Community Happenings

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Sunday, February 8th

Please join music educators from across Pittsburgh on Sunday, February 8th, for a special event featuring Eric Bluestine, author of The Ways Children Learn Music. Eric will discuss and demonstrate the pedagogy and implementation of Music Learning Theory—including techniques for tonal and rhythm exercises in general music. Along the way, Eric will share music lessons that include audiation exercises and other elements of music, and offer ways to integrate music with dance and poetry instruction. The future of MLT, with an eye on the new National Core Music Standards, will also be covered. PNC Recital Hall, Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University. 2:00–3:30; informal reception following. No charge or RSVP; reduced-fee parking at Forbes Avenue Garage. For more information, contact Dr. Paul Doerksen:

The Central Bucks High School West Music Department, in conjunction with ROLI and OOKA Restaurants is proud to present the Seaboard GRAND, live in concert.

The CBW Music Department will be the FIRST SCHOOL IN THE WORLD to take delivery of the revolutionary ROLI Seaboard GRAND Limited First Edition.

 Click here for the Seaboard GRAND Overview

 The evening will feature musical works and improvisations featuring the Seaboard GRAND performed by CBW Large Ensembles including the CBW Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Chamber Choir. 

Student soloists from across the district as well as special alumni guests will take the stage in performance.  Original works featuring the instrument have been commissioned and are being written by CBW alumni Andrew Carson and Matthew Samson. 

The concert will feature a special guest performance from CORY HENRY, world-renowned keyboardist and member of jazz fusion ensemble, SNARKY PUPPY.   Special guests from ROLI and OOKA will also be in attendance for the concert. 

Members from the ROLI team will be visiting CBW during the days leading up to the concert to capture candid rehearsal videos, conduct interviews, as well as take footage of the concert.  They plan to feature CBW students and this event in a small documentary piece covering the educational possibilities of the Seaboard GRAND. 

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Concert Date

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Concert Location

CBW Auditorium

375 West Court Street

Doylestown, PA 18901

Promising Young Composers Competition – Warren County

Warren County Summer Music School is pleased to announce its second annual Promising Young Composers Competition. Original vocal or instrumental compositions by composers ages 15-18, 19-23, and 24-30 are welcome for consideration by March 1, 2015. Compositions must be appropriate for performance by students in grades 7-12. First prize is $1,000 and each age group prize is $250. See for details and application.


NEH Summer Institute for Teachers:  Voices Across Time: Teaching American History Through Song

June 29-July31, 2015; (

Songs are like time capsules, filled with messages from a moment in history.  They’re also fun to sing, making them an appealing and effective tool for the classroom.   The Center for American Music at the University of Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Society for American Music (, is pleased to be offering its sixth five-week summer institute for K-12 teachers.  “Voices Across Time: Teaching American History Through Song” will be held from June 29 – July 31, 2015 at the University of Pittsburgh.  This Institute, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), will allow 25 secondary school teachers and three graduate students who intend to pursue careers in education, to explore topics in American history through the lens of music.  A few of the comments from teachers who have attended previous Voices Across Time institutes:

“I don’t think there is a day that goes by when I don’t think of the five weeks [when] we shared a wonderful experience at the University of Pittsburgh. I know that working with all of you has made me a better teacher.”

“Voices Across Time demonstrated the appeal and power of interdisciplinary learning. The extensive curriculum developed by the Center for American Music is easily implemented at any level, with rich bibliographies to encourage further research.

“It was a wonderful experience.”

Each week during the Institute we will focus on a broad topic in American history, utilizing popular songs as primary source documents. Carefully selected field trips along with historical live performances will offer uniquely engaging evocations of an historical context.

We encourage participation especially from middle- and high-school teachers of social studies or related disciplines, including history, geography, and language arts; other grade levels and disciplines will also be considered, and music teachers are welcome. Additional information, along with application materials, is available at or email: (please indicate NEH Institute in the subject line).  More information about the NEH and its programs is available at

 Hello Colleagues!

On Saturday, March 21, 2015, Council Rock High School North will be hosting our second annual “A Cappella At The Rock” Festival! After last year’s tremendous success, we look forward to bringing an even more exciting festival to the community!

This year, THE HOUSE JACKS ( will be providing Master Classes as well as seminars during the festival portion of the day. THE HOUSE JACKS feature some of today’s best a cappella singers, including Nick Girard (NBC’s The Sing Off), Deke Sharon (One of today’s most famous A Cappella Arrangers, Hal Leonard, NBC’s “The Sing Off,” Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2), John Pointer, Elliott Michael Robinson, and Austin Willacy.

The concert portion of this year’s program will begin at 7:30. Each group will perform their best song which will be adjudicated “Festival-Style” by the House Jacks. After Intermission, THE HOUSE JACKS will perform. We hope all groups can stay and be a part of our Grand Finale and Awards Program at the end of the evening.

We are currently looking for 10 High School Pop A Cappella Groups to be a part of our festival.

Here is a basic outline of what the day will involve:

 11:30AM           Arrival to Council Rock

12:00PM           Master Class Workshops / Seminars with THE HOUSE JACKS

                       (Each Group will receive Master Class time to work with members from THE HOUSE JACKS)                   

After the Master Class Workshops, THE HOUSE JACKS will host Seminars. You will have a chance to go to the seminar(s) that you fits you best, and groups may split up. Directors are encouraged to attend sessions that best compliment their group. Some of the topics include: Solo Delivery, Beginning Vocal Percussion, Close Harmony Blend, Contemporary A Cappella Arranging in 10 Steps, Sound & Tech

4:00PM             Sound Check & Rehearsal Time

5:00PM             Q&A with THE HOUSE JACKS

6:00PM             Dinner Available for Purchase at Council Rock North

7:30PM             A Cappella at the Rock Concert

                        ACT 1 – High School Festival Competition, ACT 2 – THE HOUSE JACKS

10:00PM          Awards Ceremony

To keep the cost of the festival realistic for all, each group will be required to pay a $250 registration fee.We realize this is different from last year, but think this is a fair fee for what everyone will be receiving. The fee includes admission into all sessions, the concert and periodic snacks.

Each director will receive feedback from THE HOUSE JACKS about their performances.

Tickets will be available for purchase beginning in February. Again, student participants and directors are admitted into the concert as part of the group registration fee. We had over 500 people at our first festival…we know this year’s festival will easily top that!

The fact is there are still few performance venues for Pop A Cappella Groups. We hope you will take advantage of this festival and be a part of something that is truly up and coming in our area.

There is limited space, so reserve your groups spot today!!!! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by email ( or phone (215-944-1335).

I look forward to hearing from you!

Jared Williams