’ skills. “By all measures, this will be a great knee-slappin’ good time!” says Executive Director Paula Hepfer.
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Festivities will include live and silent auctions plus a raffle of jewelry donated by Ludwig Jewelers of Chambersburg. Among the exciting auction items will be two tickets to see Jay Leno perform live at the Luhrs Center and a full 5 course meal + wine served in-home by Chef Grayson Bowman. Other items available for bidding at the auction include: a beautiful sunflower field picture printed on acrylic;  a fully stocked whiskey bar; a Penn State tailgate package; many gift cards to various locations, along with other items too numerous to mention.

New auction items are being received daily, and a complete list will be posted on the CVSM website closer to the event date. John Kohler of Gateway Gallery Auction will serve as auctioneer for the live auction.  All proceeds benefit CVSM, a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.  Cash, checks and major credit cards will be accepted.

“Wild West Ball” is so much more than a celebration; it is about raising funds to enhance our musical community. The live auction will also include a “Fund-a-Need” component, where attendees can pledge contributions to the school. CVSM awards both need-based and merit-based scholarships to area students and provides music education opportunities throughout the community.

Tickets are $100.00 per person or $750.00 for a table for eight.  Tickets can be purchased now by contacting the school at (717) 261-1220 or online at www.cvsmusic.org/product/dinner-dance. You may also view the auction items through the same website link.
 
CVSM is marking its 22nd year of hosting the event. F&M Trust is continuing as a dedicated corporate sponsor, a role it adopted with the event’s inception in 1996.  The Dinner Dance & Auction is now CVSM’s largest fundraising event of the year.

UNITING IN SONG

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Musicians from the Cumberland Valley School of Music will note the power of music to transform generations and nations during a Nov. 5th, 3 p.m. Gala Showcase Concert. Music from the 15th century through today will be brought to the stage by vocalists and ensembles.

Location of the performance is the Thomson Alumnae Chapel, located on the Wilson College Campus.

Commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation prompted by Martin Luther, a CVSM Showcase Choir will perform “A Mighty Fortress is Our God,” under the direction of Corey Evan Rotz. Luther and musicians of Read More

OKTOBERFEST MUSICALE TO SUPPORT CVSM

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WE’LL HAVE A BARREL OF FUN!

A traditional German Band,  Beer, Wine and Food will be on tap at the Oktoberfest Musicale held from 3:00 to 5:00 PM on Sunday, October 8. The Event will be held at the Barrel House at 39 N. 3rd Street, Chambersburg. Tickets are $35 per person with proceeds supporting Cumberland Valley School of Music.

The local celebration is modeled after the annual Oktoberfest event originating in Germany in 1810. Music, Beer and Food are the center of this annual celebration, making The Barrel House and Cumberland Valley School of Music the perfect pairing for this celebration.

The Barrel House is a one of a kind venue. This truly unique 1910 New York Style Industrial Home has a rich history. In the 1900’s Read More

9th Annual Neighborhood Chefs Walk

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Chefs Walk 2017 Serves Up Exciting New Menus and Music
Food and Drink, Live Music, Dancers, and more!
 
CHAMBERSBURG, PA (May 18, 2017) – Cumberland Valley School of Music (CVSM) presents the 9th Annual Neighborhood Chefs Walk, a celebration of food and drink, music, and community, taking place on June 3, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Chefs Walk is a food and music crawl with local chefs, beer and wine tastings, and over 50 local musicians performing along Alexander Avenue in Chambersburg, PA.  Read More

Memorial Day Remembrance in Music

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Join area musicians this Memorial Day as they offer a free concert to remember the sacrifices of America’s fallen soldiers. Hosted by the Cumberland Valley School of Music (CVSM), the open-air concert will be held at the Chambersburg Memorial Park band shell on Monday, May 29th at 7:30pm. The concert will include a flag-folding ceremony to honor America’s veterans, and during the Read More

Free Encore Concert to Showcase Talents of Six Area Groups

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Six area performing groups will combine to present voice and instrumental music during the Encore Musicians Concert on Saturday, April 29, at Chambersburg’s First United Methodist Church. It will be the third annual Encore event sponsored by the Cumberland Valley School of Music.

Free and open to the public, the concert will begin at 1:30 p.m. Off-street parking is available in the lot adjacent to the 225 S. Second St. church.

Representing an important part of CVSM’s mission to provide education and performance opportunities to musicians of all ages, performers will range in age from 40 to 95.

Each group will perform a Read More

Student Scholarship Recipients Perform for Annual Recognition Concert

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Cumberland Valley School of Music plans to hold its annual Recognition Concert on Sunday, April 23 to feature the student recipients of the Merit Awards Scholarships, the recipient of the Henry and Janet Guarriello Scholarship, and graduating seniors who plan to major or minor in a performance art.
 
Free and open to the public, the concert will take place at the Thomson Alumnae Chapel on the Wilson College Campus, 1015 Philadelphia Avenue, Chambersburg. Each student will perform during the 3 p.m. concert.
 
According to Paula Hepfer, CVSM executive director, the Merit Awards Scholarship process was formed Read More

CVSM String Orchestra is Fine Tuning for Free Spring Concert

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Everyone is welcome to attend the spring concert by the Cumberland Valley School of Music Community String Orchestra. Admission is free to the Tuesday, March 28 event being held at 8 p.m. in the Thomson Chapel. Location of the chapel is the Wilson College Campus.

Pianist Brian Helman is returning to perform with the group, according to
Director Herman Hopple. Helman, who is also a CVSM instructor, is slated to perform a challenging Willy Ostyn Piano Concerto. 

“Ostyn composed a plethora of works—many similar in style to George Gershwin,” Hopple said, adding that he is looking forward to Helman performing the piece entitled, “Concertstuk voor piano en strikers” with the orchestra. Hopple added that the title indicates a small concerto with piano and strings. The piece is about 20 minutes in length.

A well-known composer in his Read More

Local Kids Roll the Dice in Musical – Guys and Dolls Jr.

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A cast of 40 young actors will roll the dice on a production of Guys and Dolls Jr on Friday March 10th and Saturday March 11th in Wilson College’s Laird Hall. The cast ranges in age from 7 to 18 and brings all the enthusiasm and energy of youth to this adaptation of the classic Broadway musical comedy Guys and Dolls. Adapted for young voices, the show features some of Broadway’s most memorable songs like “Luck Be A Lady,” “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” and “I’ve Never Been in Love Before.” Guys and Dolls Jr is the second collaboration between Cumberland Valley School of Music (CVSM) and the Wilson College Performing Arts Series.
 
Considered by many to be one of the best-ever musical comedies, Guys and Dolls first opened on Broadway in 1950 during Broadway Read More

CVSM “All That Jazz” Dinner Dance and Auction

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Cumberland Valley School of Music (CVSM) will host its Annual Dinner Dance and Auction on February 25th at The Orchards in Chambersburg, PA.  The event, themed “All That Jazz,” kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a champagne welcome, followed by a three-course meal by Chef Mike Kalathas, live and silent auctions, raffle and music and entertainment provided by the Kenny i band. Wine and beer are complimentary with the purchase of a ticket.

“This year’s dinner dance features great food and music with some theme-inspired Read More