Last November, concertmaster Katelyn Dill enchanted the standing-room audience with her lovely violin solo with the Shenandoah All County String Orchestra. The orchestra consisted of the auditioned students from the county high schools. Guest conductor, the distinguished Martin D. Glasco, told the listeners how impressed he was with the quality of the performers. Miss Dill, he felt, reflected professional-like magic.
The same audience heard the All County Middle School perform with award-winning guest conductor Anne Rupert. Rupert expressed joyful praise to be with the accomplished student musicians. She was likewise happy to be where the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival happens for 50 years. The admission was free, all seats and chairs were taken, and all the floor space was occupied with listeners.
In October, The Peter Muhlenburg Middle School Fall Choral Concert featured over 90 singers! Teacher Rebecca Cooper prepared the students for excellence.The boys wore white shirts, crimson cumberbunds, and black trousers. Girls wore long black dresses. The young singers reflected diversity in harmony and rhythm; mostly eyes forward … The crowd had not enough chairs or space. The performance was funded by bake sales because of lack of funds to pay for the music. Once again, the admission was free.
In March, another student performance promises to amaze the community at Peter Muhlenburg Middle School. Experience “James and The Giant Peach.” The admission is free, buy a brownie and bring a chair.
How much longer can the school facilities and the dedicated staff bring such beautiful sound and story from such a population of beautiful children? Bake sales will not repair the instruments, buy the music and materials for performance. Those 90 singers, alert and proud, are led by one teacher. We still have something beautiful here. How much longer ?
Dr. Eloise Clymer Haun, Woodstock
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